A cabaret-style musical at Arts Center of Coastal Carolina May 7-15 brings Johnny Mercer’s timeless songs to the stage with fascinating narration woven throughout.

“Johnny Mercer: The Man and His Music” celebrates the life and work of the songwriting legend from the Lowcountry region.

Mercer was inspired by the music and language of Southern African Americans. Beginning in his youth, popular music had begun to infuse black musical culture in the world of blues and jazz. Mercer absorbed the influences of his Lowcountry region and its people, merging music to create an entirely new sound.

Considered one of the greatest songwriters to ever live, Mercer wrote the lyrics to more than 1,700 songs from the 1930s to the 1970s.

This original work by playwright Calvin Ramsey spotlights some of Mercer’s most memorable songs, including “Moon River,” “That Old Black Magic,” “Accentuate the Positive,” and “Come Rain or Come Shine.”

The Arts Center is located at 14 Shelter Cove Lane on Hilton Head Island.