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.
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.