Smokey Joe's Cafe moves to the Royal George

Feb 14, 2013
Smokey Joe's Cafe

SJCChicago LLC is proud to present the return of Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre production of Smokey Joe's Cafe - The Songs of Leiber and Stoller at the Royal George Cabaret Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted Ave.  The hit production received rave reviews from Chicago critics when it ran at Chicago's No Exit Cafe last fall.  The transfer of Smokey Joe's Cafe - The Songs of Leiber and Stoller features the same award-winning cast directed, once again, by Brenda Didier. This production's musical direction is by Jeremy Ramey and Steve Hiltebrand serves as the associate director and associate producer.  Smokey Joe's Cafe  runs Thursday, March 7 - Sunday, May 26. The performance schedule is Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 5 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 and 6 p.m. Wednesday matinees will be at 2 p.m. on selected dates, to be announced.  Previews begin Thursday, March 7 with opening/press night is Saturday, March 16 at 8 p.m. Ticket prices range from $25 - $46.50 and may be purchased in person at the Royal George Box Office (Tuesdays - Saturdays 12 p.m. - curtain), online at or by phone at 312.988.9000.  For groups of 10 or more all Group Theater Tix at 312.423.6612.  For more information on SJCChicago's presentation of Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre's Smokey Joe's Cafe - The Songs of Leiber and Stoller visit

Smokey Joe's Cafe, originally presented, in it's pre-Broadway engagement as Baby That's Rock n Roll, the Songs of Leiber and Stoller at The Royal George Theatre in 1994, returns to its roots at The Royal George with the 2012 critically acclaimed Theo Ubique Cabaret production.  The original Broadway presentation had a successful five-year run with 2,036 performances at the Virginia Theatre.  Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, as much as anyone, virtually invented rock 'n' roll, and now their songs provide the basis for an electrifying entertainment that illuminates a golden age of American culture. Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre's Smokey Joe's Cafe - The Songs of Leiber and Stoller's features nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded, covering the classic themes of love won, lost and imagined blend with hilarious set-pieces and slice-of-life emotions, such as "Hound Dog," "Love Potion #9," "Yakety Yak," "Charlie Brown," and "Jailhouse Rock," and with a cast of nine plus a four piece band, the return of this hit production is sure to bring sold out crowds to their feet once again.

Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre's Artistic Director Fred Anzevino says, "We are thrilled that SJCChicago is presenting our show at the Royal George. Theo Ubique's Smokey Joe's great reviews and strong word of mouth, had a long waiting list of people wanting to see this sold out production. We know those audiences, as well as new ones, will return to witness the talents of this fantastic cast and the unforgettable classic songs now playing at The Royal George."