Smokey Joe’s Café at Historic Franklin Theatre


Melinda Doolittle leads a standout cast in Smokey Joe’s Café, a Studio Tenn Theatre Company production at the Franklin Theatre. Opening September 20th and running through October 7th this powerhouse of vocalists will present a Grammy Award-winning rock-n-roll revue.


Smokey Joe’s Café features songs of Leiber and Strollers catalog of classics from the 50’s and 60’s. Songs made famous by Elvis Presley, Peggy Lee, Tom Jones and Bobby Darin. Starring with Doolittle is the husband and wife duo known as Johnnyswim, Abner and Amanda Ramirez. Amanda is the daughter of Donna Summer. Local performers fill the cast such as Libby Hodges, Ryan Greenawalt and Laura Matula. (whom Studio Tenn fans will recognize for her unforgettable performance as the flamboyant Miss Adelaide in last year’s debut musical “Guys and Dolls”)


“Our concept and take on the show is to strip away a lot of the Broadway and Vegas feel of it and focus more on the unbelievable Leiber & Stoller music catalog,” said Jake Speck, Managing Director of Studio Tenn and a veteran Broadway performer. “For inspiration, we went back to the original recordings of all these great songs. We are taking the show back to its roots. I know this may sound blasphemous, but vocally, this cast blows the original Broadway cast out of the water. These are eight of the best singers I’ve ever heard–period. We are just beside ourselves to have landed such an extraordinary concentration of vocal talent for this show.”

Tickets for this show are available at the Franklin Theatre box office or online at

Don’t miss this “non-stop avalanche,” of 39 rock and roll and R&B standards.


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