By Karen Leigh
Updated January 19, 2007 at 05:00 AM EST
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Credit: Smokey Joe's Cafe: Broadway Worldwide, Inc

One of the longest-running Broadway hits of the ’90s, Smokey Joe’s Café — a revue showcasing the songs of prolific songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller — can finally be viewed (and hummed) over and over thanks to this serviceable, if unexciting, disc. Recorded before a packed house at NYC’s Virginia Theater — since renamed the August Wilson, current home of another jukebox-musical hit, Jersey Boys — the show features a cast of nine performing such hits as ”Love Potion #9,” ”Hound Dog,” and a rousing ”Stand by Me,” all strung together to form the loosest of plots: Swinging singles try to woo and court each other at a neighborhood nightclub named Smokey Joe’s. The players, namely a lovelorn DeLee Lively and master of ceremonies Adrian Bailey, are superb, though the neon-lit stage and those velvet pantsuits do nothing to enhance the music. The DVD avoids the choppy camerawork typical of filmed Broadway musicals, but it’s entirely devoid of extras. No commentary from Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Leiber and Stoller? Whoever made that omission ought to be singing ”Jailhouse Rock.” B-

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