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Smokey Joe’s Cafe

August 24-Sept 2

Audition Information

Ben E. King, The Coasters, Elvis Presley, Peggy Lee, and The Drifters – what do they have in common? Besides being some of the most popular artists of the 50s and 60s, their hits, and over 35 others, are the bread and butter of Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Set in St. Louis’ historic Gaslight Square, Broadway’s longest-running musical revue includes Grammy Award-winning favorites such as “Yakety Yak,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “On Broadway,” and “Love Potion No. 9.”

In the 1950s, the rhythm and blues of the black entertainment world was increasing its audience-share in areas previously reserved for traditional pop music, and the phenomenon now known as “crossover” became apparent. Leiber and Stoller progressed the course of modern popular music in 1957, when they wrote and produced the hits by The Coasters, “Young Blood”/”Searchin’ and “Charlie Brown”. They produced and wrote the groundwork for the black R&B sound. In all, Leiber and Stoller wrote or co-wrote over 70 chart hits. They were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

Purchase Tickets

Director: not yet announced

Main Stage production

Tickets: $20/$15

Thursday, August 24 @ 7:30

Friday, August 25 @ 7:30

Saturday, August 26 @ 7:30

Sunday, August 27 @ 2:00

Thursday, August 31 @ 7:30

Friday, September 1 @ 7:30

Saturday, September 2 @ 2 & 7:30

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