Duluth Playhouse auditions for 'Smokey Joe's Cafe' at the NorShor Theatre

The Duluth Playhouse in Duluth, Minn. is hosting auditions for its first show of their 2019-2020 season: Smokey Joe's Cafe!

  • AUDITIONS: Saturday, May 11 from 10am-2pm
  • CALLBACKS: Saturday, May 11 between 3-6pm

SEEKING: Seeking a diverse cast of singers and dancers (18+). Performers of all races, genders, and ethnicities are encouraged to audition. All actors will receive some pay. Union and non-union welcome.

DIRECTOR: Michael Ferrell

This refreshing, sizzling-hot production of a show, will bring sensational rock and roll songs to a new generation. The Grammy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated Smokey Joe’s Cafe made history as Broadway’s longest running musical revue and celebrates the best songs of the legendary songwriting duo, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Their generation-defining songs climbed the Billboard charts and provided hit after hit for icons like Elvis Presley, Ben E. King, The Coasters, and The Drifters. With themes of love won, lost and imagined, their songs touched global audiences with wit and emotion. Audiences will be treated to more than 30 show-stopping tunes including classics like “On Broadway,” “Yakety Yak,” “Charlie Brown,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “Love Potion #9,” “Spanish Harlem,” and “Stand by Me.”


  • 16-32 bars of a song in the same style as the show.
  • Bring a picture, resume, and a filled out audition form (attached to the audition packet).
  • Be in dance clothes and shoes for callbacks.


  • Sign up for a 5-minute audition slot online when the SignUp becomes available on Saturday, April 27. Visit www.duluthplayhouse.org/auditions.
  • If you do not know when you can come, feel free to attend without signing up- you will be seen between slots.
  • If you cannot make auditions, video auditions are also acceptable. Submit a song and include a headshot and resume. Forward to [email protected].


  • Tentative Start Date August 13, 2019.
  • Rehearsals will be Tuesday-Friday 6pm-10pm and Saturdays between 10-4pm.
  • If actors are available during the weekday, some rehearsals may take place outside this schedule.
  • Saturday and Sunday, September 14 and 15, will be Tech/Dress Rehearsals (Monday, Sept.16 day off).


  • September 19-22 and September 26-29 (Thursday-Saturday @ 7:30pm, and Sundays @ 2pm)
  • Additional performances may be added Wednesday, September 25 and/or Sunday matinees at2pm.

Contact information

The Duluth Playhouse
Ashlee Hartwig
Web site

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