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BWW TV: Highlights from SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE at Arena Stage with Levi Kreis, E. Faye Butler, Nova Y. Payton and More!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 14, 2014

SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE-THE SONGS OF LEIBER AND STOLLER opened on Thursday, May 8 at Arena Stage and runs through June 8, 2014 in the Fichandler Stage. Scroll down to watch highlights from the show! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Arena Stage Offers Up Crowd Pleasing SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE
by Jennifer Perry - May 11, 2014

It offers a fun time and one can't ask for much more than that. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Levi Kreis, Nova Y. Payton and More in SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - May 09, 2014

Opening night for SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE-THE SONGS OF LEIBER AND STOLLER was last night (Thursday, May 8) at Arena Stage. Check out the full produciton photos below! The show runs April 25-June 8, 2014 in the Fichandler Stage. (more...)

Photo Flash: Levi Kreis, Nova Y. Payton and More in Opening Night of SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE-THE SONGS OF LEIBER AND STOLLER
by BWW News Desk - May 09, 2014

Opening night for SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE-THE SONGS OF LEIBER AND STOLLER was last night (Thursday, May 8) at Arena Stage. Check out the photos below! The show runs April 25-June 8, 2014 in the Fichandler Stage. (more...)

Rick Fox Joins Arena Stage's SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE as Musical Director; Victor Simonson Departs
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2014

Rick Fox will be taking over the role of musical director in Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater's production of Smokey Joe's Cafe--The Songs of Leiber and Stoller from Victor Simonson, who will be departing the show for personal reasons. (more...)

Photo Flash: SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Begins Tonight at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2014

Smokey Joe's Cafe-The Songs of Leiber and Stoller transports audiences to the golden age of rock, rhythm and blues this spring at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. The show runs tonight, April 25-June 8, 2014 in the Fichandler Stage, and BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Levi Kreis, E. Faye Butler and More Star in SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE, Beginning Tonight at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2014

Smokey Joe's Café-The Songs of Leiber and Stoller transports audiences to the golden age of rock, rhythm and blues this spring at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Director Randy Johnson returns to Arena Stage following the success of A Night with Janis Joplin (which enjoyed two runs at Arena Stage followed by a subsequent run on Broadway) to helm this Grammy Award-winning tribute to legendary songwriting duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, which originally opened on Broadway in 1995 and became the longest running musical revue, topping 2,000 performances. Bursting with hit tunes including 'Hound Dog,' 'Jailhouse Rock,' 'Stand by Me,' 'Love Potion #9' and 'On Broadway,' Smokey Joe's Café showcases choreography by Parker Esse (Arena Stage's The Music Man, Oklahoma!) and music direction by Victor Simonson (Center Stage's A Civil War Christmas, Arena Stage's 3 Mo' Divas) and runs today, April 25-June 8, 2014 in the Fichandler Stage. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Talking Up SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE at Arena Stage - Part 2
by Jeffrey Walker - Apr 20, 2014

A 'crazy talented cast' brings the Leiber and Stoller songbook to life once again when Arena Stage presents SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE April 25 through June 8 in the Fichlander Stage. Director Randy Johnson and choreographer Parker Esse talked with BroadwayWorld's Jeffrey Walker about their vision for the show. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Talking Up SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE at Arena Stage - Part 1
by Jeffrey Walker - Apr 19, 2014

Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller comes to Arena Stage April 25 to June 8, 2014. Part 1 of our interview with director Randy Johnson and choreographer Parker Esse looks at the legacy of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller's collaboration and impact on the rock and roll era. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Apr 09, 2014

Smokey Joe's Cafe-The Songs of Leiber and Stoller transports audiences to the golden age of rock, rhythm and blues this spring at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. The show runs April 25-June 8, 2014 in the Fichandler Stage, and BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast below! (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Levi Kreis, E. Faye Butler and More in SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2014

Smokey Joe's Cafe-The Songs of Leiber and Stoller transports audiences to the golden age of rock, rhythm and blues this spring at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Director Randy Johnson returns to Arena Stage following the success of A Night with Janis Joplin (which enjoyed two runs at Arena Stage followed by a subsequent run on Broadway) to helm this Grammy Award-winning tribute to legendary songwriting duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, which originally opened on Broadway in 1995 and became the longest running musical revue, topping 2,000 performances. Bursting with hit tunes including 'Hound Dog,' 'Jailhouse Rock,' 'Stand by Me,' 'Love Potion #9' and 'On Broadway,' Smokey Joe's Cafe showcases choreography by Parker Esse (Arena Stage's The Music Man, Oklahoma!) and music direction by Victor Simonson (Center Stage's A Civil War Christmas, Arena Stage's 3 Mo' Divas) and runs April 25-June 8, 2014 in the Fichandler Stage. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in rehearsal below! (more...)

Jay Adriel, Austin Colby & More Join Cast of Arena Stage's SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2014

Smokey Joe's Cafe-The Songs of Leiber and Stoller transports audiences to the golden age of rock, rhythm and blues this spring at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Director Randy Johnson returns to Arena Stage following the success of A Night with Janis Joplin (which enjoyed two runs at Arena Stage followed by a subsequent run on Broadway) to helm this Grammy Award-winning tribute to legendary songwriting duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, which originally opened on Broadway in 1995 and became the longest running musical revue, topping 2,000 performances. Bursting with hit tunes including 'Hound Dog,' 'Jailhouse Rock,' 'Stand by Me,' 'Love Potion #9' and 'On Broadway,' Smokey Joe's Cafe showcases choreography by Parker Esse (Arena Stage's The Music Man, Oklahoma!) and music direction by Victor Simonson (Center Stage's A Civil War Christmas, Arena Stage's 3 Mo' Divas) and runs April 25-June 8, 2014 in the Fichandler Stage. (more...)

BWW Reviews: LEADER OF THE PACK Closes Totem Pole Playhouse 2013 Season
by Marakay Rogers - Aug 21, 2013

The jukebox musical of Ellie Greenwich hits closes the 2013 season for Totem Pole with the roar of motorcycles and the harmonies of the Shirelles (more...)

Totem Pole Playhouse to Wrap Regular Season with Tribute to Songwriter Ellie Greenwich, 8/20-9/1
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2013

You may not recognize her name, but if you know anything about rock and roll in the mid 1960s, you'll know her songs. Ellie Greenwich wrote or co-wrote many of the songs that became hit records for popular vocal groups produced by Phil Spector and his famous Wall of Sound technique and the legendary production team of Lieber and Stoller. Greenwich's rise from aspiring singer-songwriter and college student from Long Island to writing some of rock and roll's most iconic hits is portrayed in the musical Leader of the Pack, playing at Totem Pole Playhouse from August 20 through September 1. (more...)

BWW TV: First Look at Nova Y. Payton and More in Signature Theatre's DREAMGIRLS - Highlights!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 03, 2013

Signature Theatre presents the Tony Award-winning musical Dreamgirls, playing in the MAX Theatre now running through January 13, 2013. Directed and choreographed by Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Xanadu, Really Really), this much-loved show captures the heart and hopes of a soulful female singing trio as they rise to international fame. BroadwayWorld has a first look at scenes from the production below. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Signature Theatre's DREAMGIRLS is Electric
by Charles Shubow - Dec 04, 2012

Delicious DREAMGIRLS is given top notch production and is extended to January 13, 2013. (more...)

Signature Theatre Extends DREAMGIRLS Through January 13
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2012

Virginia's Signature Theatre announced today that the run of Dreamgirls is extended through January 13 due to popular demand - an addition of eight performances. Tickets to all performances are now on sale. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Nova Y. Payton, Crystal Joy, Cedric Neal and More in Signature's DREAMGIRLS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2012

Signature Theatre presents the Tony Award®-winning musical Dreamgirls, playing in the MAX Theatre now running through January 6, 2013. Directed and choreographed by Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Xanadu, Really Really), this much-loved show captures the heart and hopes of a soulful female singing trio as they rise to international fame. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the production below. (more...)

Nova Y. Payton Stars in Signature Theatre's DREAMGIRLS, Now thru Jan 6
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2012

Signature Theatre sparkles this holiday season with the arrival of the Tony Award-winning musical Dreamgirls, playing in the MAX Theatre starting tonight, November 13. Brimming with superstar talent, and directed and choreographed by Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Xanadu, Really Really), this much-loved show captures the heart and hopes of a soulful female singing trio as they rise to international fame. Dreamgirls plays from tonight, November 13, 2012 - January 6, 2013. (more...)

Nova Y. Payton Stars in Signature Theatre's DREAMGIRLS 11/13-1/06
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2012

Signature Theatre sparkles this holiday season with the arrival of the Tony Award®-winning musical Dreamgirls, playing in the MAX Theatre starting Tuesday, November 13. Brimming with superstar talent, and directed and choreographed by Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Xanadu, Really Really), this much-loved show captures the heart and hopes of a soulful female singing trio as they rise to international fame. Dreamgirls plays from November 13, 2012 - January 6, 2013. (more...)

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