The original producers of Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber & Stoller have announced that the show will return to New York this summer following a limited engagement at Maine's Ogunquit Playhouse. Preview performances will begin at New York's Stage 42 on July 6 and opening night is set for July 22.
This new incarnation of the show will be directed and choreographed by Tony nominee Joshua Bergasse (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). The creative team is Beowulf Boritt (scenic design), Alejo Vietti (costume design), Jeff Croiter (lighting design), and Sonny Paladino (music director). The show was conceived by Jack Viertel. Additional creative-team and cast members will be announced at a later date.
Legendary song writing duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller's 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 audiences will be treated to more than 30 classics like "On Broadway," "Yakety Yak," "Charlie Brown," "Jailhouse Rock," "Hound Dog," "Love Potion #9," and "Stand by Me."
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