Brenda Braxton, Adrian Bailey, DeLee Lively, Michael Park and More Set for Smokey Joe's Café Reunion at 54 Below
By Michael Gioia
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.
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 Adrian Bailey, Braxton, DeLee Lively, Ken Ard, Frederick Owens and Michael Park as well as Deb 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!"
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 54Below.com.
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