Directed by Mark S. Hoebee with choreography by Denis Jones, the production will officially open at the New Jersey venue April 11. Performances will continue through May 2.
The cast features Felicia Finley, Bernard Dotson, Jackie Burns, E. Clayton Cornelius, Carly Hughes, Andrew Rannells, Dennis Stowe, Eric LaJuan Summers and Maia Nkenge Wilson. (During reversals Stowe replaced Devin Richards, who withdrew from the production due to an injury.)
"Join us for an eye-popping, chart topping celebration of on of the greatest songwriting teams of all time," press notes state. "Smokey Joe's Café, the songs of Leiber and Stoller, features a world-class live band and dazzling choreography, you'll have a blast bopping along to classics like 'Hound Dog,' 'Stand by Me' and 'On Broadway.'"
The production features scenic design by Jonathan Spencer, costume design by Brian Hemesath, lighting design by Charlie Morrison, sound design by Randy Hansen, hair and wig design by Mark Adam Rampmeyer and musical direction by Tom Helm.
Tickets may be purchased by calling (973) 376-4343, or at the Paper Mill Box Office on Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at www.papermill.org.