You may not be familiar with the names Leiber and Stoller, but you're familiar with their music.
The award-winning, songwriting duo, inducted into both the Songwriting Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, wrote such iconic hits as "Hound Dog," "Jailhouse Rock," "Yakety-Yak," "On Broadway" and "Stand By Me," among others.
And Broadway thanked them the only way it knows how by putting on a show.
The Tony-nominated, Grammy-winning "Smokey Joe's Cafe" is a musical tribute, with 40 of the greatest pop and rock 'n' roll songs ever written.
You have a chance to sing along (in your head, of course) to these well-known tunes starting Friday at the SCERA in Orem. The show features a cast of seven male singers, eight females and 25 dancers from Center Stage Performing Arts Studios.Director/choreographer Shawn Mortensen has taken the Leiber and Stoller show and added touched he likes to call "glitter-tastic."
"Smokey Joe's Cafe" runs Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. through April 26. Tickets are $10-$12 (255-2787 or www.scera.org).Here are the other shows opening this week:
"Annie," a national tour, opens Tuesday and runs through April 13 at Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah. This production of "Annie," one of the most successful shows in Broadway history, is directed by the original director, Martin Charnin, and features sets by Tony award-winning set designer Ming Cho Lee. Shows are nightly but times vary; matinees are available. Tickets are $25-$55 (581-7100 or www.kingtix.com).
"Broadway Kidz" opens Thursday and runs through May 3 at The Draper Historic Theatre, 12366 S. 900 East, Draper. Now in its 11th year, "Broadway Kidz" is a funny, musical romp through this journey called life. Join 120 children ages 5-18 for an evening of memorable tunes and dancing. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. but the dates vary; matinees are also available. Tickets are $7-$11 (572-4144 or www.draperhistorictheatre.org).
"The Importance of Being Earnest," one night only, Friday, at the Big Cottonwood Room of Holladay City Hall, 4850 S. 2300 East. Oscar Wilde wrote "Earnest" as a four-act comedy, but most of us only know the cut version. The best bits have been added back in this staged reading. The performance is at 7:30 p.m., with proceeds going to help Olympus Junior High's efforts to set up a library in Kenya. Tickets are $2-$9, with family passes available (953-3250).
"The Miracle Worker" opens Friday and runs through May 24 at Hale Center Theatre in Orem, 225 W. 400 North. This dramatization of the true story of Helen Keller and her young teacher, Annie Sullivan, features Stephanie Breinholt as Annie and Hannah Earl as Helen. The show is almost completely single cast so the actors can truly deliver the impact of the piece. Performances are nightly, except Sundays, at 7:30 p.m., with Saturday matinees at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $11.50-$15.50 (801-226-8600).
"Robinson Crusoe" is set Saturday at Hillcrest Junior High, 126 E. 5300 South, Murray. Missoula Children's Theater and 50 local youths will put on the classic tale, which varies, purposely, from the novel. Robinson's island has turned into a tourist destination centered around a lovable singing leopard and a tribe of natives known for their colorful coifs. Show times are 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $3-$15, with group passes available.
"Walking the Red Carpet: An Oscar Winning Confession" will be Friday only at Boccia's D'Italia, 1045 N. Washington Blvd., Harrisville. Hunt Murder Mysteries takes us to the Academy Awards where guests walk the red carpet with Hollywood's brightest and not-so-bright stars. Tickets also include dinner. (801-569-1482 or 866-569-1482 or go to www.huntmysteries.com)