PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Original Smokey Joe's Café Cast Members Pick Favorite Songs by Leiber and Stoller
05 Feb 2014
Deb Lyons: "On Broadway." This song, and especially the Drifters production, evoked such a haunting picture of New York City. When I was a kid, there was a commercial for Radio Free Europe that depicted a disc jockey broadcasting to countries behind the Iron Curtain, and the song he played was "On Broadway." So, in spite of the contrasting picture of NYC described in the lyrics, it set up a longing for a cooler place and following a dream.