Smokey Joe’s Cafe

JULY 26 – AUGUST 1

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.

Muny Premiere!

Performances begin at 8:15 p.m.

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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.”

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Cast

Charl Brown

Sonny

is thrilled to be appearing on The Muny stage for the first time and at this historic moment for theatre. He was nominated for a Tony Award for the role of Smokey Robinson in Motown: The Musical and reprised this role opening the West End production. This winter, he is slated to appear as Brick in Virginia Stage’s production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Other Broadway/tour: Jersey BoysSister ActHair. Select regional: The Who’s Tommy (Denver Center, Kennedy Center), Ever After (Paper Mill Playhouse), Johnny Baseball (American Repertory Theater), DreamgirlsRagtimeSix Degrees of SeparationJesus Christ SuperstarA Chorus Line. Select television: FBIEvilMadam Secretary. When not in an acting role, Charl tours the globe with his group, The Doowop Project, including venues such as The Blue Note Beijing, Disney Symphony Hall, Ottawa Symphony, City Winery Nashville and many others worldwide.

Michael Campayno

Rod

originated the role of Rob Camilletti in The Cher Show and also starred as Fiyero in the hit musical Wicked on Broadway. A Pittsburgh native and graduate of Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, he made his television debut as Rolf in the NBC live telecast of The Sound of Music starring Carrie Underwood and can be heard on the cast recording. His other credits include Lancelot in Camelot starring Robert Sean Leonard and Barry Bostwick, productions at Pittsburgh CLO, and in concert with the Phoenix Symphony and Carolina Philharmonic. Television: The Other Two (HBOMAX), The Good Fight (CBS). Proud member of SAG, AFTRA and AEA. Follow @michaelcampayno

Mykal Kilgore

Little Walter

is an award-winning actor and a Grammy and NAACP Image Award-nominated singer/songwriter. His debut album, A Man Born Black, is a gumbo of American roots and modern feels that highlight his ability to go from Broadway showtune storytelling to soul and jazz scatting to gospel. Mykal most recently starred in his online special, Mykal Kilgore Live… on the Innanets! Broadway: Motown: The Musical and Hair. National tour: The Book of Mormon. Other select credits: The Witch in Into the Woods at Barrington Stage Company, The Who’s Tommy at The Kennedy Center, Songs for a New World at Encores! Off-Center. TV/Film: NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in ConcertThe Wiz Live! and Collateral Beauty. Mykal has racked up 10M+ views on social media with his videos, including his viral Reclaiming My Time video. #blacklivesmatter #translivesmatter #loveoneanother MYKALKILGORE.COM

Tiffany Mann

Willie Mae

Broadway: Be More ChillWaitress. Off-Broadway: Jerry Springer: The Opera (Lucille Lortel Award), Invisible ThreadCabin in the Sky. Other select theater: Dreamgirls (Effie), Live from Lincoln Center: Sweeney Todd in Concert. TV: New Amsterdam and Rise for NBC, Orange Is the New Black. @iamtiffanymann

Hayley Podschun

Annette

Originally from Kansas, Hayley returns to The Muny after playing Dainty June in the 2018 production of Gypsy. Broadway: Wicked (Glinda, national tour), Hello, Dolly!Something RottenChaplin (Mildred Harris), Anything GoesPal JoeySunday in the Park with GeorgeHairspray (Broadway, national tour) and The Sound of Music. Off-Broadway: Freckleface Strawberry (Freckleface, original cast). Select regional credits: Holiday Inn (Linda Mason, Paper Mill Playhouse), I Married an Angel (Anna Murphy, NY City Center Encores!), The Royal Family of Broadway (Gwen, Barrington Stage, world premiere), Holiday Inn (Lila Dixon, Goodspeed, world premiere) Crazy for You (Polly, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival), Peter Pan (Peter Pan, Artpark), Legally Blonde (Elle Woods, Arvada Center). Film/TV: Hairspray (Tammy), The BlacklistLouieIsn’t It Romantic and Hail, Caesar; You can also find Hayley on QVC as a guest host for Zodiac Shoes. IG: @hayley_podschun or www.hayleypodschun.com for more!

Christopher Sams

Cornelius

is ecstatic to join The Muny and Marcia Milgrom Dodge in turning up the summer heat with Leiber and Stoller’s Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Broadway credits feature Mufasa in Disney’s The Lion King. National touring credits include The Lion King (Ensemble, u/s Mufasa), The Color Purple (Ensemble/Grady/Buster), Ragtime (Coalhouse Walker Jr.) and Rock of Ages (Ensemble/Ja’Keith). Became a proud AEA member doing Smokey Joe’s Cafe with Ms. Dodge in 2016 and this is Chris’ third time rocking through the neighborhood.

Nasia Thomas

Pearl

was most recently seen as Cathy in Out of The Box Theatrics version of The Last Five Years. In the fall, she can be seen as The Radio in the upcoming revival of Caroline, or Change on Broadway. Most recently seen in Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations on Broadway. Broadway: Little Eva in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. National tour: Beautiful. Regional: Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations (Berkeley Rep, Kennedy Center, Center Theatre Group, Mirvish Theatre), Beauty and the Beast (TUTS), Hairspray, (Muny). BFA Musical Theatre, Elon ‘15, The Governors School for the Arts ‘11. Member at DGRW Talent. IG: @nasiathomas.

Jason Veasey

Doc

Jason is happy to be back in one of his favorite cities making his Muny debut! Theatre credits include the Broadway and national touring companies of The Lion King, the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Strange Loop and a couple visits to Smokey Joe’s Cafe! He’s been at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Denver Center and The Public in New York. TV/Film credits include High MaintenanceChicago FireLittle VoiceDash & LilyFlatbush Misdemeanors and I’m Not Him.

Creative Team

Marcia Milgrom Dodge

Director

is a Tony and Drama Desk Award-nominated director and choreographer for her stirring and lovingly staged Broadway/Kennedy Center revival of Ragtime (three Helen Hayes Awards including Outstanding Director). Muny: CinderellaMeet Me In St. LouisThe Little MermaidYoung FrankensteinThe Buddy Holly StoryThe Addams Family. TV/Video: Disney+ Encore!, Sesame Street, Elmo’s Wild West. Her bold new approaches to classic plays and musicals include national tours of Curious George and Seussical (TheaterWorksUSA); Cookin (Broadway Asiaand Ragtime (Phoenix Entertainment). Teaching: @DirectingMusicals. MMD is also a wife, a mother, an Edgar Award-nominated playwright (Sherlock Holmes & The West End Horror written with Anthony Dodge) and a proud member of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society (SDC). More:  https://linktr.ee/mmdny

Josh Walden

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+. 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 MoeTwistSophisticated LadiesAin’t Misbehavin’Jelly’s Last JamThe WizTruly BlessedMa Rainey’s Black BottomThe Sound of MusicFiddler on the RoofBetsy BrownConcerts for the EarthColors of ChristmasSmokey Joe’s CaféThe 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.

Show Guidelines

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.

Language

None.

Sexual Innuendo

Several songs include lyrics and choreography with sexual innuendo.

Drugs and Alcohol

Several songs mention alcohol or smoking.

Violence

None.

Mature Content

None.