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.

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.”

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!

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.