HARVIN COLUMN: 'Glorious Gershwin' to open new venue

Brad and Jennifer Moranz will perform in “Glorious Gershwin,” the first production at the new Montague Terrace at the North Charleston Coliseum.

Sometimes there is a theme to happenings, and that is certainly the case this week.

Artists are presenting well-known plays and music, and some of the tunes can get stuck in your head.

George Gershwin redux

While the fate of the new Broadway production of "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" seems to be up in the air in New York after Stephen Sondheim blasted the producers for rewriting the classic original, another version of Gershwin will be in full voice in Charleston next week.

Brad and Jennifer Moranz, local producers of familiar show revues, are bringing "Glorious Gershwin" to the new Montague Terrace at the North Charleston Coliseum.

They promise to sing a song from "Porgy and Bess," along with other favorites such as "I Got Rhythm," "Embraceable You" and "Strike Up the Band."

The setting, which is on the south side of the coliseum, is part of the new smaller entertainment venue. You can be among the first to see it.

"Glorious Gershwin" is a two-hour musical revue celebrating the lives and songs of George and Ira Gershwin.

You can start humming now. The refrains just won't go away. That's why you need to see the live performance with professional singers. The Moranzes always put on a good show.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22-23; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24; and 1 and 5 p.m. Sept. 25.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.com or the coliseum ticket office.

Mozart celebrated

Chamber Music Charleston is presenting its Mozart in the South Festival starting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday with a concert including Mozart's "Divertimento," Copland's "Appalachian Spring" and Brahms "Serenade No. 1 in D Major."

It will be in the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, 126 Coming St. downtown.

On Friday, the second annual gala will feature plenty of music at the historic Gov. Thomas Bennett House and a garden performance of Mozart's "Flute Quartet in A Major" and Mendelssohn's "String Quintet No. 2 in B flat."

The garden is one of the best in Charleston for a large party, so it should be one of those perfect Charleston evenings. After the party, drink up and bid on the auction items because this is the group's major fundraiser for its outreach activities.

On Saturday, the "Little Mozart Circus" comes to Charleston with a free family outdoor event in Marion Square.

There will be a variety of mini-performances under the main tent, interactive performance opportunities and small tents hosted by local music schools and music-based arts organizations. It's a good time to see if your children are interested in music.

The festival concludes Sunday with a grand finale performance of music for winds on the grounds of Middleton Place.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m., and guests are encouraged to bring a picnic. And, yes, there is a picnic judging contest, so you can go all out.

This cooler weather should make it a pleasant evening. The concert begins at 7 p.m. For information or to purchase tickets, visit www.mozartinthesouth.org or call 763-4941.

A passionate classic

The Village Playhouse is presenting "A Streetcar Named Desire." Even if you have never seen this play, you might have caught the movie starring Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh, Karl Malden and Kim Hunter.

The connection to the South is strong.

The main character, Blanche, is a fading but still-attractive Southern belle with pretentious ideas masking alcoholism and delusions of grandeur.

When she talks of the "epic fornications" of her ancestors that have caused her to lose the family's plantation, it's a thinly veiled reference to the trouble she has landed in and the guise of what is to come in the play.

Blanche is a female figure who is both powerful in her desires and wrenching to watch as she causes havoc with her sister's marriage. The audience will be drawn into a world of passion.

The production has two more weekends. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 and 22; 8 p.m. Sept. 16, 17, 23, 24; and 5 p.m. Sept. 18. Call the Village Playhouse at 856-1579 or go to www.villageplayhouse.com for tickets.

The Village Playhouse is at 730 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant, in Brookgreen Towncenter.

One more classic

This event is a nod to a former co-worker who was a rabid fan of Jane Austen, and could quote from her books. Her knowledge of the books was inspiring since Austen is one of the early female novelists.

If you want to explore more about her era, the Jane Austen Society of North America meeting is at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

This chapter meeting will feature the Regency-era literature collection of the Charleston Library Society, which has a deep collection of classics, some in their original publication.

They are at 164 King St., and again, this is a favorite price: free. Everyone is welcome. For more, call 406-4735.