Saturday, July 23, 2011

Hilton Head: Don't Miss 'Smokey Joe's Cafe!'

Part of the cast of Smokey Joe's Cafe: Samantha Gershman with L-R: Steven M. Goldsmith, Deonte Warren, Kent Zimmerman, Shavey Brown & Delius Doherty
If you're in the Hilton Head area, you have only a couple of weeks left to see one of the finest theatrical productions we've experienced in some time: the musical Somokey Joe's Cafe at the beautiful Arts Center of Coastal Carolina right in the center of the island on William Hilton Parkway.
Somkey Joe's Cafe is filled with the songs of Leiber and Stoller. The cast of nine is young, lively, talented and energetic. The show is fast-paced and delightful in every respect.
Leiber and Stoller virtually invented rock 'n' roll. In this show their songs provide the basis for a musical celebration of the golden age of American entertainment. The classic themes of love won, lost and imagined blend with hilarious set-pieces and slice-of-life emotions in this song-and-dance smash that ran for years on Boradway.
The show features nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded – “Poison Ivy,” “Fools Fall in Love,” “Yakety Yak,” “Hound Dog,” “Love Potion No. 9,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Stand By Me” and many more.
But Smokey Joe’s Cafe is more than just great pop music, it's actually compelling musical theatre.
And the Arts Center's theater is a gem. There's not a bad seat in the entire house.
Plus, this show has high production values including great sets, costumes and wonderful musicians providing live music.
We had a great time and we urge you to see the show before it ends its hugely successful run. You won;t be disappointed.

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