SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE
Music & Lyrics by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Smokin’ Rock n’ Roll From The 50’s and 60’s !
One of Broadway’s longest-running hits, Smokey Joe’s Café is the rockin’ revue that will have your hands clappin’ and your toes tappin’ listening to the classics “Jailhouse Rock, ”Stand By Me,” “Yakety Yak,”“Hound Dog,” “On Broadway,” “Spanish Harlem” and many, many more. A celebration of legendary songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Smokey Joe’s Café is a fun-filled night of Rock n’ Roll that will have you singing and dancing all the way home.
Linda and Mel Teetz
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*Members of the Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
Schyler Conaway* (Michael) is thrilled to be returning to Riverside after having been seen as Sky in last season's production of Mamma Mia! Other favorite credits include: Joseph...Dreamcoat (Joseph) at Sierra Rep, It Shoulda Been You (Greg) and Les Miserables (Marius) at Weathervane Rep, Happy Days (Ralph) at Westchester Broadway, and Spring Awakening (Melchior) at both Maine State Music Theatre and the Media Theatre. In addition to his career as an actor, Schyler has spent the last 4 years touring with the USO Show Troupe, being seen on various stages across the country, including “The Today Show” and “Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve With Ryan Seacrest” in Times Square! Endless love to my family for their unyielding support. For Ira."
Ian Coulter-Buford* (Ken) is a native of southern Illinois and based in New York City. Ian is an award-winning performer and top 40 international recording artist. Fresh off starring in the international tour of Broadway’s After Midnight directed/choreographed by Warren Carlyle. Favorite credits: OFF BROADWAY/NYC: Fat Kid Rules The World and Rocket Boys (Wash O’Dell) in association with Universal Pictures. REGIONAL: Disney’s Aladdin (The MUNY), The Wiz (Maltz Jupiter & The Black Rep St. Louis), and Jacob in La Cage Aux Folles (Lake Dillon Theatre). Proud alum of Illinois Wesleyan University. Thank God and The Mine Agency, this one’s for LaRece. Let’s connect on Instagram, @iancoulterbuford
Alison Cusano* (Pattie) is thrilled to be making her Riverside debut. Broadway: A Night With Janis Joplin (Janis u/s, swing) Regional: One Night With Janis Joplin (Janis Alternate) Arena Stage, Cleveland Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse and Milwaukee Rep. Spun (Molly) Bloomington Playwrights Project. Home (Kat) Adirondack Theatre Festival. Factory Girls: Goodspeed Musicals, The Full Monty, Hello Dolly: Ogunquit Playhouse, Hair (Sheila) Cohoes Music Hall. Other theatre credits: Tommy (Mrs. Walker) Rocky Horror Show (Magenta) BFA Music Theatre from The Hartt School. Love to friends, fam, and Anthony. @alisoncusano
André Jordan* (Victor) is a proud New Jersey native, and very excited to finally be working at the legendary Riverside Theatre. National tours include: Shrek The Musical (Donkey), Legally Blonde (Carlos), Joseph... Dreamcoat (Zebulun), Legally Blonde (Carlos), Mad LIVE! UK (Swing). Regional credits: Mamma Mia! (ACT of CT), Shrek, Newsies, and Mamma Mia! (Tuacahn Center for the Arts), Joseph...Dreamcoat (Ogunquit Playhouse), and Ain’t Misbehavin (The Phoenix Theatre). Oh yeah, and check out André in the hit web series “The Queens Project” now on YouTube! Instagram: Manchair5.
Gabriel Mudd* (Adrian) is glad to take a trip back to the neighborhood at the Riverside Theater. He was last seen in Jesus Christ Superstar at the Lyric Opera in Chicago. Other Credits include: The Inheritance (Chicago), Care (West End, Chicago). Tours: Wedding Singer (1st National: Mr T); A Chorus Line (Richie). Regional: Spamilton Chicago (Leslie Odom), Jesus Christ Superstar (stunt captain, U/S Judas), Smokey Joe's Cafe (Adrian), Ragtime (Matthew Henson), A Chorus Line (Al), Once on This Island (Papa Ge), Elf the Musical, High School Musical, Smokey Joe's Cafe (Victor). Love to Geoff, G-d, and his family. AEA. Light:Life:Love
Summerisa Bell Stevens* (DeLee) was last seen at Riverside Theatre as Velma in West Side Story. Regional credits include: Swing, u/s Tara, and u/s Alison Prager in Half Time (Paper Mill), Doralee in 9 TO 5 (Stages St. Louis, 2018 BWW Award Best Actress), Velma and “Somewhere” Soloist in West Side Story (Paper Mill), Sophie in Mamma Mia (Stages St. Louis), DeLee in Smokey Joe’s Café (Merry Go Round), and Amber in Hairspray (Tuacahn). Summerisa holds a BFA from BYU in Musical Theatre and a Minor in Ballroom Dance. Thanks to God, MSA.
Jayne Trinette* (B.J.) is honored to make her debut at Riverside Theatre in Smokey Joe's Cafe. Credits: Nat'l B'way Tour: The Lion King (Shenzi/Rafiki US). Off B'way: Sistas The Musical Regional: Dreamgirls (Effie), Hairspray (Motormouth), Ain't Misbehavin' (Nell) and Once On This Island (Asaka). IG: @jaynesings www.jaynetrinette.com Thanks to my mommy, hubby, friends, family and GBM.
Khalifa White* (Brenda) will be making her Riverside theatre Debut in Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Former credits include Beehive (MGR, Fingerlakes), Ain’t Misbehavin (Charlaine, Totempole Playhouse), Hairspray (Dynamite, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Garden Theatre), Rockin Down Fairytale Lane (WBTT), AIDA(Aida, Slowburn Theatre Co.), Dreamgirls (Deena/ens, Miramar Cultural Center, Mad Cow Theatre), The Wiz (Alhambra Theatre and Dining), Festival of the Lion King (Nala/Kibibi), Mickey and the Wondrous Book (Tiana). Khalifa is a UCF Alum who would like to thank God, family, friends and the support of GBM! IG: @Lifaland www.khalifawhite.com
Jamari Johnson Williams* (Frederick) is more than blessed to be returning home and making his Riverside debut! Last seen on the Motown National tour. Favorite credits include: Memphis (National tour), Smokey Joe’s (Palace theatre), South Pacific (VA Rep) and Saturday Night Fever (Arizona Broadway). So much love to his family, friends, and YOU for supporting art. @Jamaridabeast.
Director, Choreographer: DJ Salisbury
Music Director: Anne Shuttlesworth
Assistant Choreographer: Summerisa Bell Stevens*
Scenic Designer: James Dardene
Costume & Wig Designer: Kurt Alger
Lighting Designer: Yael Lubetzky
Sound Designer: Craig Beyrooti
Casting: Wojcik | Seay Casting
Stage Manager: Mark Johnson*
Assistant Stage Manager: Kyle Atkins*