Five Guys Named Moe

Marble Arch Theatre
Marble Arch, London

Previewed: 29 August 2017
Opened: 14 September 2017
Closes: 17 February 2018

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Show times
Monday at 7.45pm
Tuesday at 7.45pm
Wednesday at 7.45pm
Thursday at 2.30pm and 7.45pm
Friday at 7.45pm
Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.45pm
Sunday no shows

Runs 2 hours including one interval

Seat prices
£? to £?
(plus booking fees if applicable)

Five Guys Named Moe

A major revival of the musical Five Guys Named Moe in London celebrating the songs of forties saxophonist and singer Louis Jordan

Nomax's girl has walked out on him and he's got the blues. As he sits in his apartment drinking with the radio playing, suddenly five 'Moes' - Big Moe, Little Moe, No Moe, Eat Moe and Four-Eyed Moe - all appear from out of the radio to tell him about life and women... all to the soundtrack of Louis Jordan's music.

PLEASE NOTE: This production is performed 'in-the-round' - the show takes place all around you, with several stages located at the front, centre and sides of the theatre. The theatre itself is a purpose built temporary building located adjacent to the ceremonial arch at Marble Arch.

The cast features Edward Baruwa as 'Nomax', Ian Carlyle as 'Four-Eyed Moe', Dex Lee as 'No Moe', Idriss Kargbo as 'Little Moe', Timothy Martin as 'Big Moe' and Emile Ruddock as 'Eat Moe'. Casting subject to change without notice. Directed by Clarke Peters with musical staging and choreography by Andrew Wright, inspired by original choreography by Charles Augins, designs by takis, lighting by Philip Gladwell and sound by Ben Harrison. Devised by Clarke Peters and featuring Louis Jordan's greatest hits.

While Clarke Peters was appearing at the National Theatre in a revival of August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, he presented a special 55 minute late night show called A Celebration of Louis Jordan: Five Guys Named Moe that was staged by the cast of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom for three 'after-show' performances on 19, 20 and 26 January 1990. The success of these performances lead to Peters expanding the show more which was then staged for a month long run at the Theatre Royal Stratford East in east London (previewed from 12 October 1990, opened on 22 October 1990 and closed on 24 November 1990). The production then transferred the following month to the West End's Lyric Theatre where it played just over four years before returning for a further seven months at the Noel Coward Theatre.

The musical Five Guys Named Moe in London at the Marble Arch Theatre public previews from 29 August 2017, opens on 14 September 2017 and closes on 17 February 2018


Five Guys Named Moe - Original London West End Production

Opened 14 December 1990, Closed 4 March 1995 at the Lyric Theatre
Opened 25 May 1995, Closed 13 January 1996 at the Noel Coward Theatre

Directed and choreographed by Charles Augins, designed by Tim Goodchild, costumes by Noel Howard, lighting by Andrew Bridge and sound by Julian Beech. The original cast featured Clarke Peters as 'Four-Eyed Moe', Paul J. Medford as 'Little Moe', Kenny Andrews as 'Big Moe', Peter Alex Newton as 'No Moe', Omar Okai as 'Eat Moe' and Dig Wayne as 'Nomax'.

"Shows which celebrate or anthologise songwriters and dead performers are, to be rigorous, a dangerous theatrical indulgence. The energy and money should be directed at creating something new, rather than trawling the past. But when the archive-raiding produces something as winning and exhilarating as this, Clarke Peters’ tribute to bandleader Louis Jordan, such strictures can be laughed out of the theatre. Peters has taken 18 or 20 songs, either written or first made familiar by Jordan in his Forties and early Fifties heyday, and strung them together with a story which never gets in the way of the entertainment... Charles Augins, director and choreographer, gives the songs an impeccable turn-out... The five guys are conjured out of the air by Nomax, listening to Jordan's music on the radio. His life is transformed when these sharp-suited fast-talkers set about improving his attitude, setting him right with his girlfriend and smartening up his image. They do this with songs and dance routines, sometimes letting him respond in kind... The five-piece band at the rear of the stage is exceptionally accomplished: the sound is full and never too loud. Props are flown in or carried on and off the single set; lighting and costumes are faultless. Only audiences allergic to rhythm and blues or in search of a hard time could fail to be charmed by the show." The Times

"Clarke Peters, who has devised Five Guys Named Moe,calls the show a 'revusical'. Whatever you term it, this 90-minute tribute to the black song-writer/saxophonist and rhythm and blues pioneer, Louis Jordan, is a joyous and walloping hit... Of plot there is the merest vestige. A lovelorn guy who has lost his girl is passing a lonely dawn when the eponymous quintet leaps out of the radio to give him lessons on life based on old Jordan numbers. It's a shaky device that means the hero has, at different times, to seem a drunk, a square, a total sexual innocent. But who cares? It is simply an excuse for giving us over 20 vintage Jordan numbers that combine an insistent Forties beat with lyrics that are sharp, sexy and funny... The values may not exactly be those of today; but the songs have an irresistible rhythm that explains why Jordan was a hero to Chuck Berry and Bill Haley. They are also here, staged and choreographed by Charles Augins with enormous wit and verve... The show doesn't tell you much about Louis Jordan, but, with the aid of a first-rate band under Neil McArthur's direction, it brings this neglected musical pioneer back to exuberant life." The Guardian

Five Guys Named Moe in London at the Lyric Theatre opened on 14 December 1990 and closed on 4 March 1995, returned to London at the Noel Coward Theatre opened on 25 May 1995 and closed on 13 January 1996