11:58 AM CST, February 14, 2013
The hit Theo Ubique production of "Smokey Joe's Cafe," the revue of the songs of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, is to have a commercial transfer to the Royal George Theatre's cabaret space. The show, directed and choreographed by Brenda Didier, will open on March 16.
This will be the first of the intimate and highly accomplished Theo Ubique stagings (which are non-Equity shows) to find commercial legs. In this case, the producers are the veterans Gitta K. Jacobs and Jim Jensen, whose company here is known as SJCChicago LLC.
Interestingly, this hit Broadway show is returning to the theater that gave it birth. Although it had a different title in 1994 ("Baby That's Rock n Roll, the Songs of Leiber and Stoller"), this show first was seen at the Royal George, the rental venue at 1641 N. Halsted St. Recently, the cabaret space (which has a bar inside the theater) housed "Doyle & Debbie," a country-music spoof.
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