Watch the Cast of Smokey Joe's Cafe Tackle the Songs of Leiber and Stoller
Dwayne Cooper, Nicole Vanessa Ortiz, and more star in the off-Broadway revival of the hit revue at Stage 42.
The off-Broadway revival of the hit Leiber & Stoller revue Smokey Joe's Cafe is currently running at Stage 42, and the production has released a few clips from the production. Thus, you can get a taste of Dwayne Cooper, Nicole Vanessa Ortiz, and the rest of the cast performing such iconic American hits as "Hound Dog," "Jailhouse Rock," "On Broadway," and more. Check out the clips above and below.
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.
This new production is directed and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse. 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).
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.