With Smokey Joe's Cafe continuing to run on Broadway, and The Capeman score receiving good notices for its melding of doo-wop, pop and salsa, it's no surprise that Tony Orlando has a new musical that also looks back nostalgically on the same era. After having tried out in Atlantic City, NJ, Jukebox Dreams arrives in Westbury, Feb. 17-22. Set in present-day Manhattan, Dreams tells the true story of a teenage doo-wop group who remained friends into adulthood. Orlando plays a New York City cabdriver "truly lost in the sights, sounds and values of the 50s." According to the show's press release, "Orlando takes the audience n a doo-wop serenade showing the power of one man's dreams."
The first vocal artist to sign with Epic Records, Orlando became a household name with his CBS television variety show ("Tony Orlando & Dawn") and his 23 consecutive appearances on the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon. He's currently in his fifth season at the Tony Orlando Yellow Ribbon Music Theatre in Branson, MO.
For tickets ($25-$30) and information on Jukebox Dreams at Westbury Music Fair on Brush Hollow Road, Long Island, NY call (516) 334 0800.
Also on tap for the Westbury Music Fair:
Next up: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (April 28-May 3)
The musical that made Carol Channing a household name will feature another household name: Barbara Eden, of TV's "I Dream Of Jeannie." KT Sullivan starred in a recent Broadway revival of this Jule Styne/Leo Robin show.
Eden's previous shows at Westbury Music Fair include Same Time Next Year and The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas. She toured with Don Knotts in The Last Of The Red Hot Lovers and starred at Night Club Confidential CA's Long Beach Civic Light Opera.
-- By David Lefkowitz