Smokey Joe's Cafe, the highly successful revue of early rock 'n' roll standards written by the legendary collaborative team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, will close Jan. 16 a production spokesperson said.
The show's run comprises 2,036 performances, making it one of Broadway's longest-running, if not the longest-running revue ever. Smokey opened March 2, 1995.
Based on solid songwriting (Leiber and Stoller wrote many of Elvis Presley's biggest hits), the show was eagerly embraced by audiences despite initial skepticism in the press when it opened in .
Seven of the nine original cast members are still performing in the show. These include the Tony nominated performers Victor Trent Cook, B.J. Crosby, Brenda Braxton and DeLee Lively, as well as Ken Ard, Adrian Bailey and Frederick B. Owens. Matt Bogart and Deb Lyons round out the current cast.
Smokey Joe's Cafe has been seen by more than 3 million people worldwide, in North America, Europe, Australia and Japan. Smokey also broke new ground in terms of marketing. "On the business side, " explained producer Tom Viertel, "the marketing of Smokey Joe's Cafe blazed new trails and changed the approach to creating visibility for every show on Broadway today." Over the past year, Ben E. King, Pam Tillis, Lou Rawls, Gladys Knight, Lesley Gore, Gloria Gaynor and Tony Orlando have guest starred in the show.
Rock star Rick Springfield will join the cast from Oct. 19-31 at the Virginia Theatre, located at 245 West 52 Street. Performances run Tue. - Sat. At 8 PM, Wed. And Sat. At 2 PM and Sun. At 3 PM. Tickets range from $30 - $75 and are available by calling Tele-Charge at (212) 239-6200 or (800) 432- 7250.
-- By Murdoch McBride