Bay Street Cabaret Celebrates TONYs with ‘Award Winning Broadway’ | Theater | Savannah News, Events, Restaurants, Music
The Bay Street Cabaret is celebrating the return of Broadway to New York and the Tonys with an all-new “Award Winning Broadway” show on Thursday, September 30 at 8 p.m. at Club One’s Bay Street Theater.
The show will also include a cocktail hour with specialty drinks and snacks.
The Bay Street Cabaret is produced by Rick Garman, author of the Savannah Interitas series and over two dozen films for Hallmark Channel and other television networks.
“This show is Award Winning Broadway because the Tony Awards were on September 26th, and to celebrate the Tonys’ return and Broadway comeback, we’re doing an award-winning Broadway. All of the songs we do are from musicals that won the Tonys Best Musical, ”said Garman.
After more than a year of theaters due to the COVID pandemic, the lights are shining again on Broadway with more than a dozen shows slated to open in September and the Tony Awards.
The production will be co-hosted by Savannah native Trey Norris (Treyla Trash), winner of “Best Local Actor” and “Best Drag Queen” in Connect Savannah’s Best of Savannah polls, and JoJo Ward (Carman iCandy), winner of Club One’s 2017 “Star Search” contest.
The two will sing live as they take the stage in their outrageous alter egos Treyla Trash and Carman iCandy.
If you have attended a drag show at Club One Cabaret, you will notice the difference as this is not a drag show performance or experience.
“It’s definitely different from any other drag show with Club One Cabaret,” said co-host JoJo Ward (Carman iCandy). “This show is all about live singing – a true musical theater experience. We don’t just pick a song and lip-sync with beautiful costumes, we have to do some extra work.”
Even the area where drag shows usually take place will be transformed according to Garman.
“We cover all the stools with beautiful seat covers. We put tablecloth on the tables. We have these kind of twinkling lights with Broadway cards on them. It’s a little hard to explain, but we kind of transform the space, and it’s amazing how those little touches make it a whole different room, ”he said.
“Award Winning Broadway” will perform tunes from shows from productions that have won Best Musical Awards over the years, including Dear Evan Hansen, Into the Heights, Kinky Boots, Annie, Hamilton and many more.
JoJo Ward (Carman iCandy) will perform songs like “The History of Wrong Guys” from “Kinky Boots”.
“I always look forward to playing new tracks on the show and the preparation for this show is always intense. It’s stressful because of the fear of ruining everything, but exciting at the same time. Of course, I can’t wait to play with my cast as well. We have a pretty good group, ”said Ward.
Garman pointed out that this show is not a traditional cabaret where a person just stands behind a microphone and sings, but they really focus on the performative element of the songs.
“We’ve set the stage and they can have a little prop or a piece of a costume or something, but they’re really trying to bring the song to life. They try to bring the character to life and look for the emotion of the song, whether it’s a serious song or a funny song or whatever moves on the stage, ”Garman said.
Garman praised the actors and the experience they bring to the show with their solid live performances and theatrical experience.
Featured artists include Travis Coles, a veteran of theatrical productions around Savannah, and newcomer Dani Vazquez, from Miami with numerous performance credits to his name.
They will join Bay Street Cabaret regulars Hannah Dodson and Gwen Leahy, who appeared on the company’s first production, “Showstoppers!”
Cabaret performer Gwen Leahy said, “I love having the opportunity to share Broadway hits with the Savannah community.” She continued: “It has been a unique experience bringing theatergoers together both on and off stage.”
The cocktail menu is also inspired by Broadway shows. Members of the public can treat themselves to a Hamiltini Green Apple, Evan Hansen Beer, Gin the Heights & Tonic and more.
Guests must be 21 years of age or older to participate. The theater space is on the second floor and can only be accessed by stairs; no elevator is available. The songs will be performed live on pre-recorded tracks.
Limited and reserved table seats are available for $ 25 per ticket, limited reserved box seats are available for $ 20 per ticket, and a general admission chair and cabaret stool seats are available for $ 15. Tickets can be purchased by visiting baystreetcabaret.com