HUDSON - Take a walk down memory lane and see "Smokey Joe's Cafe" playing Aug. 1 to Sept. 21 at The Show Palace Dinner Theatre in Hudson.
The longest-running musical revue in the history of Broadway, "Smokey Joe's Cafe," the play features the songs of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and is directed and choreographed by Katie Kerwin with musical direction by Michael Ursua.
"Smokey Joe's Cafe" opened to standing ovations on Broadway in 1995, where it was nominated for seven Tony awards. Leiber and Stoller, two Jewish teenagers, shared a love for blues in 1950. Together, they transformed pop music into rock 'n' roll.
They wrote a number of ground-breaking hits: “Hound Dog,” “Yakety Yak,” “Poison Ivy,” “Charlie Brown,” “On Broadway,” “Kansas City,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Love Potion No. 9,” and “Stand By Me.” These are just a few of the songs that provide the basis for the musical powerhouse.
"Smokey Joe's Cafe" brings together a stellar ensemble cast from around the country: Phillip Boykin, Sara DelBeato and Illeana Kirven headline this exciting musical tribute.
Joining them are Davron Monroe, Eric Jon Mahlum, Jason Goodson, Regina Fernandez, Tiffany Lutz and Timothe Bittle. This talented cast of top-notch vocalists will sing and dance their way through over 40 of the greatest songs from the 50’s and the 60’s. The singers are backed up by a full rock and roll band with Michael Ursua at the piano.
The creative team will also include Tom Hansen (scenic and lighting Designer), Angela Hoerner (costume designer), Tony Sessa (sound designer), Susan Haldeman (production stage manager), Matthew McGee (casting), Jessica Beeler (costume intern) and Rebecca Nelson (assistant to the director).
Friday and Saturday shows start at 8 p.m. and the Sunday matinee starts at 3 p.m. Doors open two hours before each show for dinner and cocktails. On Sundays, the doors open at 1 p.m. and show starts at 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday night performances begin at 8 p.m., and doors open for dinner and cocktails at 6 p.m. Matinees are available on some Thursdays and Saturdays and doors open for dinner and cocktails at 11:30 a.m.
Tickets are $44 plus tax for dinner and show. Show only is $32.95 plus tax. Call for special children's pricing. Show Palace Dinner Theatre is located at 16128 U.S. Hwy. 19 North in Hudson.
Call the theatre at 727-863-7949 or (888) 655-7469 to reserve your tickets. Visit www.showpalace.net for more information.