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Upper St. Clair presents “Smokey Joe’s Café”

April 30, 2021

Upper St. Clair presents “Smokey Joe’s Café”

Smokey Joe's CafeUpper St. Clair High School’s Performing Arts Department will present “Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 13 through Sunday, May 16, 2021.

The show will be available each evening via Broadway On Demand, which is available in APPS for the Apple iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. Roku, Android and Chromecast. Tickets are $15 per family, plus $3.95 streaming fee, and will be available at USCTheater.org.

“We are all very excited to have the opportunity to make music and perform on stage again, and to be with others who appreciate the arts after a year of silence in the theater,” Mr. Hunsberger said. “We hope that the audience will love the show as much as we do.”

Smokey Joe's Cafe is a musical revue featuring more than 40 hit songs from the 1950's. The story for the show is interpreted by the audience through the music and dance as there is no script that accompanies the show.

“We wanted to accommodate as many participants as possible. This format provided us with an opportunity to work with 59 cast members in a safe way,” Thomas Hunsberger, musical director, said. “It's also a really fun show that we thought the kids would enjoy working on.”

Due to COVID-19, this year many schools and colleges are using resources such as Broadway on Demand to stream their productions as a safe alternative to a live audience.

“The show is comprised of nine sequences of songs, which facilitated small group rehearsals that would fit in with current safety guidelines for the arts,” Thomas Hunsberger, musical director, said. “We will film the show by sequence and put them together during editing.” 



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Synopsis:

“Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller,” the Grammy Award-winning and Tony Award-nomination smash, made history as Broadway's longest-running musical review. Featuring 40 of the greatest songs of the past century including classics like “On Broadway,” “Stand by Me,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “Love Potion No. 9,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Yakety Yak” and “Charlie Brown,” it celebrates the music of the legendary songwriting duo, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Their generation-defining songs provided hit after hit for icons like Elvis Presley, Ben E. King, The Coasters and The Drifters.