WaterTower Theatre today announced casting details for Smokey Joe's Cafe which opens Monday, July 23, 2012. The ensemble cast includes Steve Barcus, Feleceia Benton, Chimberly Carter Byrom, Walter Cunningham, Maurice Johnson, Laura Lites, Calvin Roberts, Courtney Sikora and Akron Watson.
Making their WaterTower Theatre debuts are Maurice Johnson, Laura Lites, Calvin Roberts, Courtney Sikora and Akron Watson.
Terry Martin leads the creative team as director with John de los Santos as Choreographer/Assistant Director, Scott Eckert as Music Director, Clare Floyd DeVries as Set Designer, David Natinsky as Lighting Designer, Michael Robinson as Costume Designer, Georgana Jinks as Props Designer and Scott Guenther as Sound Designer.
Smokey Joe's Cafe is a musical revue celebrating the "Stand by Me" songwriting duo of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. The composers' chart-toppers include "Poison Ivy," "Love Potion #9," "Yakety Yak," "Jailhouse Rock," "Spanish Harlem" and "Hound Dog." The concert musical Smokey Joe's Café, a compendium of Leiber/Stoller tunes, covers much of the era from the backside of Grease to the Summer of Love. It celebrates a classic strain of rock 'n' roll.
Smokey Joe's Café opened on Broadway in 1995. That same year Smokey Joe's Café was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album and was honored with nominations for seven 1994-1995 Tony Awards. The show ran on Broadway for five years, making it the longest-running musical revue in the history of Broadway.
Smokey Joe's Cafe previews July 20 and 21 with a Pay What You Can performance on July 22. The show opens on Monday, July 23 running through Sunday, August 12. Press/Media night is Monday, July 23 at 7:30 pm.
Smokey Joe's Cafe is generously sponsored by Ackley Financial/Armor Wealth Management, AT&T Real Yellow Pages, Centennial Fine Wines & Spirits and Rainmaker Advertising.