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Photo Coverage: SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Celebrates Opening Night!

The new production of Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber & Stoller, officially opened last night, Sunday, July 22. The vibrant nine-member ensemble led by director choreographer Joshua Bergasse brings new life to more than 30 classic songs including "Stand by Me," "I'm a Woman," "Hound Dog," "Fools Fall In Love," "On Broadway," "Yakety Yak," "Pearl's a Singer," "Treat Me Nice," "There Goes My Baby," "Love Potion #9," "Jailhouse Rock," and "Spanish Harlem."

Smokey Joe's Cafe features Dwayne Cooper (Motown, Hairspray), Emma Degerstedt (Desperate Measures Off-Broadway), John Edwards (Jersey Boys), Dionne D. Figgins (Hot Feet, Memphis), Nicole Vanessa Ortiz (Spamilton Off-Broadway), Kyle Taylor Parker (Kinky Boots, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Jelani Remy (Disney's The Lion King), Max Sangerman (Blue Man Group Off-Broadway), and Alysha Umphress (On The Town, American Idiot).

Featuring a wide-ranging catalog, from joyous anthems ("Saved") to comedic romps ("Charlie Brown") to songs of yearning ("I Who Have Nothing"), the storytelling aspect of Leiberand Stoller's songwriting paired perfectly with the theatrical medium. With soulful ballads rooted in blues, their songs celebrate the humor, passion, and heartbreak that infuse everyday lives. Classics such as "Neighborhood" and "Stand by Me" celebrated the power of community and friendship and deeply resonated with the African American community just as much as they did with rebellious suburban teenagers. Now, this classic show returns to NYC to thrill a new generation of theatergoers with its enduring themes and searing emotions.

We're taking you inside opening night below!

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Photo Coverage: SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Celebrates Opening Night!
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Photo Coverage: SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Celebrates Opening Night!
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Photo Coverage: SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Celebrates Opening Night!
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Dionne D. Figgins

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Antoinette Comer

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Kyle Taylor Parker

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Bronwyn Tarboton

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Bronwyn Tarboton

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Emma Degerstedt

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Emma Degerstedt

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John Arthur Greene and Emma Degerstedt

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Max Sangerman

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Max Sangerman

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Alysha Umphress

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Alysha Umphress

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Nicole Vanessa Ortiz, Dionne D. Figgins, Emma Degerstedt, and Alysha Umphress

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Nicole Vanessa Ortiz

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Nicole Vanessa Ortiz

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Dionne D. Figgins and Emma Degerstedt

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Dionne D. Figgins and Emma Degerstedt

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John Edwards, Jelani Remy, Ken Ard, and Kyle Taylor Parker

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Jelani Remy

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Jelani Remy

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John Edwards

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John Edwards

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Dwayne Cooper

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Dwayne Cooper and Joshua Bergasse

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