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Classic rock-n-roll songs from the 50s and 60s are revisited in the musical revue Smokey Joe's Cafe, which opens tomorrow at Derby Dinner Playhouse.  

Smokey Joe's Cafe will take place each day except Mondays from Feb. 21-Apr. 1.  Evening shows will go on at 7:45 p.m. with buffet starting at 6 p.m.  Sunday matinee shows will start at 1:30 p.m. with buffet starting at 11:45 a.m., and a Wednesday matinee is to happen at 1 p.m. with buffet starting at 11:45 a.m.  All performances are to occur at the Derby Dinner Playhouse, located at 525 Marriott Drive in Clarksville, IN.

Tickets, which include dinner, depend on the day.  Shows on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday are $39 per person, Friday evening shows are $40, Saturday evening shows are $43, Sunday matinee shows are $35, and Wednesday matinee shows are $34 per person.  All tickets can be purchased at the Derby Dinner box office, the Derby Dinner website, or by calling the box office at 812-288-8281.  

Enjoy the sounds of 1950s and 60s rock-n-roll in Smokey Joe's Cafe, a musical revue.  Classic songs from the era are brought back to life on stage, including Fools Fall in Love, Yakety-Yak, Hound Dog, Love Potion #9, On Broadway, Stand By Me, and other classics.  

Lee Buckholz directed Smokey Joe's Cafe, which contains words and music by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.  The cast includes Brooke Aston as Brenda, Willie Illeana Kirven as BJ, Matthew Chappell as Matt, Lamont O'Neal as Victor, Alonzo Richmond as Adrienne, Christian Bradford as Ken, and Dante Murray as Fred.  

At more than 2,000 shows, Smokey Joe's Cafe was one of the longest running musical revues in Broadway history.  The show was nominated for multiple Tony Awards in 1995.

Following Smokey Joe's Cafe, Derby Dinner Playhouse will present Happy Days.  That production will begin on April 3.  More information on Derby Dinner Playhouse can be found at its website.

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