Ol' Devil Sherman & the Mint Juleps are bringing their exuberant and vivacious 1920s and '30s-themed variety show spectacular to Muse Arts Warehouse for two nights only, and it's shaping up to be a rollicking, frolicking good time.
After an overwhelmingly successful Kickstarter campaign to fund Ol' Devil Sherman & the Mint Juleps, the two women behind the production, Megan Jones and Bonnie Bozell, decided to team up with three other ladies in the local performance community who are also trying to resurrect the age-old art of burlesque for audiences in Savannah.
Anita Narcisse, Wendy Denney and Jessica Knapp are concurrently creating the Savannah Sweet Tease Burlesque Revue, an all-girl act that, unlike the Ol' Devil show, they hope to have as a regular, recurring night around town. The variety show at Muse will be serving as their coming out party of sorts.
"We were really lucky to find them," Jones said. "They worked together with us so hard on almost every aspect of the Ol' Devil Sherman show and it looks amazing. It's going to be wild."
"The fact that they're bringing in the Vaudeville acts and all these different things just makes it a much cooler show," she said. "We've been working really hard to make it something that's reminiscent of the spirt and mystique of Savannah."
The cornucopia of acts planned include a juggling and accordion-playing clown, a snake dancer, a funny man duo, balloons, swords and an assortment of other oddball sideshow acts, as well as a very special "secret act," planned to delight unsuspecting showgoers.
Skippy Spiral is the accordion-playing clown who will be bringing his unique brand of song and juggling to the proceedings. He's a true vagabond Renaissance man who describes himself as a performance artist with the "heart of a gypsy."
Originally from Los Angeles, Skippy has lived in various cities around the country performing in numerous bands and art projects over the years, and in addition to his prodigious musical talents, he's also a writer, filmmaker, actor and doll crafter who currently works as a ghost tour guide.
The guitar and upright bass duo Skeleton Of It will also be performing, bringing their particular brand of crooning to the Ol' Devil Sherman stage both nights.
They'll be covering the Ethel Waters song "I've Found A New Baby," which Josephine Baker also did a rousing version of back in the day.
Skeleton Of It is made up of husband-and-wife team Al Random and B. Serious, who have both been active in the Savannah music scene as part of the bands Free Candy and Dinosaur Tea Party.
But that's not even the tip of the iceberg. The ladies behind the show play it fairly close-lipped when it comes to divulging all the treats they have in store, but suffice it to say, you should expect the unexpected.
"There's definitely a lot of glam and glitz in this show," Jones said, smiling mischievously. "And don't forget that we have a special surprise planned."
"I feel like the people of Savannah will really get into this sort of thing," Denney said. "They really like kooky stuff like this, so the show's going to be great!"
What: Ol' Devil Sherman & the Mint Juleps Vaudeville and Burlesque Show
When: 8 p.m. June 27, 28
Where: Muse Arts Warehouse, 703 Louisville Road
Cost: $20, $15 for students/military
Info: Megan Jones, 912-412-1469