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District Live at Plant Riverside District to Present Johnny Mercer Cabaret on August 12-15


New Production Will Feature Roger Moss, Stacie Joy Orrico and Kim Douglas Steiner

SAVANNAH, Ga. (July 30, 2021) – District Live, an exciting new live music venue at Plant Riverside District in Savannah, Ga., will present the Johnny Mercer Cabaret, a dazzling show featuring the iconic hits and award-winning songs of Savannah native Johnny Mercer from August 12-15, 2021. 

The Johnny Mercer Cabaret cast is led by a talented trio, including Grammy Award-nominated singer, songwriter and jazz performer Stacie Joy Orrico; accomplished Broadway and Off-Broadway musical director Kim Douglas Steiner; and acclaimed vocalist and American Traditions Competition finalist Roger Moss.

Considered one of the greatest American songwriters of all time, Johnny Mercer wrote the lyrics to more than 1,700 songs from the 1930s to the 1970s. A four-time Oscar winner and 18-time honoree, Mercer crafted the soundtrack of a generation, including iconic hits like “Hooray for Hollywood,” “Accentuate the Positive,” “Come Rain or Come Shine” and the Academy Award-winning “Moon River” from the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961).

Mercer absorbed the influences of the coastal South and its people, merging music to create an entirely new sound. Inspired by the world of blues and jazz, he wove African-American musical culture into the rhythm of his lyrics, creating many well-known songs that span the decades. Mercer also founded Capitol Records in 1942.

“Savannah is proud to claim Johnny Mercer as one of our own and continues to celebrate this beloved songwriter to this day,” said Tyler Gray, Director of Entertainment at JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District. “It seems only fitting that one of our first shows at Plant Riverside District’s state-of-the-art music venue will be the Johnny Mercer Cabaret. We’re delighted to present this exceptional show, featuring the world-class talent of Stacie Joy Orrico, Kim Douglas Steiner and Roger Moss.”

District Live will host six Johnny Mercer Cabaret performances on Thursday, August 12 at 5 p.m.; Friday, August 13 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, August 14 at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, August 15 at 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. 

Tickets are $25 in advance and $28 at the door. Tickets are currently available for purchase at Ticketmaster.com.  

ARTIST BIOS

Stacie Joy Orrico: 

Stacie is a Grammy Award- nominated American singer and songwriter. In 1998, she signed to Forefront Records when she was 12 years old, and recorded her first album, Genuine (2000), which sold over 500,000 copies. The Genuine Album caught the attention of Destinyʼs Child, and she was offered an opening spot on their first headlining tour, launching her into the mainstream. After her first album, she signed to a new record label, Virgin Records, and started to record her self-titled album Stacie Orrico (2003). The first single “Stuck”, followed by her second single “Thereʼs Gotta Be More To Life“ made it into the Top 5 at Top 40 radio, and the album has achieved sales worldwide of over 3.5 million. Over the years she has written and collaborated with Dallas Austin, Harvey Mason Jr., Damon Thomas, Track and Field, The Fray, Anthony Dent, Shekspere, Toby Gad, Salaam Remi, Novel, Kaygee and Dwayne Bastiany. In 2018, Stacie teamed up with Jenny Wade and Heather Marie Stringer to start the Nile Project, an artistʼs collective and salon for creative women. She now lives in Savannah with her husband, Isaiah Johnson, and their two children.

Kim Douglas Steiner:

Kim’s theatrical credits include Broadway and Off-Broadway productions as Musical Director for productions such as Nine, Forbidden, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and The Fantasticks. His extensive production career has garnered luminary work with talents such as Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera, Alan Cumming, Carol Channing and Ashford & Simpson, among others. Kim has taught at many of the country’s prestigious musical institutions including The Berkeley College of Music, Boston Conservatory and the New School.

Roger Moss:

Originally from Chattanooga, Tenn., Roger now resides in Savannah, Ga. His rich baritone voice has garnered many awards including finalist in the American Traditions Competition. Over the course of a lengthy performing career, he has appeared in musicals such as Showboat and Ain’t Misbehavin’ and cabaret performances showcasing compositions from Tin Pan Alley and the American Songbook. Most recently he appeared in the Arts Center production of A Broadway Christmas. Roger performs throughout the Southeast and across the nation in both theatrical and musical productions and is a sought-after blues and jazz vocalist throughout the coastal region.

ABOUT PLANT RIVERSIDE DISTRICT:

Plant Riverside District, located at 400 W. River Street, is a vibrant entertainment destination and Savannah’s Entertainment District. From incredible dining and high-end shopping to live music and spectacular performances, Plant Riverside District creates elegantly curated experiences, stripping away the unnecessary to reveal the exceptional. Once an iconic power plant in Georgia, Plant Riverside District now represents the beauty of progress. Whether seeking a romantic getaway or a work hard/play hard business trip, Plant Riverside District provides a setting suited to your needs, blending timeless sophistication with eye-catching details. Experience three unique buildings for a customized atmosphere to match your style: bold, contemporary maritime details in the Atlantic; romantic, elegant styling in the Three Muses; and chic historic architecture in the Power Plant. Complete your experience with numerous dining options, rooftop bars, a concert venue, art gallery, riverfront park and even natural science exhibits to spark your imagination. For more information, please visit www.plantriverside.comand follow @plantriversidedistrict on Facebook and Instagram.

ABOUT THE KESSLER COLLECTION:

The Kessler Collection's portfolio of passionately created and artistically inspired boutique hotels boasts chic design, luxurious accommodations, enriching ambiance and intuitive service. Whether visiting properties in Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina or South Carolina, each hotel's exquisite art, music and cultural influences are deliberately approachable. Designed to inspire mystique and to encourage unforgettable experiences, Kessler guests are immersed in redefined Bohemian luxury, from an 1888 historic hotel and a cutting-edge downtown icon to a premier luxury lodge, high-design Southern mansion and elite ski lodge. The Kessler Collection was the founding member of the Marriott Autograph Collection, introduced with seven Autograph Collection branded hotels. Each property is a bold, original hotel carefully created with style and the individualist traveler in mind. For more information about The Kessler Collection, please visit www.kesslercollection.com or call 888.472.6312.

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NOTE TO MEDIA: Please click HERE to download high-res photos of Roger Moss, Stacie Joy Orrico and Kim Douglas Steiner.

Please contact Allison Hersh at [email protected] or 912-441-1285 to schedule media interviews about the Johnny Mercer Cabaret.