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Smokey Joes Cafe (Broadway)

Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Broadway Film)

As Executive Vice President (and shareholder) for the Broadway Television Network (BTN), the production and presentation initially by Live Pay Per View (PPV), and later by DVD and other streaming formats of the Broadway production of SMOKEY JOES CAFE: Direct from Broadway.

Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller with Lyrics and Music: Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller opened at the Virginia Theatre on March 2, 1995 and closed on January 16, 2000 after 2,036 performances.

Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller was produced by Richard Frankel, Thomas Viertel, Steven Baruch, Jujamcyn Theatres Jack Viertel, Rick Steiner, Frederic H. Mayerson, and Center Theatre Group Ahmanson Theatre Gordon Davidson and Associate Producers Marc Routh, Rhoda Mayerson and Thomas Glaser.

Directed by Jerry Zaks; Choreography: Joey McKneely; Scenery: Heidi Landesman; Costumes: William Ivey Long; Lighting: Timothy Hunter; Musical Direction: Louis St. Louis and Production Supervision by Steven Beckler.

Starring: Ken Ard, Adrian Bailey, Brenda Braxton, Victor Trent Cook, B. J. Crosby, Pattie Darcy Jones, DeLee Lively, Frederick B. Owens and Michael Park with band: The Night Managers— Louis St. Louis (Musical Director, Piano), David Keyes (Synthesizer), Frank Canino (Bass), Brian Brake (Drums), Drew Zingg (Guitar), Chris Emenizer (Saxphone) and Frank Pagano (Percussion)

The BTN aired its first pay-per view broadcast of Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller on Sept. 10, 2000. The BTN pay-pre-view special was preceded by a half-hour preview starring Tony Orlando and Deborah Gibson. The actual closing-night taped performance of Broadway’s Smokey Joe’s Cafe followed on one of the standard pay-per-view channels offered by the leading cable distributor in all the US and Canadian markets.

Logo BTN - Broadway Television NetworkAs Executive Vice President (and shareholder) of short-lived Broadway Television Network, established in 2000 as a Pay-Per-View network dedicated to presenting shows presented under the banner, “Live from Broadway, One Night Only“.  Clash of vision (and personality): they wanted PPV special events, I wanted to stream through membership and sell downloads ongoing.  I lost the battle, and left a few months later.  History proved me right.

Kay Kopolvitz (Chairman of the Board); Bruce Brandwen (CEO); Don Roy King (TV Creative Director); Jerry Zaks (Stage Creative Director); Toby Simkin (Executive Vice President); Nick van Hoogstraten (Vice President Production) & Susan Lee (Director of Marketing).

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Musical Numbers

Note: Unless otherwise noted, all songs by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

Act One:

“Neighborhood” (lyric and music by Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Ralph Dino, and John Sembello) (Company); “Young Blood” (lyric and music by Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, and Doc Pomus) (Adrian Bailey with Frederick B. Owens, Ken Ard, and Victor Trent Cook); “Falling” (DeLee Lively); “Ruby Baby” (Michael Park with Adrian Bailey, Frederick B. Owens, Ken Ard, and Victor Trent Cook); “Dance with Me” (lyric and music by Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Louis Lebish, George Treadwell, and Ivy Nathan; at least one source credits Ben E. King as cowriter) (Ken Ard and B. J. Crosby with Adrian Bailey, Frederick B. Owens, and Victor Trent Cook); “Neighborhood” (reprise) (B. J. Crosby, Brenda Braxton, DeLee Lively and Pattie Darcy Jones); “Keep on Rollin’” (Victor Trent Cook, Adrian Bailey, Ken Ard, and Frederick B. Owens); “Searchin’” (Victor Trent Cook with Adrian Bailey, Ken Ard, and Frederick B. Owens); “Kansas City” (B. J. Crosby, Pattie Darcy Jones, and Michael Park); “Trouble” (DeLee Lively and Brenda Braxton); “Love Me” and “Don’t” (Adrian Bailey and Pattie Darcy Jones); “Fools Fall in Love” (B. J. Crosby); “Poison Ivy” (Ken Ard with Adrian Bailey, Frederick B. Owens, and Victor Trent Cook); “Don Juan” (Brenda Braxton); “Shoppin’ for Clothes” (lyric and music by Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, and Kent Harris) (Victor Trent Cook and Frederick B. Owens with Adrian Bailey, Ken Ard, and Michael Park); “I Keep Forgettin’” (Pattie Darcy Jones); “On Broadway” (lyric and music by Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Barry Mann, and Cynthia Weil) (Adrian Bailey, Frederick B. Owens, Ken Ard, and Victor Trent Cook); “D.W. Washburn” (Victor Trent Cook, Company); “Saved” (B. J. Crosby, Company)

Act Two:

“(Baby,) That Is Rock & Roll” (Company); “Yakety Yak” (Company); “Charlie Brown” (Company); “Stay a While” (Louis St. Louis and David Keys); “Pearl’s a Singer” (lyric and music by Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Ralph Dino, and John Sembello) (Pattie Darcy Jones); “Teach Me How to Shimmy” (Michael Park and DeLee Lively with Adrian Bailey and Victor Trent Cook); “You’re the Boss” (Frederick B. Owens and Brenda Braxton); “Smokey Joe’s Caf ” (Frederick B. Owens and Company); “Loving You” (Ken Ard and Company); “Treat Me Nice” (Victor Trent Cook); “Hound Dog” (B. J. Crosby); “Little Egypt” (Frederick B. Owens with Adrian Bailey, Ken Ard, Michael Park, and Victor Trent Cook); “I’m a Woman” (B. J. Crosby, Brenda Braxton, DeLee Lively, and Pattie Darcy Jones); “There Goes My Baby” (lyric and music by Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Benjamin Nelson, Lover Patterson, and George Treadwell; at least one source credits Ben E. King as cowriter) (Adrian Bailey with Frederick B. Owens, Ken Ard, Michael Park, and Victor Trent Cook); “Love Potion # 9” (Adrian Bailey with Frederick B. Owens, Ken Ard, Michael Park, and Victor Trent Cook); “Some Cats Know” (Brenda Braxton); “Jailhouse Rock” (Michael Park and Company); “Fools Fall in Love” (reprise) (B. J. Crosby); “Spanish Harlem” (lyric and music by Phil Spector and Jerry Leiber) (Ken Ard and Brenda Braxton); “I (Who Have Nothing)” (lyric and music by Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Mogol, and Carlo Donida) (Victor Trent Cook); “Neighborhood” (reprise) (Pattie Darcy Jones); “Stand By Me” (lyric and music by Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, and Ben E. King) (Adrian Bailey and Company); “(Baby,) That Is Rock & Roll” (reprise) (Company)


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