Just as the Savannah summer heat settles in, the Lucas Theatre for the Arts ends its first speakeasy cabaret series with a tribute to Hammerstein, Gershwin and Berlin.

According to managing director Meaghan Gerard, "The audience can expect to hear some Broadway favorites and some standards from the 'Great American Songbook.'"

The live cabaret performance features Kim Steiner on piano alongside vocalists Cat Yates, Roger Moss and Trae Gurley.

"This is our last show for the summer, so we really want to encourage everyone to come dressed in cocktail attire and make it a really big party," Gerard said.

But don't say goodbye to the popular speakeasy cabaret show just yet. Gerard said there are plans to keep the series going in the fall.

"We know we definitely want to host a Sondheim night," she said. "We just don't have the dates confirmed yet, but we'll put up an announcement on our Facebook page and website once we confirm everything."

Hammerstein, Gershwin & Berlin will take place July 18 at Lucas Theatre for the Arts. There are no advance ticket sales for the all-ages show, and doors will open at 7:30 p.m. for the 8 p.m. performance.

For those who haven't gone to one of these shows yet, make sure you don't show up at the front doors of the theater. The line begins at the side door to mimic the secret entrance of a speakeasy, and the theme continues once inside.

According to Gerard, in order to achieve the 1920s lounge-type feel, everyone stays on the stage for the performance and the stage is arranged with couches, tables, high-back chairs and smaller chairs. The musicians are at the edge of the stage with the theater as the backdrop.

While the set-up achieves its intended purpose, it also limits seating to 100, and Gerard urges everyone to arrive early so they don't miss out on the fun.

While the theater 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 ... and we do have wine glasses to use, too," Gerard said.

And don't forget to bring your dancing shoes. "There is a small dance floor on the stage and there is certainly room for dancing," she added.


What: Hammerstein, Gershwin & Berlin

When: July 18, 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