County, rock ’n’ roll, jazz and even Broadway music can all be found at the Savannah Theatre. The original 1818 theater opened with a production of the comedy “A Soldier’s Daughter.” Since then, the buildings on that site, including the current 1948 building, have been continuously operated as theaters.
Designed in an Art Moderne style — a plainer version of Art Deco — the theater retains one of the original 1818 walls inside the building.
The Savannah Theatre is owned by a theater company from Branson, Mo., that produces its musical reviews of oldies and Broadway tunes.
The theater has many accolades to its name, including a Silver Winner of the Favorite Theater/Show Venue awarded by NTA and TripAdvisor.com’s ranking of the theater as the No. 1 thing to do in Savannah.
From September to November, the theater will run “The Beat Goes On,” which covers songs from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s with big hair and lively dancing. “Southern Nights” will also run during those months with a wide range of Southern music, including “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Jailhouse Rock” and “Midnight Train to Georgia.”
“Savannah Live: An All-New Variety Show” runs from June through August. The two-hour song, dance and comedy production will feature a number of musical genres to get your feet tapping.
Pirates in Savannah
A new ship has come to town that is ready for battle and hungry for gold. The Savannah River Street Pirates Company has built a pirate-inspired ship called the Renegade for daytime and evening cruises out of Savannah starting this summer. Passengers will ride alongside crew-members dressed like pirates flying under the famous skull and crossbones.
“People are always asking what is new in Savannah, and this is something we are really excited about,” said Shea. “It’s going to be good for student groups because during the day, they are going to be focused on education. The evening cruises are more for entertainment.”
Up to 70 passengers can sail past a couple of pirate hangouts as well as a pirate shipwreck that, according to legend, contains a fortune in gold doubloons. For those looking less for history and more for relaxation, the company offers sunset and night cruises that provide refreshments and live music.