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by Christopher Clemente

"That play between characters is what makes Smokey Joe’s Café truly intimate and special. Whether it’s the slapstick comedy played between Jason Veasey and Christopher Brasfield, or a scene stolen from the romance between Justin Scott Brown and Gizel Jimenez, the constant between each song rests in the matching of characters to performers. With each song, relationships are established from the show’s beginning to end. This chemistry creates great unity and makes each tear, laugh, and heartbreak even more earnest and sincere."


By Downtown Albany Business Improvement District

"Watching the nine-member cast sing and dance is akin to watching da Vinci's each and every stroke of the brush. Their voices and movement inspire even those of us only brazen enough to sing in the shower or alone in the car because, well, they make it seem so easy."

by Will Gallagher

The stage was on fire and the roof torn down at Capital Rep last night. No fire extinguisher or hardhats were needed. The building is safe, but be warned you will not leave as you entered.Smokey Joe’s Café is playing as the summer show and its nine actors burn up that stage with their hot moves and bring down the house with their incredible voices.


Please be advised that the intersection of Sheridan Avenue and Chapel Street will be closed for several hours, including the rush hour commute, while traffic investigators investigate a car accident that occurred earlier this afternoon. Please allow for extra travel time to the theatre to accommodate for increased traffic and detours.

by Rich DiMaggio

If the doctor ordered a great Summertime musical, have we got the cure for you. It's called Smokey Joe's Cafe and it is a foot stomping, hand-clapping, head swaying good time. Plain and simple, this play is great, brought to you by an extremely talented cast of singers, dancers and tappers, who have as much fun lighting the stage up, as you have watching them.


Smokey Joe’s Café - a musical revue featuring primarily the songs of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. It has the distinction of being longest running revue on Broadway.

Better than that, though, it has just a ton of incredibly fun and iconic songs.


WAMC’s Alan Chartock In Conversation with Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, Producing Artistic Director for Capital Repertory Theatre.
(about a minute of music precedes the chat) 


Troy Record
Bob Goepfert, July 19

“I’ve been blessed with a brilliant cast”

“I see every song as a story,” he said. “In fact, it’s brilliant storytelling. If you look at each story, it results in each of the nine characters making a journey that has its own arc.”


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Weekend Lane and Ramp Closures on Patroon Island Bridge, Motorists Should Expect Delays

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) today advised motorists that lanes will be closed this weekend on the Patroon Island Bridge carrying Interstate 90 over the Hudson River between Rensselaer and Albany counties and motorists should avoid the area or expect lengthy traffic delays.

The lane closures will begin at 8 p.m. Friday, July 11 and continue through 5:30 a.m. on Monday, July 14.  During this time the eastbound side of the Patroon Island Bridge will be completely closed to traffic. The westbound side of the bridge will accommodate all traffic, with one lane open for eastbound traffic and two lanes open for westbound traffic.  Ramps from southbound and northbound Interstate 787 to eastbound I-90 and the I-90 Exit 7 off ramp will be closed as well. Ramp closures will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday.

Motorists are encouraged to use the Dunn Memorial Bridge carrying Routes 9/20 just south of the Patroon Island Bridge, the Troy-Menands Bridge carrying Route 378 to the north of the bridge or the Berkshire Spur of the Thruway.

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