A strong candidate for limited release, the pic thrusts a forgotten pioneer back into the limelight while illuminating a part of rock history.
When seminal rock and roll lyricist Jerry Leiber died in August of last year, it put an end to a songwriting partnership with Mike Stoller that had spanned 61 years, one long-running Broadway revue…
Carl Gardner, lead singer for the hit-making comedic '50s vocal act the Coasters, died June 12 in Port St. Lucie, Fla. He was 83.
Holocaust-themed song-and-dancer is a thoroughly earnest endeavor, but earnestness doesn't necessarily ensure entertainment.
Gil Garfield, a member of the '50s rock 'n' roll vocal trio the Cheers, died of cancer Jan. 1 in Los Angeles. He was 77.
A talented nine-member ensemble put on an energetic revival of the 1995 Broadway revue "Smokey Joe's Cafe," an impressive distillation of the monumental output of tunesmiths Jerry Leiber and Mike…
Seagram Co.'s record label has been sued for disseminating songs over the Internet by music publishers who claim the rights to hits such as "White Christmas'' and "Jailhouse Rock.''
Army Archerd: Just for Variety
When producer Richard Frankel talks about “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” he inevitably talks about surviving the reviews and priming the pump. “We survived the reviews in Chicago, and primed the pump, and by…
Musical numbers:"Neighborhood,""Yakety Yak,""Young Blood,""Falling,""Ruby Baby,""Dance With Me,""Keep on Rollin,'""Kansas City,""Searchin,'""Trouble, ""Love Me,""Fools Fall in Love,""Poison Ivy,""Don…