Central Florida theater audiences must really like pop music. Two shows, using pop hits of the past as their core, have sold out their runs and added shows. They would be "Smokey Joe's Café," at the Sonnentag Theatre at the IceHouse, and "Breakin' Up Is Hard to Do" at Winter Park Playhouse.
"Smokey Joe's Café" is a musical revue featuring pop standards written by Jerry Leiber and Mark Stoller. They include "Jailhouse Rock," "Yakety Yak," "Charlie Brown," "Hound Dog" and "Fools Fall in Love." The production previously added three performances; they have sold out and so two more have been put on the schedule.
The new shows for "Smokey Joe's Café" are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. The theater is at 1100 N. Unser St., Mount Dora. Tickets are $20; $18 seniors; $15 students; $10 children. Call 352-383-4616 or go to icehousetheatre.com
Meanwhile, Winter Park Playhouse is staging "Breakin' Up Is Hard to Do." Set in a Catskills resort during the 1960s, "Breakin' Up Is Hard To Do" comically tells of two friends from Brooklyn who search for romance during one wild Labor Day weekend.
The score features 18 Sedaka songs, such as "Calendar Girl" and the title hit. It also includes Connie Francis' classic "Where the Boys Are," which he co-wrote.
The extra show will be just in time for Valentine's Day, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13. The Winter Park Playhouse is at 711-C Orange Ave., Winter Park.
Tickets are $38; $35 seniors; $28 matinees; $20 for entertainment-industry professionals and students 25 and younger. Call 407-645-0145 or go to winterparkplayhouse.orgCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun