Victor Cook and B.J. Crosby return to the Broadway production of Smokey Joe's Cafe on Oct. 6, thus reuniting all the original cast members. In the show from the start are DeLee Lively, Brenda Braxton, Ken Ard, Adrian Bailey, Patti Darcy Jones, Fred Owens and Jerry Tellier.
Both Cook and Crosby were nominated for Tonys for their performances in the Leiber & Stoller musical.
Smokey turned three on March 2, 1998, at its home, the Virginia Theatre on West 52nd St. The show played its 1,500th performance Oct. 4. Jerry Zaks directed this revue, which opened to mixed notices from critics. The show quickly became an audience favorite, and its continued success is a textbook example of the power of word-of mouth.
Joey McKneely designed choreography for the nine-person ensemble cast. Some of the Leiber & Stoller songs featured are: "Kansas City," "Searchin'," "On Broadway," "I'm A Woman," "Poison Ivy," "Yakety Yak," "Charlie Brown," "Jailhouse Rock" and "Hound Dog."