Smokey Joe's CafeMusic & Lyrics by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
A celebration of the music of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.
This musical revue brings together all the hits that helped change the face of the American music scene. Featuring songs "Kansas City," "On Broadway," "Jailhouse Rock," "Stand by me," along with stellar dance numbers and hilarious routines.
Full of verve, upbeat
Allyson Kaye Daniel
Lianne Marie Dobbs*
Arthur W. Marks*
BRITTANY AVEY is a graduate of Shenandoah Conservatory with a BFA in musical theatre and a piano minor. She is thrilled to make her FST debut! Favorite credits include: Mistress in Evita, Celeste #1 in Sunday in The Park With George, Diana Morales in A Chorus Line, Evelyn Nesbit in Ragtime, and Hope Harcourt in Anything Goes.
KAREN BURTHWRIGHT is excited to spend this winter making her debut at FST. Broadway: Jesus Christ Superstar; Regional: Jesus Christ Superstar (Stratford Shakespearean Festival/La Jolla Playhouse); Alice in Computerland (Northbrook Theatre for Young Audiences); Aida, Hot Mikado and Ragtime (Drury Lane Oakbrook Theatre);Canada/US 1st National Tours: Dirty Dancing (‘Featured Vocalist’-Toronto/1st Nat.): Mamma Mia! (‘Lisa’-Toronto/1st Nat.); and Hairspray (Toronto/1st Nat.); The Rocky Horror Show (Canadian Stage/Manitoba Theatre Centre); Hair (‘Sheila’-Canadian Stage); Dreamgirls (Stage West Calgary); California Dreaming (‘Featured Vocalist’-Stage West Mississauga).
Film/TV: The new Superman Man Of Steel (2013), Journey to Freedom, Blues Brothers 2000, Mr. Dressup, Street Legal, Vid Kids. Training: Claude Watson School for the Arts, EHSS Claude Watson Program. Personal Website: karenburthwright.com.
ALLYSON KAYE DANIEL is very pleased to join the FST family with this wonderful cast. Originally from Washington, DC, she received her degree from Penn State and has since toured the world by both land and sea. Some of her favorite roles include: Church Lady Darlene in The Color Purple, Penelope Pennywise in Urinetown, Rona Rivers on Disney Cruise Line, Rev. Hightower/Mrs. Taylor in Bat Boy and Carmen in Sweet Charity.
LIANNE MARIE DOBBS Off-Broadway: Hildy in the sold-out revival of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. National Tour: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Favorites: Emma in Jane Austen’s Emma (Cincinnati Playhouse/ Repertory of St. Louis), Lucy in Jekyll & Hyde (Westchester Broadway), and How To Succeed in Business... at Goodspeed Musicals (performed as both Miss Jones and Rosemary). Regional credits include: Alley Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, Virginia Stage Company, and Theatre-Works. Ms. Dobbs has also soloed with the San Francisco Symphony, sung at cabaret venues such as the Metropolitan Room and Birdland in NYC, and is featured on the cast album of Kurt Weil’s Happy End. www.liannemariedobbs.com
JAMES HARKNESS is pleased to be performing at FST. Broadway credits include: AIDA, The Color Purple, Guys and Dolls, Chicago. Also a choreographer including: RCA recording artist Kristine W., recording artist Brian Kent, Work That Skirt- Reno Hilton, regional productions of The Wiz (The Arkansas Rep, Music Theater of Louisville); assistant choreographer on Memphis (Broadway), Leap of Faith (Broadway), Golden Boy (Encores); just directed his first play entitled HANDS (1st Annual Red Shirt Rooftop Reading Series).
ARTHUR W. MARKS made his professional debut in 1992 with the Kansas City Symphony. Marks has since performed as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony, Des Moines Symphony, Wichita Symphony, Vivaldi Traveling Virtuoso, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Marks has performed on stages/classical venues in Rome, London, Berlin, Leipzig, Paris and Vienna. Broadway/Off-Broadway/ National Tour: SIDD (New World Stages), The Screams of Kitty Genovese (Theatre at St. Clements), Wilde at Heart (Emerging Theatre), Backstage at the Funky B (Producer’s Club), 30th Anniversary Tour of Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Civil War Voices (June Havoc Theatre) directed by Dennis Courtney. Marks was also the opening act for the Late Great Ray Charles Orpheum Concert Tour. Marks is proud to be the voice of “Ugly” Duckling (HONK!) on the 1st American Cast Recording. Proud Member of AEA!
THOMAS RAINEY has been a part of the theatre community for over 12 years on land and sea across the United States and Canada. Credits include: Whistle Down the Wind 1st National Tour as Frank, Valentin in Kiss of the Spiderwoman at Lake Dillon Theatre, Chad in All Shook Up at Little Theatre, Michael in Smokey Joe’s Café at Virginia Musical Theatre, The Man in Time Between Us at New York Musical Theatre Festival, and Broadway Backwards at Lincoln Center. Featured: 666 Park Ave. and Rescue Me. BFA in Musical Theatre from University of the Arts.
DEVIN ROBERTS Philadelphia native Devin L. Roberts has danced professionally with The Philadephia Dance Company (Philadaco), as well as Camille A. Brown and Dancers. Theatre: Lion King Las Vegas, Soul Doctor ( NY Theater Workshop) Hairspray (Walnut Street Theatre). Television: SMASH, Tony Awards 2012.
JASON VEASEY is very excited to be here at Florida Studio Theatre. Credits include The National Touring and Broadway companies of the Lion King, Five Guys Named Moe, Beauty and the Beast, the world premieres of the Spider Musical and Perez Hilton Saves the Universe. He also appeared opposite Denzel Washington in American Gangster. University of Northern Colorado. Proud AEA.
Director & Choreographer | Kevyn Morrow
Music Director | Corinne Aquilina
Scenic Designer | April Soroko
Sound Designer | Ryan Kilcourse
Lighting Designer | Jeffrey Cady
Costume Designer | Lynda Salsbury
Production Stage Manager | Kelli Karen*
*Denotes member Actors’ Equity Association. The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.