Wagner College Presents Smokey Joe’s Cafe

Sit back, relax and prepare to enjoy a show celebrating the music of two of America’s most influential composers as Wagner College Theatre proudly presents Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs Of Leiber And Stoller.

Smokey Joe’s Cafe is a musical revue showcasing 39 pop songs ranging from rock n’ roll to rhythm and blues celebrating the music of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Smokey Joe’s Cafe originally opened on Broadway on March 2, 1995 at the Virginia Theatre (Known currently as The August Wilson Theatre) and closed on January 16, 2000 running for a total of 2,036 performances. While the revue did not receive the best reviews, time showed the strength of the show despite the fact that a central story around the show is not existent.

The show features such classic songs as “There Goes My Baby”, “Stand By Me”, “Spanish Harlem”, “Jailhouse Rock” and Yakety Yak/Charlie Brown.

Rusty Curcio


Rusty Curcio, who is the Head of Dance for Wagner College Theatre, directs and choreographs the piece bringing the music and story to life through movement. Fred Tessler music directs the piece which consists of song after song in a show where almost no words are spoken. Vicki Neal will be the set designer while Phill Hickox, who is the Head of Design, Technology and Management for Wagner College Theatre, will light the piece as the lighting designer. Alan Michael Smith is set to costume design the production.

Luner on Theatre will officially review the production on opening night. Be sure to check back for our official review of Smokey Joe’s Cafe.

Smokey Joe’s Cafe will open officially this Wednesday February 23rd, 2011 at Wagner College at the Main Stage Theatre. The production will run from Fabruary 23rd to the 26th and March 2nd to the 6th. All performances begin at 8 PM. Fabuary 26th and March 5th will feature shows at 2 PM & 8 PM and March 6th will feature a show only at 2 PM. Be sure to come out and check out Wagner College Theatre’s production of Smokey Joe’s Cafe! For tickets or other information, please contact the Box Office at (718)-390-3259

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