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Saturday, May 28, 2016 This Week's Paper

‘Smokey Joe’s Café’ makes for electrifying entertainment

Credited with virtually inventing rock & roll, the tunes of Leiber and Stoller provide the basis for an electrifying entertainment that illuminates a golden age of American culture in Tacoma Little Theatre’s production of “Smokey Joe’s Café,” Broadway’s longest running musical revue, directed by Micheal O’Hara, musically directed by Terry O’Hara, and choreographed by Eric Clausell.
In an idealized 50’s setting, the classic themes of love won, lost and imagined blend with slice-of-life emotions. With nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded, “Smokey Joe’s Café” isn’t just great pop music – it’s compelling musical theatre.


This production features nine of the most talented singers and dancers in the Puget Sound: Melanie Gladstone, Ashanti Proctor, Jermaine Lindsay,… Read Full Story

TMP’s ‘The Wiz’ takes audiences on colorful romp to the Land of Oz

May 20 saw the opening of Tacoma Musical Playhouse’s “The Wiz,” the penultimate main stage production of TMP’s 22nd Season. “The Wiz” originally ran on Broadway in the 1970s, and was the source of the 1978 movie of the same title (starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell and Richard Pryor). The spectacular production is a musical retelling of L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”
TMP’s production is noteworthy for its spectacular stage sets and numerous ensemble scenes in which the cast are decked out in colorful, fantastic costumes that delight the eye – hats off to costume manager Jocelyne Fowler. There are characters dressed as tornados, sensual poppies, comical crows and frightening… Read Full Story


Friday, May 27


B SHARP COFFEE: 322 Jazz Collective (jazz) 8 p.m., $7, AA
CULTURA: Latin Fridays (Latin DJ) 9 p.m.
G. DONNALSON'S: James Haye (blues) 8 p.m., NC, AA
GREAT AMERICAN CASINO: Nite Crew (dance) 9 p.m., NC
JAZZBONES: Erotic City (Prince tribute) 7:30, 10:30 p.m., $15-$20
KEYS ON MAIN: Dueling pianos, 9 p.m., NC
LOUIE G'S: Juliet Tango, LocoMotive, Lust Punch (rock, alternative) 8 p.m., $5, AA

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Published in the Tacoma Weekly

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