“Smokey Joe’s Cafe” is a Roof-Raising Revival!

“Director-choreographer Joshua Bergasse (On the Town) stages the hell out the show, which features more than three dozen songs from the 1950s and ’60s, many of them instantly familiar, cherished hits. The production’s propulsive, nonstop energy barely leaves room for the audience, let alone the ensemble, to catch their breath. Like the original, this revival features just nine performers, all of whom work their tailbones off. It’s not easy, after all, to sing after performing backwards somersaults, as Jelani Remy does in a hip-swiveling rendition of ‘Jailhouse Rock’ that makes Elvis Presley seem like a stiff.”

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