Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber & Stoller, which played a May 16–June 9 engagement at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine, officially opened at Off-Broadway's Stage 42 (422 W. 42nd St.) July 22 following previews that began July 6.
Directed and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse, the cast features Dwayne Cooper (Motown, Hairspray), Emma Degerstedt (Desperate Measures Off-Broadway), John Edwards (Jersey Boys), Dionne D. Figgins (Hot Feet, Memphis), Nicole Vanessa Ortiz (Spamilton Off-Broadway), Kyle Taylor Parker (Kinky Boots, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Jelani Remy (Disney’s The Lion King), Max Sangerman (Blue Man Group Off-Broadway), and Alysha Umphress (On The Town, American Idiot).
The new production also features scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Alejo Vietti, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, sound design by Peter Fitzgerald, original vocal arrangements by Chapman Roberts, and orchestrations by Steve Margoshes and Sonny Paladino. Music supervision and new arrangements are also by Paladino. Casting is by Tara Rubin Casting.