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Joshua Bergasse

Smokey Joe's Cafe will return to New York City in Summer 2018

Joshua Bergasse directs and choreographs Smokey Joe's Cafe at off-Broadway's Stage 42 from July 6, 2018.

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Broadway's longest running musical revue Smokey Joe's Cafe is set to make a return to New York City this summer, when previews begin at off-Broadway's Stage 42 on July 6, 2018, before an official opening on July 22.

The Grammy Award winning and Tony Award nominated musical revue celebrates the best songs of the legendary song writing duo, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Their generation-defining songs climbed the Billboard charts and provided hit after hit for icons like Elvis Presley, Ben E. King, The Coasters, and The Drifters. With themes of love won, lost and imagined, their songs touched global audiences with wit and emotion. Audiences will be treated to more than 30 show stopping tunes including classics like "On Broadway," "Yakety Yak," "Charlie Brown," "Jailhouse Rock," "Hound Dog," "Love Potion #9," "Spanish Harlem," and "Stand by Me."

Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Joshua Bergasse will direct and choreograph the new production, which also features music direction by Sonny Paladino, scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Alejo Vietti, and lighting design by Jeff Croiter. Casting will be announced at a later date.

The production is also scheduled to play The Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine from May 16 through to June 9.

Smokey Joe's Cafe was originally conceived by Jack Viertel and is produced off-Broadway by the show's original producers Steven Baruch, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel and Tom Viertel.

The original Broadway run of Smokey Joe's Cafe officially opened at the Virginia Theatre on March 2, 1995, following previews from February, and finally closed on January 16, 2000, after a total of 2,036 performances.

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