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Byline: Paul Denison The Register-Guard

For Terry Daniels, the best thing about performing in "Smokey Joe's Cafe" is audiences' energetic participation in the revue's steady stream of familiar pop songs from the 1950s and '60s - and their surprise as they realize that all the songs flowed from one prolific team: Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller (with some help from several collaborators including Ben E. King).

"The audience reaction has been just awesome, and consistent," says Daniels, who has been on the road for three months with the touring company that's coming to Eugene for a three-night stand beginning Wednesday.

Daniels says the worst thing about "Smokey Joe's Cafe" is simply that it's vocally demanding.

"It's a hard show to do eight times a week, with all that singing and dancing," he says. "It can wear you down."

Daniels sings lead on several songs: "Young Blood," "There Goes My Baby," ``Love Potion #9'' and the show-closer, ``Stand By Me.'' He also does a duet (``Love Me''/``Don't'') and has a part in several other numbers including "Poison Ivy," "On Broadway" and "Teach Me How to Shimmy."

"You have to take care of your voice," Daniels says, explaining for him that means abstaining from alcohol, not smoking and getting plenty of sleep. "I don't hang out late at night."

Daniels was born in New Orleans and got his undergraduate education at Northwestern State University of Louisiana.

He has worked as a performer at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla., on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, on TV (a couple of "Sex and the City" episodes) and at Disney Tokyo (in the "Starlight Jazz" revue).

A Christian who dedicates his performances to his mother and his late grandmother, Daniels sees his work as a form of ministry.

"People come with nothing and leave with something," he says. "They've been fulfilled."

Daniels, who is 28, did not exactly grow up with Leiber and Stoller's music, but he was familiar with such songs as "Jailhouse Rock," "Hound Dog" and "Yakety Yak" before he joined the tour.

"It's great music, and the show's a great way to show that we appreciate the music of that era," he says.

"Smokey Joe's Cafe" was nominated for seven Tony Awards and won a Grammy Award for Best Musical.

A news release from ClearChannel Entertainment sums up its emotional appeal, saying the show "celebrates the world of first kisses and last dances, hot summer nights and cool midnight struts, blue-light diners and red-hot rock and roll."

PREVIEW

Smokey Joe's Cafe:

The Songs of Leiber and Stoller

When: 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday

Where: Silva Concert Hall, Hult Center, Seventh Avenue and Willamette Street

How much: $25, $35 and $45 (682-5000)

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Terry Daniels (back) and other members of the cast of ``Smokey Joe's Cafe'' perform ``Searchin','' one of the numbers in the Tony-winning revue. The touring production comes to Eugene for three shows this week.
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