A group of friends and I noshed on chips/dip/margaritas and then went out to New Stage Theatre to see Smokey Joe's Cafe this week. What fun!
If you don't know the show, it's basically a musical revue featuring the work of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. If those names aren't familiar, maybe these song titles are: Yakety Yak, Dance with Me, Charlie Brown, Fools Fall in Love, Hound Dog, On Broadway, I Keep Forgettin', There Goes My Baby, Love Potion #9, and Stand By Me.
The show was a hoot. Standouts in the cast were definitely the show's quartet of black guys, with Michael Fisher being particularly impressive. They were just all so cute, and they all had very distinct stage personalities. They were having fun up there, and it showed.
Fisher grooved the way only a slightly tubby black man can, and he put his whole heart into every number he performed. It was obvious far before the Spanish Harlem number that Donald Jones Jr. has had some movement training, and he had great comic timing as well. Jay Thompson has a classic voice, and he was the perfect choice for numbers such as There Goes My Baby and Love Potion #9.
As for the women, I think my favorite was Sharon Miles. She was just adorable, flipping from sweet and vulnerable to tough and indignant with ease. She also has a great set of pipes. Her rendition of Saved was fabulous, and her reprise of Fools Fall in Love was one of the best ballads in the show. Naima Carter Russell was also fun to watch, especially in Don Juan.
If you haven't seen the show yet, it's not too late! It's on offer until June 7. Tickets are $22 and can be purchased by calling the box office at 601-948-3533 or clicking here.