Valdosta Daily Times

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June 18, 2014

PSST! ready for second show

VALDOSTA — Following strong ticket sales for the opening weekends of the stage adaptation of the Disney classic “Mary Poppins,” Peach State Summer Theatre opens its second show this weekend — the lesser-known “Smokey Joe’s Cafe.”

Subtitled “The Songs of Leiber and Stoller,” “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” features unforgettable tunes by songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. These songs include early rock classics like “Poison Ivy,” “Love Potion No. 9,” “Hound Dog,” “Yakkety Yak,” “Charlie Brown,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Fools Fall in Love,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Stand By Me,” etc.

There is no plot to “Smokey Joe’s.” Instead, it is a music revue with some innuendo and flavor thrown into the mix.

Of this season’s three shows, which includes “42nd Street” opening

next week, “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” is the least known, but it was a similar show that took the PSST! season by popular acclaim last year.

Sandwiched between the well-known “Sound of Music” and the Stephen Sondheim classic “A Little Night Music,” the comical song revue “The Marvelous Wonderettes” stole the show in 2013.

The little-known musical became a PSST! hit drawing return audiences and filled seats.

Will “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” have the same type of cache? We’ll see this weekend, but it’s good to see Peach State Summer Theatre explore a wide range of shows and styles.

“Smokey Joe’s Cafe” plays 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, then continues in rotating repertory through July 27, Sawyer Theatre, Valdosta State University Fine Arts Building, corner of Oak and Brookwood. Reservations, more information: Visit www.valdosta.edu/psst or call (229) 259-7770. The Valdosta Daily Times is PSST!’s corporate sponsor.

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