Pasadena Playhouse's Smokey Joe's Cafe, Starring Stu James, Carly Thomas Smith and Kyra DaCosta, Opens Sept. 22
22 Sep 2013
The musical revue Smokey Joe's Cafe – The Songs of Leiber & Stoller officially opens Sept. 22 at Pasadena Playhouse, following preview performances that began Sept. 17.
The production will run through Oct. 13.
Directed by Jeffrey Polk, the cast features LaVance Colley as Victor, Kyra DaCosta as Brenda (Baby It's You!, Sweet Charity), Thomas Hobson as Ken, Stu James as Adrian (The Color Purple,Rent), Adrianna Rose Lyons as Delee (Rock of Ages, ModRock), Monique L. Midgette as BJ (The Lion King, House of Flowers), Robert Neary as Michael (Smokey Joe's Cafe), Michael A. Shepperd as Fred (A Raisin in the Sun, Little Shop of Horrors) and Carly Thomas Smith as Patti (Rent, We Will Rock You).
Smokey Joe's Cafe opened on Broadway in 1995, running for 2,036 performances and receiving seven Tony nominations. It also received the Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. The production features 39 rock ‘n' roll songs including "Stand by Me," "Fools Fall in Love," "Jailhouse Rock," "Spanish Harlem" and "Yakety Yak."
The production also features music direction by Abdul Hamid Royal, scenic design by Gary Weismann, lighting and projection design by Steve Young, sound design by Jon Gotlieb and Phil Allen and costume design by Sharell Martin.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.