Finally, from December 4 through 15 the Webster University Conservatory will transform Stage III (Webster Hall, 470 East Lockwood Avenue; 314-968-7128) into Smokey Joe's Café, which is not so much a location as it is a state of mind. The 39 songs in this reverie of a musical revue pay homage to Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who (mostly together, sometimes with others) wrote, among others, "Hound Dog," "Jailhouse Rock," "Yakety Yak," Love Potion #9," "Kansas City" and "On Broadway." They supplied rock & roll tunes to the Drifters, the Coasters — but mostly to Elvis. For those who are old enough to remember these songs, the evening should be bathed in nostalgia. For those who aren't: Welcome to the '50s.

« Previous Page