PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Original Smokey Joe's Café Cast Members Pick Favorite Songs by Leiber and Stoller

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05 Feb 2014

Adrian Bailey
Adrian Bailey

Cast members from the Tony Award-nominated musical revue Smokey Joe's Café will reunite exactly 19 years following its first performance on Feb. 9, 1995, for On Broadway at 54 Below. In anticipation of the concert, Frederick Owens, Adrian Bailey, Deb Lyons and DeLee Lively pick their favorite songs by Leiber and Stoller as part of this week's Playbill Playlist

Directed by original cast member Brenda Braxton with musical direction by Louis St. Louis, concerts — as part of the venue's new 54 Sings series — will be offered Feb. 9 at 7 PM and 9:30 PM.

The evening will feature original cast members Bailey, Braxton, DeLee Lively, Ken Ard, Owens and Michael Park as well as Lyons, Darryl Williams and Ramona Keller.

Here's how 54 Below bills the evening: "Yakety Yak! On March 2, 1995, a musical phenomenon opened on Broadway. Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber & Stoller would go on to run 2,036 performances & continue to electrify audiences around the world. 54 Below is delighted to present a one night only reunion featuring members of the original Broadway company of this swingin' hit show, including Adrian Bailey, Brenda Braxton, DeLee Lively, Deb Lyons, Frederick Owens & Darryl Williams (more to be announced!). Expect hit tunes including Stand by Me, Hound Dog, Charlie Brown & more! Directed by Brenda Braxton, with Musical Direction by Louis St. Louis, this will be one night you won't soon forget because Baby, That’s Rock & Roll!"

Owens, Bailey, Lyons and Lively, four members of the closing-night cast, pick their favorite songs by Leiber and Stoller and tell us why they made the list. 

The revue, featuring the music of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, was nominated for seven 1995 Tony Awards, including Best Choreography (Joey McKneely), Best Direction (Jerry Zaks), Best Featured Actor (Victor Trent Cook), Best Featured Actress (Lively, Braxton and B.J. Crosby) and Best Musical.

54 Below is located at 254 W. 54th Street. There is a $50-60 cover charge plus a $25 food and beverage minimum. For more information and tickets, visit


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