The Lucas Theatre continues its new summertime speakeasy-themed cabaret shows with a spotlight on Savannah's award-winning singer/songwriter, Johnny Mercer. The show will also celebrate the 280th anniversary of the city's founding.

According to the theatre's managing director, Meaghan Gerard, there is no formal pre-set song list, but the audience can expect to enjoy an evening of Mercer favorites.

"It's a free-form type of show and it's up to the performers to choose what they want to perform with the pianist," Gerard said. "It's a little fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of show, but the performances are always great and we've received a lot of positive feedback so far."

The Mercer and Savannah Night show will take place July 11 at Lucas Theatre for the Arts. There are no advance ticket sales for the all-ages show, and the entrance is located through the side doors, not the front. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. for the 8 p.m. performance.

"Seating is limited to 100, and we've already had a couple of nights where we reached capacity and had to stop selling tickets and lock the doors," Gerard said.

The reason for the limited seating is due to the set-up of the stage. According to Gerard, in order to achieve the 1920s lounge-type feel, the stage is arranged with couches, high-back chairs and small tables and chairs. The musicians are at the edge of the stage, with the theater as the backdrop.

Audiences will enjoy live cabaret performances from vocalists Kim Polote, Roger Moss and Trae Gurley, with Kim Steiner on piano.

While the Lucas will have its bar open, the speakeasy vibe is further highlighted by what the Lucas calls BYOB - bring your own bootleg.

"You may bring your own bottle of wine (no liquor, please), and we charge a $10 corkage fee, which applies for us to open the bottle for you ... and we do have wine glasses to use, too," Gerard explained.

But what's a jazz club without a dance floor?

"There certainly will be room on the stage for people to dance if they want," Gerard said. "Some people even like to dress up. It's not required, but it makes it more fun to arrive in cocktail attire."


What: Mercer and Savannah Night

When: July 11; doors open at 7:30 p.m., show begins at 8 p.m.

Where: Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St.

Cost: $20 general admission, $10 students, limited to 100 people

Info: 912-525-5040