Huxie Scott is the soul of Savannah, as evidenced by the songs she performed in Savannah’s heart, the Savannah Theatre. Billed as the oldest theatre in the United States, it was a fitting venue for a concert of the Great American Songbook, those wonderful tunes from the 30s, 40s and 50s that define American music.
From 2002-2005, Scott was a fixture at the Savannah Theatre, as the featured vocalist in two productions, Lost in the 50s and Jukebox Journey. She was inducted into the Savannah Tribune’s Gospel Hall of Fame in 2004 and into the Coastal Jazz Hall of Fame in 2005. Now a great-grandmother, Scott has lost none of her power to deliver rousing renditions of jazz and gospel music. One of her grand-daughters also delivered a very fine performance at the show, held in February 2013.
The Theatre itself is one of the city’s most notable landmarks. First built in 1818, the original building is shown in a photo with this article. It lasted until a fire of 1906, so the current theatre dates from that era. It was turned into a movie theatre, and showed the first talking picture (Jolson’s Jazz Singer) in 1928.
Live performances resumed at the theatre in the 1980s, and it is now a popular attraction for tourists and locals alike.
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