SmokeyJoesCafe_July_14-20
SmokeyJoesCafe_July_14-20

CREATIVE TEAM



MARCIA MILGROM DODGE (Director)

is a Tony Award and Drama Desk-nominated director/choreographer. Muny: CinderellaMeet 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, a teacher, a proud SDC Executive Board Member.

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+, 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.