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John Rando Will Helm SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Developmental Lab This Fall


Last year, it was announced that a Broadway revival of SMOKEY JOE'S CAFÉ was on the way for summer 2016, with direction by Jerry Zaks and choreography by Warren Carlyle.

Those plans never panned out, but now according to an Equity casting notice, the show, which holds the record as Broadway's longest running revue (2036 performances), will get a NYC developmental lab with a different creative team. A presentation will be held on September 24, under the direction of John Rando, with choreography by Joshua Bergasse.

SMOKEY JOE'S CAFÉ celebrates the pop hits written by the team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller during the 1950s and 60s, including "Kansas City," "On Broadway," "Poison Ivy," "Yakety Yak," "Charlie Brown," "Hound Dog," 'I'm A Woman," " Love Potion #9," "Jailhouse Rock" and "Spanish Harlem."

SMOKEY JOE'S CAFÉ was nominated for seven 1995 Tony Awards.

Photo Credit: Jennifer Broski

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