It’s been a few years since he performed here, but lucky fans will get another chance to see award-winning singer/songwriter/actor/talk show host Harry Connick Jr. in Savannah just in time for the holidays.

Connick is bringing his fall concert series, “A New Orleans Tricentennial Celebration, Holiday Edition” to the Johnny Mercer Theatre at 7 p.m. Dec. 9.

 

Connick and his band will perform songs to pay tribute to New Orleans — which turns 300 this year — as well as some of his holiday favorites. And when this leg of his tour stops in New Orleans on Dec. 15, he will play a special show to benefit the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, which he co-founded in the Ninth Ward after Hurricane Katrina devastated Connick’s hometown.

Critics say “A New Orleans Tricentennial Celebration” has the feel of an old-school variety show, and even his 10-piece band of superstars cannot steal the show from this world-class entertainer and charming host.

For those not familiar with Connick’s career, the New Orleans native began performing as a pianist and vocalist at age 5. He has gone on to win multiple Grammy and Emmy awards, as well as Tony nominations for his live and recorded musical performances, acting roles and Broadway appearances as both actor and composer.