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Smokey Joe’s Cafe Takes The Stage

One of the most popular and longest-running broadway revues of all time!


Music and Lyrics by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller

Musical Direction by Lloyd Cooper


Directed and Choreographed by Paul David Bryant


Limited Engagement opens Friday, March 23 at the     Countrywide Performing Arts Center in Thousand Oaks!


“Faded pictures in my scrapbook, Just thought I'd take one more look -
And recall when we were all – In the neighborhood…”


Cabrillo Music Theatre presents the second production in its 2006-2007 season, one of the longest-running musical revues in the history of Broadway, the five-time Tony-nominated SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE, with music and lyrics by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.  SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE features musical direction by Lloyd Cooper and will be directed and choreographed by Paul David Bryant, it was announced today by Carole W. Nussbaum, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cabrillo Music Theatre.  SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE will open on Friday, March 23 at 8:00pm and continue through Sunday, April 1 in the Fred Kavli Theatre at the Countrywide Performing Arts Center, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.                                                                                                                                                      

Nominated for seven Tony® Awards and the Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production, SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE is a non-stop celebration of the unforgettable songs of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

There's something for everyone in this fun-filled musical journey!  Nine powerful voices take the stage to present a magical stream of the sounds of the fifties and sixties.  Music that defined that era, cleverly strung together in a seamless flow of songs, highlighted by dazzling choreography and hilarious comedy in an unforgettable evening the whole family will adore!

SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE features such timeless classics as “Yakety Yak,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “On Broadway,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Stand By Me,” “Love Potion No. 9,” “Kansas City,” “There Goes My Baby” and many, many more – so pull up a chair and spend some time being thrilled by the classic music that you will experience in SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE!




PAUL DAVID BRYANT (Director/Choreographer) got a taste of SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE back in 1998.  After auditioning four times, he was finally cast in a new touring company of SMOKEY that was headed for Hawaii. After the tour ended, Paul was off to do the national tour of Ragtime where he was the “Harlem Male Ensemble Swing” and the dance captain. After four and half years on the road in the cast of Ragtime, he directed eight other productions of Ragtime across the U.S. including the Cabrillo Music Theatre production in 2004, and one concert version of the show in Europe. Paul was last seen on stage in Smokey Joe’s Cafe at the Candlelight Dinner Theater in So. California.  Just returning from NY State where he directed a sold out performance of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King & I and Lerner & Loewe’s Gigi.  Paul received great acclaim for his direction and creation of a full-length ballet he incorporated into his version of Gigi.


LLOYD COOPER (Musical Director/Conductor) has had a long and successful career in musical theatre.  He is a three time Drama-Logue Award winner for best musical direction and recently received awards for Plan-B Entertainment’s production of Beauty and the Beast. 


He has served in the past as resident musical director for The San Bernardino Civic Light Opera, San Diego Civic Light Opera and Theater League.  He was recently the musical director for Happy Days – A Family Musical! written by Garry Marshall and Paul Williams.  Lloyd has worked on such movies as “The Prince Of Tides,” “Godzilla,” “Bewitched” and “The Holiday.” In television he has worked in the capacity of composer, arranger, and/or conductor for the music in such shows as "Father Dowling," "Matlock" and "Perry Mason." He appeared on television with David Hyde Pierce in a special episode of "Caroline In The City" and has appeared twice with ventriloquist Jay Johnson on "The Tonight Show" starring Johnny Carson.  Lloyd had the great pleasure of working with Barbra Streisand and Stephen Sondheim in rehearsing and choosing music for her "Back To Broadway" album.  Lloyd and his wife, singer Barbara Matteson Cooper, have a successful night club career and have recorded four albums of original music which have reached audiences all over the world.


SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE cast includes Stephanie Burkett, Karen McClain, Dion Mial, Reign Morton, Niles Rivers, Michael A. Shepperd, Leslie Spencer Smith, Alistair Tober and Nataly Wright.


SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE has assembled an award-winning design team. The lighting design is by Ovation award-winning Steven Young (Cabrillo’s A Chorus Line, Rubicon’s Songs For A New World).  The sound design is by Jonathan Burke (Cabrillo’s A Chorus Line, Geffen’s The Weir).


SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE will open on Friday, March 23, 2007 at 8:00pm and continue through Sunday, April 1 in the Fred Kavli Theatre at the Countrywide Performing Arts Center at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.  Performances are Friday, March 23 at 8pm; Saturday, March 24 at 2pm & 8pm; Sunday, March 25 at 2pm & 7pm; Thursday,  March 29 at 8pm; Friday, March 30 at 8pm; Saturday, March 31 at 2pm & 8pm and Sunday, April 1, 2007 at 2pm. Ticket prices range from $23  – $52. For tickets, please visit the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Box Office in person, or online at or call Ticketmaster at (805) 583-8700 or (213) 480-3232.

Smokey Joe’s Cafe Takes The Stage

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