BWW REVIEW: “SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE” Is Hot, Hot, Hot in Ogunquit’s Off-Broadway Preview Directed & Choreographed by Joshua Bergasse

“An unequivocal hit is currently heating up the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine in preparation for its transfer Off-Broadway to Stage 42 in NYC July 6. Featuring a veritable goldmine of 40, count ’em, 40 rock ‘n’ roll, blues, and R&B classics, SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ: The Songs of Lieber and Stoller is a stunning revival of the landmark musical revue that makes all other juke box musicals pale by comparison.”

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Theater Review: “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” Offers Nonstop Nostalgia

“This latest incarnation of the long-running show, which includes over 30 of their songs from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, is scheduled for an off-Broadway run soon after it departs Ogunquit.
Without book or narration, Smokey Joe’s Café relies on a nonstop succession of music and dance numbers. The 90-minute show, directed and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse, makes for a high-energy trip down memory lane.”

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Joshua Bergasse will Choreograph for City Center’s “Balanchine: The City Center Years”


“Among the grandest events is “Balanchine: The City Center Years” (Oct. 31 through Nov. 4), a look at the early days of New York City Ballet, which, as Ballet Society, presented its first season at City Center in 1948, where it was housed until the mid-60s.

Other musicals — in City Center’s beloved Encores! series — include Rodgers and Hart’s 1938 comedy “I Married an Angel” (March 20-24), which featured choreography by Balanchine for his then-wife, Vera Zorina, in the title role. This staging will star the City Ballet principal Sara Mearns, with choreography by Joshua Bergasse, her husband-to-be.”

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Will Swenson, Laura Michelle Kelly, Chip Zien, More Set for Barrington’s The Royal Family Choreographed by Joshua Bergasse

“A host of Broadway favorites will populate Barrington Stage Company’s world premiere of The Royal Family of Broadway, a new musical comedy based on George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber’s The Royal Family.
The new musical comes from the Tony-winning creators of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: composer William Finn (Falsettos) and book writer Rachel Sheinkin. The musical will begin previews June 7 prior to an official opening June 13 on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage. Directed by Tony winner John Rando and choreographed by Tony nominee Joshua Bergasse, performances will continue through July 7.”

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Kyle Taylor Parker, Alysha Umphress, and More Lead Cast of “SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE” Directed & Choreographed by Joshua Bergasse!

“The New York-bound production of Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber & Stoller today announced the vibrant young cast who are set to reinvent the record breaking show at Stage 42 (422 West 42nd Street) this summer. This powerhouse nine-member ensemble led by director/choreographer Joshua Bergasse will bring new life to more than 30 classic songs

Smokey Joe’s Cafe will feature Dwayne Cooper (Motown, Hairspray), Emma Degerstedt (Desperate Measures Off-Broadway), John Edwards (Jersey Boys), Dionne D. Figgins (Hot Feet, Memphis), Nicole Vanessa Ortiz (Spamilton Off-Broadway), Kyle Taylor Parker (Kinky Boots, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Jelani Remy (Disney’s The Lion King), Max Sangerman (Blue Man Group Off-Broadway), and Alysha Umphress (On The Town, American Idiot).”

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Harriet Harris, Will Swenson, Kathy Fitzgerald & More Eyeing New Musical “The Royal Family of Broadway” Choreographed by Joshua Bergasse

“Adapted from George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber’s play The Royal Family, the 1920s-set The Royal Family of Broadway is loosely based on the legendary Barrymore family, centered on three generations of actors: an aging imperious grande dame, a Broadway star looking for love and a promising ingénue—each having to make pivotal choices in their lives. Directing the musical will be Tony winner John Rando with choreography by Tony nominee Joshua Bergasse.

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John Lithgow Set for Carnegie Hall “Candide” Benefit Concert Choreographed by Joshua Bergasse

Carnegie Hall has announced that its one-night-only benefit concert performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide on April 18 in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage will star Paul Appleby in the title role of Candide alongside Erin Morley as Cunegonde, Patricia Racette as the Old Lady, William Burden as Governor, and John Lithgow as Voltaire/Dr. Pangloss. The musical is presented with full orchestra, cast, and ensemble, and is a gala benefit providing support for the artistic and music education programs of Carnegie Hall.

Gary Griffin (Honeymoon in Vegas) directs the concert production with Rob Fisher as musical director, conducting Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Mansfield University Concert Choir, and choreographer Joshua Bergasse (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).”

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Joshua Bergasse Will Choreograph “The Royal Family of Broadway” at Barrington Stage Company

The Royal Family of Broadway, a new musical by 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee creators William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin, will run June 7-July 7 on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, with opening night set for June 13. The musical is based on the play by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber, and an original adaptation by Richard Greenberg. John Rando will direct, with choreography by Joshua Bergasse.

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