The Georgetown Palace Theater's production of Smokey Joe's Cafe was the sort of show that makes Fio want to leap back onto the stage again. Not that, even in her heyday, she could have kept up with the non-stop singing and dancing that the show, a compendium of Leiber and Stoller songs, requires. There was enough energy on the stage to power the Pedernales Electric Coop for the whole summer.
The band, which had occasional solos, was perfecto, the sets were fantastico, the costumes were right on, the choreography was out of this world, the singing was great, and the dancing absolutely fabulous. The company, composed of just nine people, five men and four women, were usually all on the stage at the same time--which meant that the costume changes must have been hell--and everyone was super good. The guys' numbers were the stars of the show, and a few individual players did stand out from the crowd, like Kelsey Wooldridge, Pablo Sanchez, Chris Barfield, and Kirk Kelso.