In 1950, a couple of nice Jewish boys with a passion for black culture met up in Hollywood and changed popular music forever. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller not only found the sweet spot between smooth pop and raw blues, they were also among the first songwriters to produce their own songs. The duo's control over their material inspired everyone from Burt Bacharach to the Beatles: "We don't write songs," Leiber famously said. "We write records.
Now their wildly successful revue, "Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller," which ran for more than 2,000 performances on Broadway, provide the basis for an electrifying evening of 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.
Featured Ensemble actors include: Parnell Damone (background singer for Mary Wilson of the Supremes), Mahalia Jackson, Parris Lane, ShawnJ West and Reggie D. White, Edwin Watson
Parkway Restaurant Theatre (View)
1834 Park Blvd
Oakland, CA 94605