The other night we went to the New Theater Restaurant on Metcalf and 92nd to see and mostly hear, Smokey Joe's Café. It's been a while since I've been there and I'd forgotten how much fun it can be in this now not new theater -- which still looks good.
I also had no idea of how many songs Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoler had written and how talented they were (in Stoler's case, I guess it's "are").
For instance, they wrote (or collaborated on ) Hound Dog Man, Jail House Rock, On Broadway, Stand by Me, Yakety Yak and so many more. AND they wrote the one song Kansas City is famous for and eponymously named. (I love that word.) Also, I'm a Woman and Love Potion #9 and many others you'll remember.
It was a GREAT show, sung and danced by nine very talented individuals. The time flew by -- we jived, we rocked, we jazzed, and some of us even sang (not loud enough to disturb anyone tho).
Besides providing some true talent this time (not that they don't other times; it's just I haven't been), this place has dinner theater down to an art, from the ample parking to the well-timed salads which seemed very fresh and the very large and quite good desserts at the intermission. Buffet lines are not my fav, but they do it well here and even the sliced beef was good. Ample, ample food. And they don't rip you off on drinks, either, more and more of a rarity. The show is 'til August 24th; you should go see it.
A bonus? If you are about my age and part of the audience, you'll feel (and look) young here. Oh, and the pink and black women's bathroom just makes you smile as you walk in. If you're female. I don't know about the other.