EAST BRUNSWICK -- Playhouse 22, East Brunswick’s Community Theater, presents Smokey Joe’s Café, featuring the music of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, running February 9 – 25.  

If Love Potion #9, On Broadway, Poison Ivy, and Stand by Me don't have you singing in your seats, then the cast is just not trying.

Directed by Letitia D. Townes, with music direction by Khy Garner, and choreography by Angela Cusumano, Smokey Joe's Cafe is a musical journey through the early days of rock and roll.  The enthusiastic musical features such songs as Jailhouse Rock, Yakety Yak, among others. 

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Leiber and Stoller, as much as anyone, virtually invented popular rock, and now their songs provide the basis for an electrifying entertainment that illuminates a golden age of American culture.

In an idealized '50's setting, the classic themes of love won, lost, and imagined blend with hilarious set-pieces and slice-of-life emotions. Featuring nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded, Smokey Joe’s Cafe isn't just great pop music - it's compelling musical theater.

 

Guests are invited to join the cast and crew for a special opening night reception, sponsored by the East Brunswick Stop and Shop and Cabot Creamery, to be held after the February 9 performance.   

 

Playhouse 22’s performances will be Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets are $22/adults and $20/seniors and students, and can be purchased online at Playhouse22.org; calling the Box Office at (732) 254-3939; or at the door on the day of the performance. 

 

Playhouse 22 is conveniently located at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center, 721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick.