The Coast News Group

Lyceum Theatre launches new season

RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Santa Fe resident and founder of San Diego Musical Theatre Erin Lewis announced the first show of the theater’s second season of musicals, “Smokey Joe’s Cafe.” The musical will run Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. from Sept. 24 to Oct. 10 at the Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza.
The show is a collection of pop songs written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller in the 1950s and 1960s that recapitulates a golden age of American culture.
The 38 songs performed by the musical’s cast of nine performers include a series of hits forged in the memory of the era, including “Hound Dog,” “On Broadway,” “Charlie Brown,” “Love Potion No. 9,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “There Goes My Baby,” “Yakety Yak,” “Kansas City,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Poison Ivy” and “Stand By Me.”
The original production of “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” was nominated for seven Tony Awards. Ron Kellum, who directed the theater’s production of “Dreamgirls,” is back directing and choreographing “Smokey Joe’s Cafe.” Don LeMaster will serve as musical director and conductor of the SDMT orchestra.
Single tickets for SDMT’s production of “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” are $30, $40, $50 and $75. Children 12 and under are half price. There are discounts for seniors, military and students. Go online by visiting or at the Lyceum Theatre Box Office. For information and tickets call the San Diego Musical Theatre Administrative Office at (858) 560-5740.