Free Community 1950's Dance Party and Outdoor Screening of the Blockbuster Film Jailhouse Rock Celebrating the Opening of Smokey Joe's Cafe, the Songs of Leiber and Stoller
The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director and Elizabeth Doran, Executive Director), announced today that a "Playhouse Rock on El Molino" 1950's community dance party and a free outdoor screening of "Jailhouse Rock" starring Elvis Presley will celebrate the opening of SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE: THE SONGS OF LEIBER AND STOLLER on Sunday, September 22, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on El Molino Avenue in front of the theatre.
El Molino Avenue will be twisting and shouting with a step back in time to the days of drive-in movies, poodle skirts, pompadours and Elvis with a one-night-only community sock hop dance in front of The Pasadena Playhouse. Dancers from the Arthur Murray Dance Centers will get the crowd up on their feet and lindy-hopping to classic rock 'n' roll songs followed by a free outdoor screening of the 1957 classic "Jailhouse Rock" (attendees are welcome to bring their own folding chairs or blankets for the screening). Guests can enjoy refreshments from neighborhood businesses (for purchase; no alcohol allowed in event area) and then end the night with a dance-off contest with a celebrity panel of judges who will select the night's favorite couples.
"Music has a magical gift of bringing people together and The Playhouse continues its commitment to giving back to the community," said Playhouse Executive Director Elizabeth Doran. The schedule for the "Playhouse Rock on El Molino" event is:
- 4:00 p.m. - El Molino Avenue closes down to all vehicle traffic.
- 6:00 p.m. – "Playhouse Rock on El Molino" begins.
- 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Instructors from the Arthur Murray Dance Centers teach famous dances from the 1950's.
- 7:15 p.m. to 8:50 p.m. – Screening of "Jailhouse Rock."
- 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – Dance-off contest begins and dance party continues.
- 10:30 p.m. – Playhouse Rock on El Molino" ends.
- 11:00 p.m. – El Molino Avenue opens to vehicle traffic.
SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE is the hottest joint in town! This Tony Award-nominated and GRAMMY Award-winning tribute to legendary songwriters Leiber and Stoller is a dazzling song-and-dance celebration of 40 of rock 'n' roll's greatest hits, including "Stand by Me," "Fools Fall in Love," "Jailhouse Rock," "Spanish Harlem" and "Yakety Yak." The New York Times claims, "Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller are the Rodgers and Hammerstein of rock 'n' roll!" The New York Daily News calls SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE "wildly infectious" and Time Magazine says, "it sails and soars!" SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE is being presented this season in honor of Playhouse supporter and Board member, Mike Stoller and his wife, Corky Hale Stoller.
SMOKEY JOE'S CAFÉ: THE SONGS OF LEIBER AND STOLLER will play from September 17 – October 13, 2013, with the official press opening on Sunday, September 22, 2013, at 5:00 p.m.
The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101. Tickets are available by calling The Pasadena Playhouse Box Office at 626-356-7529 or by visiting The Pasadena Playhouse Box Office or 24 hours online at www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org. Group Sales (8 or more) are available by calling 626-921-1161 or visit www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org.