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

Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber & Stoller NYC Reviews and Tickets

(390 Ratings)
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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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (390)

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139 Reviews | 42 Followers
Delightful, Great singing, Must see, Great staging, Perfection

See it if You want to see talented singers create nonstop entertainment in a show filled with magical moments. My favorite off -Broadway production!!

Don't see it if You want a play- each song tells its own story through song and dance. If you don't want a fun time that literally has people dancing out of Read more

141 Reviews | 28 Followers
Great singing, Great staging, Delightful, Entertaining, Riveting

See it if Love rock and roll... singing to great music... amazing dance numbers... just having a good time.

Don't see it if you are looking for a musical theater show. This is a musical revue.

127 Reviews | 15 Followers

See it if you like jukebox musicals that are all about the music--and nothing else.

Don't see it if you're not particularly fond of musicals that don't have a storyline--or you're not a fan of the Lieber/Stoller songbook in the first place. Read more

61 Reviews | 20 Followers
Non-stop entertainment with a wonderfully talented cast

See it if You love musical reviews and want great talent singing familiar songs.

Don't see it if you need a plot for a musical. But really just go see it Read more

435 Reviews | 60 Followers
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.

60 Reviews | 3 Followers
Clever, Funny, Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if If you enjoy great singing and dancing. It was a blast to the past with all those great hits from the 70s.

Don't see it if If you are not into song and dance shows

230 Reviews | 46 Followers
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Fluffy, Feel-good

See it if you would like to hear great songs from the 60s performed well

Don't see it if you need a storyline to enjoy. There's none here

470 Reviews | 113 Followers
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.

Critic Reviews (32)

The New York Times
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 error, indeed...There are moments in the production when fresh energy breaks through, though, and they often occur when the show pulls back and goes for simplicity."
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Time Out New York
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 emotionally engaging...As a clap-along experience for theatergoers of a certain age, 'Smokey Joe's Cafe' serves the right stuff. But those looking for heartier fare may leave feeling hungry."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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 of the musical styles keeps the proceedings from feeling repetitive...There are a few missteps. The musical staging can occasionally get a bit hokey, but that's more the exception than the rule."
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AM New York
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 sense of monotony kicks in before too long. Recognizing this, Bergasse has removed the intermission and emphasizes hyperkinetic movement and audience interaction.”
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July 22nd, 2018

"A remarkably enjoyable affair thanks to a powerhouse cast and reimagined staging...It also helps that these are some of the greatest songs from the American pop repertoire, still capable of stoking teenage dreams and salving emotional wounds...It's a simple concept that works extraordinarily well...The jukebox musical is here to stay, but 'Smokey Joe's Cafe' reminds us that there is a way to do it that minimizes cringes and maximizes smiles: by going back to the basics of the revue format."
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July 23rd, 2018

"Despite the powerhouse voices, savvy performance skills and slick dance moves the audience is treated to throughout the 90-minute production, the feel is that we're watching a group of friends letting off steam after another hard work week...Whether these songs are a fond part of your memories, or if each new tune is a fresh discovery, this wonderfully realized production of 'Smokey Joe's Cafe' will send you out to 42nd Street humming a full medley of them. What a fun, fun night out."
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Lighting & Sound America
July 26th, 2018

"The liveliest parts of this songbook revue are structured around the quartet consisting of Dwayne Cooper, John Edwards, Kyle Taylor Parker, and Jelani Remy...A high-volume, high-pressure entertainment -- barreling through forty songs in ninety minutes, often failing to stop for even a bit of applause -- riding a wave of energy so insistent that it can leave one enervated...In any case, summer is upon us and there may be an audience for this sort of shiny, empty bauble.
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New York Stage Review
July 22nd, 2018

"A slick entertainment packaged from nearly 40 of the team’s compositions...It is essentially the same jukebox show as its earlier incarnation...A feast of nostalgic ear-candy that is expertly dished out by a talented nine-member company...Trimming back the proceedings to a swift, intermission-free 90 minutes, they have reworked the winning song stack somewhat, but not appreciably so...The show unquestionably offers an entertaining romp through old-school rock ‘n’ roll."
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