Players open 2005-2006 season with Smokey Joe's Cafe

Rock 'n roll musical includes popular songs from composers Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller | September 29, 2005

The Xavier Players are opening their Mainstage 2005-2006 series with Smokey Joe’s Café, which runs during Family Weekend, Oct. 20-23. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 2:00 p.m. in the Gallagher Student Center theater.

The show features the tunes such as “Jail House Rock,” “Yakety Yak” and “Stand by Me” from composers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller—considered by some to be the inventors of rock and roll. “The performers from today will be looking back at the music of past generations and putting their own spin on it,” says Cathy Springfield, director for performing arts.

Smokey Joe’s Café is directed by Dee Anne Bryll, chairperson of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department Drama Division. Bryll has worked with the Xavier Players for 14 years, but this show marks her directorial debut. “Dee Anne has a way of bringing out the personality of the actors and bringing the audience right into the show,” says Springfield.

Related events include a performance by the Xavier Singers in the Gallagher Center food court before Friday night's show. After the show, the audience can meet the cast at a 50s- and 60s-themed party at Ryan’s Pub. And the gospel choir is performing after the Saturday night show.

Tickets are $5 for Xavier faculty, staff and students, $14 for the general public. Tickets are now on sale at the Xavier Players box office, 513 745-3939.