Already closed | 1h 30m | Midtown W

Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber & Stoller

From 386 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging, Refreshing

About the show

An all-new incarnation of the record-breaking Broadway hit revue celebrates the best songs of the legendary song writing duo, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. More…

Their generation-defining songs climbed the Billboard charts and provided hit after hit for icons like Elvis Presley, Ben E. King, The Coasters, and The Drifters. With themes of love won, lost, and imagined, their songs touched global audiences with wit and emotion.

1h 30m | Already closed | Stage 42 (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (386)


Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging, Refreshing
Avg Score

Great dancing, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy, Doesn’t quite connect

See it if You want to see some great singing and dancing with basically zero plot or storyline. It’s a revue. No dialogue. Just good music.

Don't see it if You want anything more than song and dance. This is one staged number after another, nothing really connects them other than the cafe.

Also There was a lot of talent here and if you like these songs you might l... Read more Read less

Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Masterful, Amazing band

See it if Loved every toe tapping minute of it. The talent of the singers and musicians covered every inch of the theater. Will see again!

Don't see it if You don’t like revues. This is all songs non stop.., no plot.

Delightful, Great singing, Refreshing, Ebullient, Entertaining

See it if Nonstop musical revue. Great singing and dancing by a talented 9-member cast plus band. Good selection of songs & transitions between them

Don't see it if You want a narrative. There is none.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if singing and dancing appeal. The performers are wonderful. The songs are mostly familiar. The staging is engaging and varied. A fun evening.

Don't see it if you expect plot or characters. Each song is its own little story but there is no overall through line of personality or role.

Great singing, Entertaining, Energetic reimagined revue

See it if Off-B'way version of B'way hit that ran for 5 years. Forty pop gems revamped w/ talented singing and dancing cast. Evenly paced w/ great set

Don't see it if The venue has a poor track record for sustaining hit shows. Pity.

Inconsistent, Toothless, Pleasant, Fluffy, Uninspired

See it if you want to turn your brain off and just "have a good time."

Don't see it if you want to think or see anything original or inventive on stage.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Great music

See it if This is all Singing, Music and Dancing. You will see some very talent sings.

Don't see it if If you want a story.

Also This is my first time seeing Smokey Joe's Cafe. The Whole Cast was gre... Read more Read less

Great singing, Entertaining, Fluffy, Dated, Overrated

See it if You love doo-wop music sung by a capable cast, and are seeking very lighthearted fare.

Don't see it if You dislike revues or think that because this played 5 years on Broadway, it’s something special. It’s slightly above average.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Impeccable cast, high-energy, perfectly directed, even some dancing with audience members in aisles. Not one weak link in the cast.

Don't see it if You are in the mood for a drama instead of a fast-paced musical.

Energetic, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want to have fun dancing in your seat with everyone else. Impossible not to shake your head and tap your feet. Very talented cast.

Don't see it if you're looking for the normal format of a musical or a script and storyline. This is a revue that makes you smile and feel good.

Also Doesn't matter if you call it a play, a musical or a revue, just see i... Read more Read less

Great singing, Great dancing, Entertaining, Must see, Perfect remedy for a hot summer night

See it if you want to become acquainted with the Lieber and Stoller songbook. Their tunes are performed by a dynamite cast of nine.

Don't see it if Just see it for an utterly delightful evening. These songs will never go out of style.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Must see, Masterful

See it if You want a specacular time in the theatre! Sing and dancing are super and the music is memorable.

Don't see it if You need a plot.

Great staging and singing, Overflowing with nostalgia, Dozens of golden oldies

See it if Everyone finds something to love in the Leiber and Stoller catalogue, you will too. Chart topping songs for many well-known singers.

Don't see it if You want a backstory to go along with great song writing. You are not in the mood for an evening of up tempo music and dancing.

Tuneful revue with amazing singing and a great band

See it if Revue of Lieber & Stoller songbook with 10 excellent singers. Great dancing, too. Loved Dwayne Cooper's amazing basso voice.

Don't see it if Jelani Remy's Jailhouse Rock was great. Loved Alysha Umphress, too. No plot, no dialogue -- just great singing. The audience went wild!

Great singing, Jukebox fun, Strong diverse cast

See it if you enjoy classic rock and roll performed with joy and spirit.

Don't see it if you're looking for a plot or themes that hold the music together. This is basically a very well done cabaret show.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like high-energy performances, great singing, and many familiar songs. The cast gives it their all and have wonderful voices.

Don't see it if you don't like jukebox musicals or revues and would rather see something with a building story arc.

Great singing, Great staging, Great dancing, Kick-ass band, Great fun

See it if you enjoy jukebox musicals (no lame story line) performed by a super talented cast & a great band. Joyful entertainment.

Don't see it if you don't care for 50's-60's music; if you prefer a story line.

Also It's so infectious that people in the audience were dancing in the ais... Read more Read less

Delightful, Fun, enjoyable

See it if Good staging, good choreography, performance excellent. Although a revival, music from 1960's, a fun experience.

Don't see it if Music may be too dated for some, no plot, little dialogue, all music.

Entertaining, Great singing, Great dancing, Delightful, Funny

See it if you enjoy nostalgic rock music. Very talented cast. Upbeat, fun with one great song after another. No plot, but none needed

Don't see it if you don't like the music of the 50's and 60's, or you need a story line with your music.

Also I saw this show on Broadway a number of years ago. While that version ... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Great dancing

See it if If you want to have a delightful evening, watching an enormously talented cast.

Don't see it if if you need a story-line to link the songs together. No dialogue, just great singing and dancing and musicianship.

Also "You're gonna need an ocean ... of Calomine lotion." These oldies but ... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if You love the songs of Leiber and Stoller. Great cast who go full out to entertain the audience.

Don't see it if You want a plot, this is a revue. But such a good revue, just a great fun night.

Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Top notch singing & dancing, great energy, great set; as long as you know this is just a concert of songs with no story, it was enjoyable.

Don't see it if While there were definitely hit songs, about half felt like lesser-quality filler. While enjoyable, it was nothing more than that.

Disappointing, Insipid, Banal, Ambitious

See it if and only if you never saw the original production on Broadway.

Don't see it if you believe in the old adage, IF IT AIN’T BROKEN, DON’T FIX IT!

Also From 1995 to 2000, the musical known as Smokey Joe’s Café ran on Broad... Read more Read less

Top-notch revival / must-see, Stunning 2-tiered set / great lighting, Excellent band hidden in alcove (moves in & out), Crisp energetic choreography, Superb non-stop singing!

See it if you enjoy revues (zero story) or jukebox musicals. Beautiful show w/extremely talented cast. 90min of non-stop toe-tapping & hand-clapping.

Don't see it if you need a story w/an arc. High-energy, nostalgic yet refreshing, cool fun, humorous, romantic, heart-breaking. Barely catches its breath.

Also Saw original cast in '95, & Gladys Knight in '99.... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Must see, Refreshing, Great singing, Funny

See it if You want an exciting fun evening with fabulous songs and a cast and musicians that melt all your woes away. Addictive. I wanna go back

Don't see it if If you like book musical or plays.

July 22nd, 2018
"A show that badly wants to be liked, but in its eagerness it comes across as relentless and overly polished...It only occasionally slows down enough to breathe...Bergasse has quite an array of talent and professionalism at his disposal...The production errs on the side of caution, and that is an...
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July 22nd, 2018
"As a showcase for Leiber and Stoller's breathtaking range, 'Smokey Joe's Cafe' is aces. If only the production had as much stylistic variety. The ensemble cast's vocal and dance skills are impressive, and the eight-member band sounds hot; but although the musical is entertaining, it is rarely em...
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July 22nd, 2018
"Infectiously fun...Perfect lighthearted summer entertainment...The production's propulsive, nonstop energy barely leaves room for the audience, let alone the ensemble, to catch their breath...There's no narration or particular structure, just one terrific number after another, but the diversity ...
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July 25th, 2018
“No plot, characters or dialogue — just songs...The production represents ‘Smokey Joe’s’ at its best, with nine talented performers and a swinging band leading the audience through a pleasant retrospective of baby boomer hits...While one may appreciate its classic songs and feel-good spirit, a se...
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