Smokey Joe’s Cafe
JULY 25 – 31
Ben E. King, The Coasters, Elvis Presley, Peggy Lee and The Drifters – what do they have in common? Besides being some of the most popular artists of the 50s and 60s, their hits, and over 35 others, are the bread and butter of Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Set in St. Louis’ historic Gaslight Square, Broadway’s longest-running musical revue includes Grammy Award-winning favorites such as “Yakety Yak,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “On Broadway” and “Love Potion No. 9.” With this generation-defining Muny premiere, audiences will be dancing in the aisles.
Performances begin at 8:15 p.m.
Gaslight Square Photo Search
Broadway’s longest-running musical revue makes its Muny debut! Set in St. Louis’ historic Gaslight Square, Smokey Joe’s Cafe features over 35 generation-defining hits such as “Yakety Yak,” “Jailhouse Rock” and “Love Potion No. 9.”
With this unique local connection, The Muny needs your help! If you or someone you know has photos of Gaslight Square, including, but not limited to, people enjoying Gaslight Square, taverns, cabaret action shots, performers, restaurants, sidewalk cafes, antique shops, nightlife, streetscapes, etc., we would love to see them!
Marcia Milgrom Dodge
Marcia Milgrom Dodge is a Tony Award and Drama Desk-nominated director/choreographer. Muny: Cinderella, Meet Me In St. Louis, The Little Mermaid, Young Frankenstein, The Buddy Holly Story and The Addams Family. Television: Disney + Encore!’s Theatre Director. Broadway: Ragtime (Kennedy Center/Helen Hayes Award). Tours: Ragtime, Curious George, Seussical, Cookin’. Career Highlights: Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Drury Lane/Jeff Award), Closer Than Ever (original off-Broadway production), Romance in Hard Times (Public Theater), The West End Horror (co-written with Anthony Dodge/Bay Street/Edgar nomination), The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time (The Rep/Cincinnati Playhouse), The Secret Garden (Cincinnati Playhouse/Center Stage), Evita (Riverside/Drury Lane), Once (Olney). TV/Video: Sesame Street/Elmo’s Wild West. Dodge is also a wife, a mother, teacher and a proud member of The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.
Choreographer, based on Original Choreography by Marcia Milgrom Dodge
Muny: Cinderella (2019), Meet Me In St Louis (2018), The Little Mermaid (2017) and The Buddy Holly Story (2015). Broadway: Ragtime (associate director/associate choreographer). Most recently, Josh was the co-choreographer for Mary Poppins (Drury Lane Theatre) and choreographer for Encore on Disney+, airing January 24, 2020. Josh directed/choreographed On the Town (Capital City Theatre), A Chorus Line (Maltz Jupiter Theatre), Freaky Friday (Take It From the Top), Legally Blonde (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse) and the rock opera Fallen Angel (New York International Fringe Festival). Other credits include: Des Moines Metro Opera, Signature Theatre, Sacramento Music Circus, Doonce Productions, Actors Theatre of Louisville and Gateway Playhouse.
Abdul Hamid Royal
Music Director / Conductor
Broadway/International/Regional: Five Guys Named Moe, Twist, Sophisticated Ladies, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Jelly’s Last Jam, The Wiz, Truly Blessed, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, Betsy Brown, Concerts for the Earth, Colors of Christmas, Smokey Joe’s Café, The Life. Awards for Musical Direction: The Gospel at Colonus (Ovation, LA Drama Critics Circle and SAGE Awards), 5 Guys Named Moe (NAACP Image Award), Recorded in Hollywood (NAACP Image and Stage Scene LA Awards). He has worked with acclaimed artists including Natalie Cole, Peabo Bryson, Melissa Manchester, Cy Coleman, Al Jarreau, The Pointer Sisters, Liza Minelli, Jennifer Holliday, Melba Moore, Grover Washington Jr., Patti LaBelle, Christina Aguilera, Stevie Wonder, David Foster, Phil Collins, Billy Porter and others.
Smokey Joe’s Cafe became the longest-running musical revue in Broadway history. It features music from legendary duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and covers a variety of genres, including pop, rock and roll, and rhythm and blues anthems.
This Muny premiere, set in St. Louis’ historic Gaslight Square, will showcase over 35 chart-topping hits from the 50s and 60s – once recorded by the likes of Elvis Presley, Ben E. King, Peggy Lee and The Drifters. You’ll enjoy favorites such as “Yakety Yak,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “On Broadway” and “Love Potion No. 9.”
This family-friendly show is for all ages and will have Muny audiences dancing in the aisles.
Several songs include lyrics and choreography with sexual innuendo.
Drugs and Alcohol
Several songs mention alcohol or smoking.