June 27 is the next chance for patrons of the Lucas Theatre to join performers on stage as the storied spot is transformed to a lounge in the finale of a three-series Speakeasy Cabaret.
The event is a Broadway Review of two 45-minute sets featuring local favorites Roger Moss, Trae Gurley and Cat Yates singing some of the Great White Way's most memorable tunes, ranging from "South Pacific" to "The Phantom of the Opera."
Though the Lucas' stage is usually packed with performers and expansive set pieces (or just a big movie screen), the set will be composed of a piano, champagne, light hor d'oeurves and lounge chairs, or the bottle of wine you bring from home.
If you've ever attended a musical event in Savannah, then Moss' name is probably familiar. The Tennessee native has become a staple of the Savannah music scene, helping to co-found the Savannah Children's Choir, amongst other accolades.
"The cabaret is really catching on," Moss said. "They've had it for two weeks now, and each week it's been building. The word-of-mouth buzz about it is really strong right now. It's such a unique thing. The audience gets a whole different perspective, because they're actually on stage with the performers."
Moss is most excited about the opportunity to work with Gurley, another Savannah vocal icon. Gurley, hailed as "Frank Sinatra reincarnated," hosts a weekly jazz review at Jazz'd Tapas Bar.
"It's rare that Trae Gurley and I get too work together," Moss said. "We usually have scheduling conflicts, so this is going to be a little treat."
Accompanying Moss and Gurley will be Kim Steiner, a Broadway veteran and co-founder of the Speakeasy Cabaret.
Steiner was approached by the Lucas' Managing Director Meaghan Walsh Gerard and Production Manager David Harris with the idea of doing a cabaret. Steiner, who recently moved to Savannah to teach at SCAD, was enthralled with the idea.
"We're trying to start a cabaret here in Savannah," Steiner said. "What I wanted to do was bring the public into the Lucas Theatre with the aspect of them being on stage, looking into the audience, in a very intimate setting. I fell in love with the Lucas when I first stepped into it."
The cabaret's informal setting is meant to create a closer connection between the audience and the performer. However, don't confuse the cabaret with your Friday night karaoke. Steiner is putting together not only great local talent, but also Broadway performers he's become friends with during his own extensive career.
"I also wanted to highlight all the local talent here in Savannah," Steiner said. "They (Moss, Yates, and Natasha Drena) are my three core people. I am going to start bringing in performers from Florida, Los Angeles and New York."
Steiner's resume consists of a repertoire of Broadway musical theatre. He's been involved in professional productions of everything from "Fame" to "Guys and Dolls." Steiner's experience includes stints on Broadway, off-Broadway, in regional theaters and on national tours.