Monday, November 17, 2008

Smokey Joe’s Café

6 nights!

December 16–21, 2008

FROM: The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley

2033 6th Avenue, Seattle , WA , 98121

CONTACT: Rachael Millikan, 206-441-9729,

RE: Performance at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley

COST: $26.50 – 28.50

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley welcomes back by popular demand the Longest Running Musical Review in the History of Broadway, Smokey Joe’s Café. Cast members are Ron Lucas, Tony Perry, Sophia Fredricks, Famicia Ward, Jonathan Victorian, Toby Blackwell, and TBA. Band members are Darrius Frowner (piano), Gary Ballard (guitar), Larry Holloway (bass) and Milo Petersen (drums). Set times Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. Doors open at 6pm on Tuesday and 5:30pm Wednesday through Sunday.

As much as anyone, Leiber and Stoler invented Rock and Roll. Their timeless songs provide the basis for this electrifying entertainment that had critics raving and audiences stampeding the box office during its record-breaking Broadway run. Featuring nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded including such hits as On Broadway, Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock, Stand By Me, Spanish Harlem, Love Potion #9 and I’m a Woman. Each song is a trip down the corridors of American culture. Smokey Joe’s transforms classic pop music into compelling musical theater.

On November 17, 1994 Smokey Joe’s Café began it’s pre-Broadway run at the Ahmanson/Doolittle Center in Los Angeles . It opened at the Virginia Theater on Broadway to rave reviews on March 2, 1995 where it ran for five years to become the longest-running musical review in the history of Broadway and won the Grammy for “Best Musical Show Album” that same year. Between 1994 - 1995 Smokey Joe’s was honored with nominations for seven Tony Awards. Over the years there have been three major national tours, breaking box office records at numerous performing arts centers, as well as resident casts in both Las Vegas and Reno .

The success of this show is in no way limited to the America audience. It played to international audiences in Brisbane and Melbourne , Australia before beginning a two-year run in London ’s West End at the Prince of Wales Theater on October 23, 1996. In 1997 it was nominated for the Sir Laurence Olivier award for “Outstanding Musical Production”.

Since then Smokey Joe’s Café has toured extensively throughout England , Scotland , Ireland , Germany , Switzerland , Japan , South Korea , Brazil and Turkey . The show continues to tour the United States , Canada and around the world.

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