Leiber and Stoller, as much as anyone, virtually invented rock ‘n’ roll, and now their songs provide the basis for an electrifying entertainment that illuminates a golden age of American culture. In an idealized ’50’s setting, the classic themes of love won, lost and imagined blend with hilarious set-pieces and slice-of-life emotions. Featuring nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded, “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” isn’t just great pop music – it’s compelling musical theatre.
Words and Music by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Additional Collaborators: Phil Spector, Ben E. King, Doc Pomus, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Kent Harris, Ralph Dino, John Sembello, Carlo Donida, “Mogol”
Smokey Joe’s Cafe Preview (Curtain Calls 6.3, September 2010)
“Smokey Joe’s Cafe” was the first musical revue to be included in a Community Players’ season ticket package since “Cole” which opened the 61st season in 1983.