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Smokey Joe's Cafť is the hottest joint in town. This Tony Award-winning tribute to legendary songwriters Leiber and Stoller is a fast-paced nostalgic trip through 39 of rock-and-roll's greatest hits from "Stand by Me" and "Fools Fall in Love" to "Spanish Harlem" and "Yakety Yak." Award-winning Director Robert Barry Fleming returns to Center REP where he previously helmed such REP hits as Ain't Misbehavin', All Shook Up, and She Loves Me.


Smokey Joe's Cafe Star Kyle Taylor Parker Makes Broadway At Green's Debut Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2018

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Backstage Bite with Katie Lynch: SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE's Alysha Umphress Toasts Some S'moresy Bars!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 18, 2018

In this episode, the soulful songstress herself, Alysha Umphress joins @KatieGLynch in the kitchen! Check out the recipe for Katie's S'moresy Joe's Cafe Bars below! (more...)


by Contests - Broadway - Sep 12, 2018

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BWW's On This Day - October 31, 2018
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Riverside Theatre Stages SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2018

Riverside Theatre presents one of Broadway's longest-running jukebox musicals, Smokey Joe's Cafe. Sponsored by Linda & Mel Teetz and Riverside Theatre's Patron Producers Group, Smokey Joe's Cafe performs on the Stark Stage from October 23 - November 11, 2018. (more...)

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BWW TV Exclusive: SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Cast Blows the Roof Off of Broadway Sessions!
by Ben Cameron - Oct 25, 2018

The cast of the Off Broadway revival of Smokey Joes Cafe came to Broadway Sessions recently and blew the roof off The Laurie Beechman Theatre. These guys and gals have some of the best voices in the biz. Enjoy these highlights from Alysha Umphress, Emma Degerstedt, Dionne Figgins, Kyle Taylor Parker, Jelani Remy, Shavey Brown, Bronwyn Tarboton, Nicole Vanessa Ortiz, Antoinette Comer and Max Sangerman alongside "Rising Star" Peggy Sue Johnson. Smokey Joe's Cafe closes on November 4th, so make sure you catch the amazing cast before it's too late! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - October 24, 2018
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Photo Flash: In Concert with THE ME NOBODY KNOWS at 54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2018

FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presented a first-time ever NYC concert event featuring the songs of The Me Nobody Knows! (more...)

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Breaking: SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Will Play Final Off-Broadway Performance Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2018

Producers Steven Baruch, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel and Tom Viertel announced today that Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber & Stoller, the all-new incarnation of the record breaking Broadway hit, will close on Sunday, November 4, 2018. The show will have played 20 previews and 121 performances at Stage 42 (422 West 42nd Street). Previews began on Friday, July 6 and the production officially opened on Sunday, July 22. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: Broadway Sessions Raises a Glass (L'Chiam!) to Cast of Yiddish FIDDLER ON THE ROOF!
by Ben Cameron - Oct 16, 2018

We said mazel tov to the incredibly talented and recently extended (again) cast of the Yiddish Nation Theater Folkbiene production of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish. The cast performed and told stories about their groundbreaking production (Ince again recently extended until Dec. 30th!). There were laughs a plenty, belly high noted and YES, even some Yiddish! Check out these fantastic highlights and raise a glass to life, L'Chiam! (more...)

VIDEO: Daphne Rubin-Vega, Mario Lopez, and More Broadway Stars Urge People to Vote With 'Enough Already' Music Video
by Stage Tube - Oct 16, 2018

A music video has been released, featuring many Broadway favorites, urging people to get out and vote. Mario Lopez and Daphne Rubin-Vega lead the performers lending their voices to the song, called Enough Already. (more...)

SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Stars Head To Broadway Sessions
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2018

BROADWAY SESSIONS is described as an evening of musical performances, games and open mic featuring a new Broadway guest each week. The show is created and hosted by Ben Cameron (Bway Wicked, Aida, Footloose, Dance Captain Dance Attack web series) and features musical director Joshua Stephen Kartes on piano. This Thursday night, 10/18 Broadway Sessions welcomes the cast of Smokey Joe's Cafe and more. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - November 3, 2018
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Matt Oestreicher, Music Director For SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Releases 80's Pop Inspired Album DREAM THE WORLD NEW
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2018

Musician and Producer Matt Oestreicher recently found himself mired in a troubling paradox. While mentoring kids in his music program, he realized he was encouraging children to aspire high, but he wasn't pursuing his own dreams. Despite becoming an accomplished sideman musician, he had yet to fulfill his desire to record and release any of his work. (more...)

BWW Interview: SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Choreographer David Rossetti Takes Classic Hits to a New Level
by Sally Henry - Jul 28, 2018

Fresh off the national tour of SOMETHING ROTTEN, multitalented performer David Rossetti has returned to Atlanta from New York to shake things up at Stage Door Players. (more...)

Sally Struthers, Hal Linden, Ed Dixon & Mark Jacoby Star in Ogunquit Playhouse's GRUMPY OLD MEN
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2018

Fasten your seat belt, it's going to be a grumpy ride! The Ogunquit Playhouse is proud to produce the U.S. premiere of the new musical-comedy, Grumpy Old Men the Musical on stage from August 8 to September 1 - just in time to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the hit film that starred Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau and Ann-Margret. This hilarious new show was penned by Dan Remmes, with music by Neil Berg and lyrics by Nick Meglin. Director for the Ogunquit production of Grumpy Old Men the Musical is Matt Lenz. (more...)

Photo Flash: ALTAR BOYZ Opens at the Cape Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2018

The Cape Playhouse very proudly presents, Altar Boyz, the award-winning Off-Broadway musical. Starring, Coby Getzug, Austin Colby, David Barnes, Anthony Fortino, and Ben Chavez; and directed by Jason Sparks. Destined to rock the masses of all denominations, Altar Boyz runs July 24-August 4, 2018. (more...)

Alysha Umphress Responds to NY Times Journalist's Alleged Body Shaming
by Julie Musbach - Jul 23, 2018

Alysha Umphress is one of Broadway's most sparkling talents, currently starring in Smokey Joe's Cafe Off-Broadway. Despite Umphress's talents and a general positive reaction to the show, New York Times critic Laura Collins-Hughes made a comment in her review about the actress's weight, and the Twitter-verse is calling it out as body shaming. The review reads: (more...)

Photo Coverage: SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Celebrates Opening Night!
by Jessica Fallon Gordon - Jul 23, 2018

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.' (more...)

Review Roundup: What Did the Critics Think of SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE?
by Review Roundups - Jul 23, 2018

The new production of Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber & Stoller, officially opened on Sunday, July 22. Let's see what the critics are saying... (more...)

BWW Review: Joshua Bergasse Creates a Sensational New Style For the Leiber and Stoller Smash SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE
by Michael Dale - Jul 23, 2018

When the smash hit revue Smokey Joe's Cafe, celebrating the pop classics of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, opened on Broadway in 1995, director Jerry Zaks staged each beloved number with snazzy show-biz slickness and glitz, suggesting the ways they might have been performed by the artists who introduced them when in concert or on television variety shows. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 22, 2018
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Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 7/21/2018
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SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Comes to New Village Arts
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2019

New Village Arts is pleased to announce the upcoming production of Smokey Joe's Cafe: THE SONGS OF LEIBER & STOLLER, a celebration of iconic American songwriting partners Jerry Leiber and Michael Stoller, who wrote some of the most timeless rock-n-roll songs of the 1950s. The production is directed by Tony Houck, with choreography from Michael Mizerany. (more...)

Emmy Winner and Tony Nominee Joshua Bergasse to Direct and Choreograph SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE at the Ordway
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2018

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts raised the curtain with a sneak peek of its 2019-2020 Broadway Series by announcing the all-new incarnation of the Grammy Award-winning, Tony Award-nominated, Broadway hit Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller. (more...)

Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Dec. 16
by Audition Roundup - Dec 16, 2018

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Equity Auditions from Sunday, December 16, 2018 for both productions in your area and around the country including what/when/where and how to audition! (more...)

Photo Flash: SOUTH PACIFIC Opens at The Cape Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2018

The Cape Playhouse very proudly presents, South Pacific, the award winning Broadway musical. Starring Becky Gulsvig, Mike McGowan, Tim Rogan, Shea Renne, Michael Thomas Holmes, and Yvonne Strumecki; and directed by Michael Rader. One of Rogers and Hammerstein's most beloved scores, South Pacific runs August 7-18, 2018. (more...)

VIDEO: Rock Out with the Cast of SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Performing 'Ruby Baby!'
by Stage Tube - Aug 30, 2018

Get ready to rock with Leiber & Stoller's 'Ruby Baby!" Previously recorded by such legendary acts as The Drifters, Elvis Presley, and The Beach Boys, the revival's soulful take on this hit song features Max Sangerman, along with members of the cast and band of Smokey Joe's Cafe, jamming out together at Stage 42. (more...)

Cast Members of GREAT COMET, SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE, and BEAUTIFUL to Star in Reading of BEAU
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2018

The Directors Company (Michael Parva, Artistic Director; Leah Michalos, Producing Director) and RK Greene/The StoryLine Project LLC, have announced the industry reading of Beau, a new play inside a concert, being presented August 9th at Clinton Cameo Studios. (more...)

VIDEO: SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Explores Leiber and Stoller's History with the Gibson Guitar
by Stage Tube - Aug 29, 2018

The new production of Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber & Stoller, officially opened on, 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.' Check out a new video exploring the history of Leiber and Stoller and the Gibson guitar below! (more...)

SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE Star Kyle Taylor Parker Previews Upcoming Album At Broadway At Green's on Sept 3rd
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2018

Star of Smokey Joe's Cafe, Kyle Taylor Parker will be presenting a concert this coming Monday, September 3rd at 9pm as part of the new 'Broadway At Green's' cabaret series at Haswell Green's in midtown manhattan. He will be previewing performances from his upcoming debut album, 'To Broadway, with Soul'. (more...)

GREENWAY ARTS ALLIANCE Announces 2018-2019 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2018

Greenway Arts Alliance (Whitney Weston and Pierson Blaetz, Co-Founders and Co-Artistic Directors) announces its 2018-2019 Season, which includes the Tony Award-winning musical The Color Purple, the Rolling World Premiere play Herland and the 3rd Annual L.A. Get Down Festival, A Celebration of Hip Hop and Spoken Word. The season productions and festival will be presented at Greenway Court Theatre (544 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles). (more...)

'Broadway At Green's' Concert Series Launches With Stars Of SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE, SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS and More In September
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2018

Broadway fans will have the chance to see the stars of their favorite shows perform at 'Broadway at Green's,' running Monday evenings throughout September at Haswell Green's. The series kicks off on Monday, September 3, with ticket prices ranging from $25 - $35. Produced by Upstairs Landing Productions LLC, the series will give audiences the chance to experience solo performances in a more relaxed cabaret setting. (more...)

Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Aug. 12
by Audition Roundup - Aug 12, 2018

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Equity Auditions from Sunday, August 12, 2018 for both productions in your area and around the country including what/when/where and how to audition! (more...)

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