Flat Rock Playhouse Presents ‘Smokey Joe’s Cafe’

They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway –they say there’s always magic in the air… And soon, there will surely be some of that Broadway magic gracing the Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage, “mountain-style,” with the return of the State Theatre’s 2007 hit, Smokey Joe’s Cafe.

Performing the Music of the great Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, the band will be jumpin’ and the joint will begin to swing until everyone in the historic barn theatre is singin’ and dancin’ to the Jailhouse Rock. As the first large-scale musical production of the 2017 Mainstage Series, Smokey Joe’s Cafe will run on the Mainstage in the Village of Flat Rock from April 21 through May 13, featuring a cast of nine spectacular performers and a rockin’ band of six musicians who will bring down the house with this musical masterpiece.

Smokey Joe’s Cafe is the longest running Musical Revue ever to be performed in Broadway History, running for 2,036 performances on the Great White Way in 1995. Performed in a revue-style format with 39 songs presented by various combinations of cast members and no connecting dialogue, this musical spectacular moves through a range of Leiber & Stoller classics including: “Stand by Me,” “Hound Dog,” “I (Who Have Nothing),” “Stay a While,” “Loving You,” “Fools Fall in Love,” “I’m a Woman,” “Poison Ivy,” “Love Potion #9,” “There Goes My Baby,” “Dance With Me,” “Yakety Yak,” and “Jailhouse Rock.”

Stocked full with Playhouse favorites, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, directed by Amy Jones and choreographed by Christopher Kirby, will feature more than a few familiar faces.  Flat Rock & Hendersonville star, Dustin Brayley (Michael), who recently completed his run of The Music of the Beatles, will return alongside wife Meredith Brayley-Patterson (DeeLee) to steal the spotlight on the Mainstage for a change.

Performances Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., matinees Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are available for ­$15 – $50 and can be purchased by calling the Playhouse box office at 828-693-0731, toll-free at 866-737-8008 or online at www.flatrockplayhouse.org.

Flat Rock Playhouse is located at 2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC 28731.



About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for seven years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.