Songs of Leiber and Stoller return to Eldorado Showroom
June 21, 2005
They’re playing a fun look back at music of the ’50s and ’60s at Reno’s Eldorado Showroom through Sept. 4. It’s a return engagement of “Smokey Joe’s Cafe – The Songs of Leiber and Stoller.”
Yeah, they’re the guys who wrote “You Ain’t Nothin’ But a Hound Dog,” “Love Potion No. 9,” “Stand By Me,” “On Broadway” and “Jailhouse Rock.” These songs are the work of a single song-writing team: Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. It may curl some of the graying hair around here to catch these once-pop rock hits, but that was our life, and it’s kind of fun to relive it. I remember hearing “Hound Dog” and “Jailhouse” in G.I. bars around Japan, and hearing them again in the Eldorado Showroom as the actors turned back the clock was wonderful.
It was a revolution in popular music that was born of the 45 rpm disc and the jukebox. The hits continued from there: “Charlie Brown,” “Loving You,” “Treat Me Nice,” “Kansas City” and countless others. “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” is about the music that defines America.
Though usually performed strictly as a musical revue, this production of “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” is something new, using characters to tell a timeless story of the multicultural urban life.
The audience will meet several characters – through Leiber and Stoller’s fun songs – as they grow from innocence to experience, beginning as exuberant high-school students blowing off steam and ending as sadder-but-wiser adults.
Tickets for “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” start at $30.95 – cheap when you consider the nostalgia you get out of the show. Call the Eldorado at (800) 648-5966 or 786-5700 . Tell ’em Sam sent you.
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