What's Next: Seinfeld in September 


Seinfeld in September

Sure, we’ve had a few A-list comedians perform at the Savannah Civic Center over the last year or so. Jeff Dunham and Brian Regan are funny guys - and Ron White, who’ll take the stage next month, can be brilliantly snarky.

Yadda yadda. The King of Comedy is coming to town. Jerry Seinfeld, arguably the most famous standup comic on the planet, has been confirmed for a Sept. 17 date in the Civic Center’s Johnny Mercer Theatre.

It’s been more than 10 years since Seinfeld went off the air, but through the magic of syndicated reruns, and DVD boxed sets, it seems like it’s still going on, doesn’t it? I actually own the entire nine-season series on disc, and I watch episodes all the time.

Anyway, you heard it here first. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale July 10.


'Wiz' biz

Here’s one way to remember Michael Jackson – who, despite his massive media exposure over the years, appeared in exactly one feature-length film.

It was The Wiz, the 1978 movie adaptation of William Brown and Charlie Smalls’ “urban” take on The Wizard of Oz. You know, “Ease on Down the Road” and all that … Mike played the Scarecrow, and while the film was universally panned, his performance was almost always cited as the best thing about it.

The City of Savannah’s Cultural Arts Theatre is doing The Wiz for its big summer musical – it’s planned for the Lucas Theatre July 17, 18, 24 and 25.

Musical director Gary Swindell wrote new arrangements; the choreography is by Muriel Miller of Abeni Cultural Arts. Ellie Pyle directs.

Rebecca Frost plays Dorothy, Christy Clark the Scarecrow, Ronald King the Tin Man, and Gary Swindell Jr. is the Lion.

General admission tickets are $17 public, $12 seniors and students. Call the Lucas box office: (912) 525-5050.


 You're in 'Town'

Not to be outdone, the Little Theatre of Savannah launches Urinetown The Musical July 16 at its regular performance home, the Freight Station.

The Tony-winning Urinetown is a dark and eccentric comedy about a 20-year drought that’s forced the government to ban the use of private toilets. Accordingly, one must pee in an authorized, pay-per-use public place. As in Pete Townshend’s Tommy, where “We’re Not Gonna Take It” became the battle cry, the people revolt.

Yep, it’s that kind of comedy. You’ll either think it’s brilliant or run screaming from the room (I won’t tell you what I thought when I saw it).

Performance dates are July 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31
and August 1 and 2. Tickets, $20 public, $15 seniors, students and military, $10 age 12 and under, are available at www.littletheatreofsavannah.org.


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Bill DeYoung was Connect's Arts & Entertainment Editor from May 2009 to August 2014.

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