SJCChicago LLC is proud to announce the extension of Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre’s production of Smokey Joe’s Café – The Songs of Leiber and Stoller at the Royal George Cabaret Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted Ave. through June 30. The hit production received rave reviews from Chicago and just recently received five Non-equity Jeff Award Nominations for Production - Revue, Ensemble, Director - Musical or Revue, Choreography and Music Direction. Smokey Joe’s Café now runs through Sunday, June 30. The performance schedule, beginning May 30, is Wednesdays at 2 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 5 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Ticket prices range from $25 - $46.50 and may be purchased in person at the Royal George Box Office (Tuesdays – Saturdays 12 p.m. – curtain), online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 312.988.9000. For groups of 10 or more contact Group Theater Tix at 312.423.6612. For more information on SJCChicago’s presentation of Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre’s Smokey Joe’s Café – The Songs of Leiber and Stoller visit www.SmokeyJoesCafeChicago.com.
The transfer of Smokey Joe’s Café – The Songs of Leiber and Stoller features the same award-winning cast directed, once again, by Brenda Didier. This production’s musical direction is by Jeremy Ramey and Steve Hiltebrand serves as the associate director and associate producer. Smokey Joe’s Café, originally presented, in it’s pre-Broadway engagement as Baby That’s Rock n Roll, the Songs of Leiber and Stoller at The Royal George Theatre in 1994, returns to its roots at The Royal George with the 2012 critically acclaimed Theo Ubique Cabaret production. The original Broadway presentation had a successful five-year run with 2,036 performances at the Virginia Theatre. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, as much as anyone, virtually invented rock ‘n’ roll, and now their songs provide the basis for an electrifying entertainment that illuminates a golden age of American culture. Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre’s Smokey Joe’s Café – The Songs of Leiber and Stoller’s features nearly 40 of the greatest rock n’ roll songs ever recorded, covering the classic themes of love won, lost and imagined blend with hilarious set-pieces and slice-of-life emotions, such as “Hound Dog,” “Love Potion #9,” “Yakety Yak,” “Charlie Brown,” and “Jailhouse Rock,” and with a cast of nine plus a four piece band, the return of this hit production is sure to bring sold out crowds to their feet once again.
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