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Presenting! 'Smokey Joe's Café' in Pleasanton

Tri-Valley Rep at Firehouse with musical revue of legendary songs

Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre opens "Smokey Joe's Café" at the Firehouse Arts Center next week, a musical theater revue of 40 of the greatest songs of the past century.

The show celebrates the music of the legendary songwriting duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who as much as anyone invented rock 'n' roll, providing hit after hit for icons such as Elvis Presley, Ben E. King, the Coasters and the Drifters. Now their songs provide electrifying entertainment that illuminates a golden age of American culture.

The show features an idealized '50s setting, as the themes of love won, lost and imagined blend with emotions in such show-stoppings classics as "Stand by Me," "Hound Dog," "Love Potion No. 9" and "Charlie Brown."

"Smokey Joe's Café" is produced by Kathleen Breedveld; directed and choreographed by Christina Lazo; with musical direction by Sierra Dee. The cast includes Equity actor Dave J. Abrams, Dominic Lessa, Justin Sabino, The T, Chris Poston, Tanika Baptiste, Elizabeth Curtis, Vida Mae Fernandez, Katherine Dela Cruz and Courtney Jacobs.

The show, which is rated PG, opens at 8 p.m. next Saturday (April 27) and continues through May 12 with evening performances Fridays and Saturdays, and matinees Sundays.

Smokin' theater

What: "Smokey Joe's Café" musical revue

Who: Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre

When: 8 p.m., April 27, May 3, 4, 10, 11

2 p.m., April 28 May 4, 5, 11, 12

Where: Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave.

Tickets: $22-$41. Go to www.firehousearts.org, call 931-4848, or purchase at the theater box office.

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