Melinda Doolittle, JOHNNYSWIM and More Cast in Studio Tenn's Smokey Joe's Cafe

By Andrew Gans
August 21, 2012

"American Idol" finalist Melinda Doolittle will head the cast of Studio Tenn Theatre Company's upcoming production of Smokey Joe's Cafe, which begins Sept. 20 at the historic Franklin Theatre in Nashville.



Doolittle will be joined on stage by husband and wife pop duo Abner and Amanda Ramirez (daughter of the late Donna Summer), known together as JOHNNYSWIM, as well as Libby Hodges, Ryan Greenawalt, Laura Matula, Harvey Hubert and John-Mark McGaha.

"I could not be more excited to be a part of Studio Tenn's Smokey Joe's Cafe with such an amazing cast from all over the country," said Doolittle in a statement. "Studio Tenn is best known in this region for putting on flawless and exciting professional theater, and this show in particular has the musical and historical significance to further that trend."

The creative team includes executive director Jake Speck, director and designer Matt Logan, choreographer Emily Tello and musical director and conductor Steve Kummer.

A Grammy Award-winning rock-and-roll revue, Smokey Joe's Cafe celebrates songwriters Leiber and Stoller's catalog of classics from the 1950s and '60s, including hits made famous by Elvis Presley, Peggy Lee, Tom Jones, Bobby Darin and more. Song titles include “Jailhouse Rock," "Hound Dog," "Stand By Me," "Kansas City," "I’m a Woman" and more.

Tickets for Smokey Joe's Cafe are available now at FranklinTheatre.com or at the Box Office, (615) 538-2076. For more information visit StudioTenn.com.