A revival of Broadway's longest-running musical revue, celebrating the music of songwriting duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.
From the producers: "Smokey Joe’s Café," the Grammy Award winning and Tony Award nominated smash, made history as Broadway’s longest running musical revue and celebrates the best songs of the legendary song writing duo, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Their generation-defining songs climbed the Billboard charts and provided hit after hit for icons like Elvis Presley, Ben E. King, The Coasters, and The Drifters. With themes of love won, lost and imagined, their songs touched global audiences with wit and emotion.
"Smokey Joe's Cafe" had its world premiere at the L.A.'s Doolittle Theatre in 1994. The revue opened on Broadway in 1995 at the Virginia Theatre (now the August Wilson Theatre), and ran for 2,036 performances, making it the longest-running musical revue in Broadway history. Throughout its run, there were special appearances by many popular singers, including Ben E. King, Gladys Knight, Tony Orlando, Lou Rawls, Gloria Gaynor and Rick Springfield.
The show features such tunes as "On Broadway," "Jailhouse Rock," "Hound Dog," and "Love Potion #9." Directed and choreographed by Emmy Award-winner and Tony-winner Joshua Bergasse ("On the Town"), the cast features Dwayne Cooper, Emma Degerstedt, John Edwards, Dionne D. Figgins, Nicole Vanessa Ortiz, Kyle Taylor Parker, Jelani Remy, Max Sangerman and Alysha Umphress.