Playhouse on the Square presents SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE, with music and lyrics by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, from April 29 through May 29, 2022.

The Broadway sensation celebrating the songs of Leiber and Stoller returns to the birthplace of rock and roll! With smash hits like Spanish Harlem, Yakety-Yak, Love Potion #9 and Jailhouse Rock. Smokey Joe’s Café is sure to have the public dancing in the aisles.

After being one of many productions delayed due to COVID-19, director and Playhouse on the Square Resident Company member Daniel Stuart Nelson (Little Shop of Horrors, Songs for a New World) has amassed a cast exciting and talented cast of Memphis theater favorites as well as artists debuting at Playhouse on the Square!

Resident Society members Nathan McHenry (Cabaret, Million Dollar Quartet), Brooke Papritz (Little Shop of Horrors, Days of Rage) and Breyannah Tillman (Junie B. Jones the Musical, Dreamgirls) return to the Playhouse on the Square Stage. Also joining the cast are Memphis theater favorites Kylan Owens (Schoolhouse Rock, Live!, Junie B. Jones the Musical) and former Playhouse on the Square Associate Company member Haley Wilson (Songs for a New World, Kinky Boots).

Circuit Playhouse, Inc. is thrilled to welcome Marc Gill (Sister Act, Pageant) to Memphis, TN and announce Marc as the newest member of the Playhouse on the Square Resident Company. Gill is a graduate of Depaul University (Chicago). For the past five years, Marc has resided in Minneapolis, MN working for GTC Dramatics, Sidekick Theater and The Children’s Theater Company. The CPI family is happy to welcome Marc to the company. The multi-talented performer will be featured in numerous projects during the 2022-2023 season as well as within the theater education department at Playhouse on the Square.

Actors Justtone Jackson, Curtis Jai, Ily Jeanniton and Cleavon Meabon make their stage debut at Playhouse on the Square.

Tickets are available now at or by calling the box office at (901) 726-4656.

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