Tuesday, August 9, 2016

It’s all about the music in ‘Smokey Joe’s Cafe’ at the Alhambra

There are so many people behind the scenes of a production like “Smokey Joe’s Café”, and we will try to give some of them a few kudos that they deserve for an enjoyable evening, along with thanks to the actors and the live musical participants.  If you like musicals, then you need to grab your tickets today.  Instead of dinner and a movie, this is a great place for dinner/lunch and a fantastic show.

There is so much harmony, dancing and a little improv acting throughout the forty songs performed by the nine actors/singers, that will have you thoroughly entertained.  Some of them have graced the Alhambra stage in past performances (Peter Jackson, Alex Jorth*, Zoë Kassay*, Katie Nettle* and Sarah Sanders), while others (David Berry*, J. None*, Dayna Richardson and Michael Wordly*), are new to the Alhambra venue.  This cast merges so well together that you’re sure to remember them when they return for other shows.

At first the patrons didn’t realize that the music they were hearing was coming from the “Double Trouble Show Band”, yet Ricky Pope, Jimmy Slade, Joel Hursey, Gary Hicks, John Cochran and Scott Johnson became visible during the second act.  If you thought that you’ve heard them before; and you attended, “Friends, Dolly & Kenny,” “A Tribute to Elvis,” “Atlantic City Boys,” or “Honkey Tonk Angels” at the Alhambra; then you have experienced the best in musical entertainment.

Michael Lomeka is the choreographer for “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” and he has done an excellent job in teaching the cast to ‘kick up their heels’ in most songs, and even do a ‘church shout’ during the song “Saved”.  As always, Cathy Murphy Giddens has many Alhambra hits credited to her lists of achievements as Musical Director.  She is the lady that assures that the vocals meld together to bring the best sound to the stage.  Tod Booth is the creative genius who brings it altogether as Producer/Director.

It’s so amazing how 408 patrons can be fed at one time by a superbly ran staff that is under the culinary expertise of Executive Chef DeJuan Roy.  The meal is always at the right temperature and hardly ever needs any additional condiments.  The theme of each show usually inspires the menu.  You will always be full and satisfied.  (Pictured: Jerk Chicken, Polenta Cake & Hummingbird Cake).

Side Note: The Alhambra is conducting auditions for the upcoming show - “Annie Get Your Gun”.  See their website for more information.  *denotes Actors Equity Association members*

Smoky Joe’s Café
DATES: August 3 – September 4, 2016
SHOW TIMES: (See link above)
DRESS: Could be “Business Casual” or “Sunday Best”.
TICKETS: Regular tickets priced from $35 – $62.  Ticket prices include: a plated dinner served to your table, an incredible show and prime parking.  Group sales of 20 + are available upon request.  Price does not include gratuity or orders from the bar.

LOCATION: Alhambra Theater & Dining
       12000 Beach Blvd.
       Jacksonville, Florida 32246
        (904) 641-1212

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