Kolin and I recently made our first trip to the Savannah Theatre in Savannah, GA to see Southern Nights: The Country Review. Though billed as the one of the oldest theaters in America, I do have to admit the Art Deco appearance of the theater suggests that it was built far after 1818; however, due to several fires much remodeling has taken place throughout the centuries. Nevertheless, the grandeur of old Hollywood greets you as you enter the lobby. A sweeping spiral staircase up to the balcony level is lined with poster sized portraits of some of the actors that have visited the stage. The popcorn and snacks still fill the air with that familiar comfortable scent. After getting a few sodas and a popcorn, we headed into the theater. I have to admit, I was ready for some cheesy, far-out renditions of twangy country classics that I had never heard of….
To my surprise, the show started with a salute to our freedom and pride for our troops with some great upbeat country patriotic songs. Then we transitioned into fun country rock from yesterday and today’s charts. The voices were phenomenal. The entire cast actually was no less than extremely professional and energetic. There were costume changes, jokes, and even a segment with audience involvement. My personal favorite was when the entire cast and talented band came to the front of the stage and casually sat around and just did acoustic versions of some great songs from the Dixie Chicks, Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, and the Zack Brown band. I was completely taken by surprise by the amount of real talent and vigor these actors and musicians mustered up every night. The shows at the Savannah Theater are not only worth the visit, I highly recommend one be a highlight of anyone’s trip. Today’s vibrant cast puts on several shows each week and each night boasts energetic singing and acting out of each member.
(The Historic Savannah Theatre in Savannah, GA is America’s oldest continuously operating theater. It opened in 1818 and has since hosted a myriad of wonderful shows and performers. Some notable actors to grace the early stage were W.C. Fields, Julia Marlowe, Otis Skinner, and Henry Irving.)
Azalea Inn and Gardens Bed and Breakfast in Savannah, GA’s historic district is a short walk from the Savannah Theatre.