Smokey Joe’s at the Playhouse

Aug 26, 2013

elvis_presley_leiber_and_stollerWhen we read, see, or hear “Hound Dog,” many of us think, Elvis Presley.

This song by composer Mike Stoller and lyricist Jerry Leiber was originally a hit in 1953 for blues singer Big Mama Thornton. Three years later, Elvis would bump and grind and the song would forever be linked in people’s minds to him.

Smokey Joe’s Cafe is a musical review featuring 39 pop songs by Leiber and Stoller. Its world premier was at the Ahmanson Theatre in November of 1994. The Broadway production was nominated for 7 Tony awards and the original Broadway cast recording, Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller, won a Grammy award in 1996. (Wikipedia)

Other songs in the lineup are “Jailhouse Rock,” “Love Potion #9,” “Yakety Yak,” and “Stand By Me.”

The Pasadena Playhouse will feature Smokey Joe’s Cafe with director Jeffrey Polk and talent such as LaVance Colley, who’s back-up singer for Diana Ross and Beyoncé, and Krya DaCosta who’s been cast in Broadway’s Baby It’s You! and Sweet Charity.

Photo from Rolling Stone

Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller; photo from a Rolling Stone article (1990) by David Fricke

Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller
Tuesday, Sept. 17th-Sunday, Oct. 13th, 8 p.m. with Saturday matinees at 4 p.m.
Previews run Sept. 17th-21st
Tickets: $45-$125
Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena 91101
For more info, visit

Smokey joes cafe at Pasadena Playhouse




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