The Story
Smokey Joe's Cafe
Music & Lyrics
JERRY LEIBER & MIKE STOLLER
Smokey Joe's Cafe is a musical theatrical revue showcasing 39 pop standards, including rock and roll, rhythm and blues songs written by songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. It is the longest running musical revue in Broadway history.

PHOTOS
Original Broadway Production
Artworks/ Posters

VIDEOS
Ken Ard, Adrian Bailey, Frederick B. Owens and Victor Trent Cook performing 'On Broadway' on the DVD release based on the 1995 original Broadway production.

MUSIC
On Broadway
Adrian, Fred, Ken, Victor
Original Broadway Cast Recording

THE STORY

ACT ONE

The musical starts out in an idealized '50s setting, curtained behind the facade of a vintage car's dashboard. The opening theme "Neighborhood" is sung by the cast on a fire escape setting. Adrian, Fred, Ken and Victor team up for the first of many superb vocal group R&B performances during the show in "Young Blood". DeLee expresses her love for Michael in "Falling"; he answers with "Ruby Baby" and the romantic setting is extended through Ken and B.J.'s joint lead on "Dance With Me."

In the next sequence, the quartet sings "Keep On Rollin'" and a comic version of "Searchin'" in front of a stylized backdrop of R&B record labels from the '50s. B.J., Pattie, and Michael combine on "Kansas City", then DeLee and Brenda team up for the exotic-dancing setpiece "Trouble". Adrian and Pattie couple uo on "Love Me/ Don't"; B.J. follows with the first of two versions of "Fools Fall In Love."

The quartet returns with "Poison Ivy", then Brenda, draped in a red-feathered boa, steams through "Don Juan." After Victor stars in the hilarious vaudeville take on "Shoppin' For Clothes", Pattie sing "I keep Forgettin'" solo, and then the quartet returns for a rousing "On Broadway." The first act ends with Victor playing a carefree hobo in "D.W. Washburn" before finding religion in the revival-ending finale of "Saved".


ACT TWO

Act Two begins with the cast joined onstage by the band for a hand-clapping set of "Baby, That Is Rock and Roll", "Yakety Yak", and "Charlie Brown," followed by band leader Louis St. Louis singing "Stay A While." The band retreats to the shadows as the set changes to Smokey Joe's Cafe and Pattie, seated at a table, delivers the languid "Pearl's A Singer."

DeLee leaps onto the table to gyrate in her white go-go dress during "Teach Me How to Shimmy." At the next table, Fred and Brenda arm-wrestle (she wins) while singing "You're The Boss." With the cast all seated at the tables, Ken begins crooning "Loving You." By the time he's finished, they're all slow dancing. Victor then admonishes B.J. with "Treat Me Nice" and she responds with a thunderous "Hound Dog."

Fred steps into the spotlight for the comic "Little Egypt", the the girls team up for the showstopping blues boast "I'm A Woman." The adoring guys follow with "There Goes My Baby", which segues into "Love Potion Number Nine."

Brenda begins the final sequence with a sultry reading of "Some Cats Know" followed by a flashy neon-lit "Jailhouse Rock" in which Michael plays Elvis right down to the blue suede shoes under his jail outfit. B.J. then delivers one of the musical highlights of the show with her soulful reading of "Fools Fall in Love (Reprise)". Ken and Brenda sing and dance their way through "Spanish Harlem" and Victor solos drmatically on "I (Who Have Nothing)" before Adrian leads the company through a stirring finale of "Stand By Me."

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CAST & CREATIVES
Creative
Producer RICHARD FRANKEL, THOMAS VIERTEL, STEVEN BARUCH, JUJAMCYN THEATERS / JACK VIERTEL, RICK STEINER, FREDERICK H. MAYERSON, CENTER THEATRE GROUP, AHMANSON THEATRE, GORDON DAVIDSON
Direction JERRY ZAKS
Choreography JOEY McKNEELY
Orchestrations STEVE MARGOSHES
Musical Director LOUIS ST. LOUIS
Scenic Design HEIDI LANDESMAN
Costume Design WILLIAM IVEY LONG
Lighting Design TIMOTHY HUNTER
Sound Design TONY MEOLA
Cast
Performer KEN ARD
Performer ADRIAN BAILEY
Performer BRENDA BRAXTON
Performer VICTOR TRENT COOK
Performer B.J. CROSBY
Performer PATTIE DARCY JONES
Performer DELEE LIVELY
Performer FREDERICK B. OWENS
Performer MICHAEL PARK
MUSICAL NUMBERS
ACT ONE

NeighborhoodCompany
Young BloodAdrian with Fred, Ken, Victor
FallingDeLee
Ruby BabyMichael with Adrian, Fred, Ken, Victor
Dance With MeKen and B.J. with Adrian, Fred, Victor
Neighborhood (Reprise 1)B.J., Brenda, DeLee, Pattie
Keep On Rollin'Victor, Adrian, Ken, Fred
Searchin'Victor with Adrian, Ken, Fred
Kansas CityB.J., Pattie, Michael
TroubleDeLee, Brenda
Love Me/ Don'tAdrian, Pattie
Fools Fall in LoveB.J.
Poison IvyKen with Adrian, Fred, Victor
Don JuanBrenda
Shoppin' For ClothesVictor and Fred with Adrian, Ken, Michael
I Keep Forgettin'Pattie
On BroadwayAdrian, Fred, Ken, Victor
D.W. WashburnVictor and Company
SavedB.J. and Company


ACT TWO

Baby, That is Rock and RollCompany
Yakety YakCompany
Charlie BrownCompany
Stay A WhileLouis and David
Pearl's A SingerPattie
Teach Me How to ShimmyMichael and DeLee with Adrian, Victor
You're The BossFred and Brenda
Loving YouKen and Company
Treat Me NiceVictor
Hound DogB.J.
Little EgyptFred with Adrian, Ken, Michael, Victor
I'm A WomanB.J. Brenda, DeLee, Pattie
There Goes My BabyAdrian with Fred, Ken, Michael, Victor
Love Potion Number NineAdrian with Fred, Ken, Michael, Victor
Some Cats KnowBrenda
Jailhouse RockMichael and Company
Fools Fall in Love (Reprise)B.J.
Spanish HarlemKen, Brenda
I (Who Have Nothing)Victor
Neighborhood (Reprise 2)Pattie
Stand By MeAdrian and Company

Pal Joey
A Christmas Story
Candide
SIGHTS & SOUNDS

Original Broadway Production
Artworks/ Posters

Ken Ard, Adrian Bailey, Frederick B. Owens and Victor Trent Cook performing 'On Broadway' on the DVD release based on the 1995 original Broadway production.

On Broadway Adrian, Fred, Ken, Victor Original Broadway Cast Recording

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