Plant Riverside to Celebrate the Savannah Icon with Johnny Mercer Cabaret
District Live, the new concert venue in the Plant Riverside District, will present the Johnny Mercer Cabaret, a dazzling new show featuring iconic hits and award-winning songs by Savannah native Johnny Mercer from August 12-15.
The Johnny Mercer Cabaret cast is led by a talented trio, including Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and jazz performer Stacie Joy Orrico; accomplished Broadway and Off-Broadway Music Director Kim Douglas Steiner; and acclaimed singer and American Traditions Competition finalist Roger Moss.
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“Johnny Mercer was a brilliant songwriter who was able to combine his Southern roots, the influence of African American music with his social life that spanned from Savannah in New York to Los Angeles,” the singer said. Roger Moss, who performs in the South East and across the nation in theatrical and musical productions.
“Besides being an Oscar-winning lyricist, he was also a brilliant businessman. He founded Capitol Records and signed, among many artists, including Nat King Cole, Peggy Lee and Mel Torme and The Beatles.
Considered one of the greatest American songwriters of all time, Johnny Mercer wrote the lyrics for over 1,700 songs from the 1930s to the 1970s. Four-time Oscar winner and 18-time honored Mercer created the soundtrack generation, including iconic hits like “Hooray for Hollywood”, “Accentuate the Positive”, “Come Rain or Come Shine” and Oscar winner “Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961).
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“Our show incorporates visuals relating the life of Johnny Mercer as well as information about his life,” Moss said. “Stacie Oricco’s voice was made to sing Johnny Mercer. Kim Steiner’s arrangement, enhanced by two other talented musicians, captures the essence of Johnny Mercer. Plus, this show takes place in the brand new theater, District Live at Plant Riverside. Every seat is a great seat.
Mercer absorbed influences from the coastal south and its inhabitants, fusing music to create an entirely new sound. Inspired by the world of blues and jazz, he has woven African-American musical culture into the rhythm of his lyrics, creating many well-known songs that span the decades.
“Savannah is proud to claim Johnny Mercer as one of us and continues to celebrate this beloved songwriter to this day,” said Tyler Gray, entertainment director at JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District.
“It seems very fitting that one of our first shows in the state-of-the-art concert hall in Plant Riverside District is the Johnny Mercer Cabaret. We are delighted to present this exceptional show, featuring the world-class talent of Stacie Joy Orrico, Kim Douglas Steiner and Roger Moss.
District Live will host six performances of Johnny Mercer Cabaret on Thursday August 12th at 5pm; Friday, August 13 at 7 p.m. Saturday August 14 at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday August 15 at 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Tickets cost $ 25 in advance and $ 28 at the door and are available on Ticketmaster.com.