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Get a Look at Smokey Joe's Cafe Before Its Upcoming New York Run

The production plays the Ogunquit Playhouse through June 9 before transferring to Stage 42 beginning July 6.

Smokey Joe's Cafe, directed and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse, will begin performances at Stage 42 on July 6.
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The upcoming New York production of Smokey Joe's Cafe has released new production photos from its current run at Maine's Ogunquit Playhouse. Director-choreographer Joshua Bergasse's production will continue its current run through June 9 before transferring to New York City's Stage 42 where performances will begin on July 6 ahead of a July 22 opening night.

The nine-member ensemble features Dwayne Cooper (Motown), Emma Degerstedt (Desperate Measures), John Edwards (Jersey Boys), Dionne D. Figgins (Hot Feet), Nicole Vanessa Ortiz (Spamilton), Kyle Taylor Parker (Kinky Boots), Jelani Remy (The Lion King), Max Sangerman (Blue Man Group), and Alysha Umphress (On the Town).

With soulful ballads rooted in blues, legendary songwriting duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller's songs are described as illuminating the wide range of the human experience, celebrating the humor, passion, and heartbreak that infuse everyday lives. Smokey Joe's Cafe features more than 30 classic songs including "Stand by Me," "I'm a Woman," "Hound Dog," "Fools Fall in Love," and more. The show was co-conceived by Stephen Helper and Jack Viertel.

Smokey Joe's Cafe features scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Alejo Vietti, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, sound design by Peter Fitzgerald, original vocal arrangements by Chapman Roberts, and orchestrations by Steve Margoshes and Sonny Paladino.

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