For the past year and a half, singer Roger Moss and pianist Kim Steiner have been performing a popular monthly cabaret downstairs at East End Provisions with a thematic focus on the American Songbook.
“We’ve had a Gershwin night, a Cole Porter night, and of course, we’re in Savannah so we’ve had a Mercer night,” said Moss.
Now Moss and Steiner are taking their act to a bigger stage at the newly opened Victory North. Moss had performed at a soft opening at Victory North and is looking forward to bringing his cabaret to a larger audience.
“My claim to fame now is that I sang the first note at Victory North,” said Moss with a laugh. “The acoustics are amazing.”
Moss and Steiner will be joined by some special guests. Moss called on his friend Phillip Boykin who is a two-time Grammy Award nominee and winner. Boykin is also an original cast member of “Once on this Island” and won a Grammy for the cast recording.
“I was pretty thrilled when Phillip said yes, because he’s in pretty high demand and he’s an incredible performer,” said Moss. “He’s got a ridiculous voice, but also his stage presence, his sincerity when he performs, is astounding.”
Moss also invited Mikki Sodergren to perform with them. Sodergren is an American Traditions Vocal Competition Gold Medalist.
“A little bit of trivia, Phillip Boykin was also at least a finalist on American Traditions, and so was I,” Moss explained. “That is the ‘Kevin Bacon’ story of our degrees of separation.”
With so much talent on stage, the cabaret could easily be considered an American Traditions showcase.
Besides established performers, Moss & Steiner will put a spotlight on new local singer, Danielle Smart.
“She is an incredible soprano with a very soulful voice,” said Moss. “She will actually be doing a duet with Phillip which is pretty amazing. It’s your first time on a big stage and you’re doing a duet with a Tony Award winner.”
With a variety of voices on stage, Moss and Steiner are going off of the usual themed playbook with the addition of bass and drums to support Steiner’s piano, and a more varied setlist.
“It’s still the American Songbook, but we’re going to be all over the place,” said Moss. “We’re going to have a little bit of Broadway, a lot of the American Songbook. We’ll even have a little gospel and some juke joint influence, as well. It’s going to be a fun night.”
Bringing such high caliber talent to Savannah is a big stretch for Moss and Steiner, so they are really hoping the city turns out, so that they can continue to put on high quality cabarets.
“What we’ve seen downstairs at East End is that there is a following,” said Moss. “A lot of people who come have been to cabarets in New York, and that is the model. It’s not a variety show—it’s sincere, honest singing.”