Nomax is down on his luck. Newly single and broke, he drinks his sorrows away. But in a wild night that he’ll never forget, Five Guys Named Moe – Big Moe, Little Moe, Eat Moe, Know Moe and Four-Eyed Moe – are on hand to help him party his way back to the straight and narrow.
Enter the new Marble Arch Theatre, designed specifically for the show, and be transported back to the enthralling jazz bars of 1940s New Orleans, complete with a wonderfully authentic cocktail bar for pre and post show drinks. The band is playing, the bourbon is flowing, so come and join the party!
Packed with an uplifting soundtrack of soul, blues, gospel and r ‘n’ b, and led by the all-singing, all dancing Five Guys, Five Guys Named Moe is a life-affirming theatrical experience like no other. Featuring the toe-tapping, irresistible hits of jazz legend Louis Jordan, including: Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t (My Baby), Early In The Morning, Choo Choo Ch’Boogie, Saturday Night Fish Fry, plus many more performed live on stage by a world class jazz band.
First seen at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, Five Guys Named Moe ran for four years in the West End, winning the Olivier award for Best Entertainment, before premiering on Broadway.
The original production of Five Guys was produced in 1990 at the Theatre Royal Stratford East and subsequently in the West End by Cameron Mackintosh. Performed by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited.
Five Guys Named Moe is presented by Underbelly Productions in association with Cameron Mackintosh. Directed by Clarke Peters (The Wire) with musical staging and choreography by double Olivier Award nominee Andrew Wright (Half a Sixpence, Singin’ in the Rain, Guys and Dolls), inspired by Charles Augins’ original choreography. Set and costume design by takis (Side Show, In The Heights, Hairspray, The Good Person of Sichuan), lighting design by Philip Gladwell (The James Plays, Cymbeline, Trainspotting, After Miss Julie, Hairspray) and sound design by Ben Harrison (Cabaret, Dreamboats and Petticoats, Dancing in the Streets, The King & I, Starlight Express, Blood Brothers, Soul Sister).
Clarke Peters said: “It’s a rare and wonderful thing to have the chance to direct a show that not only you have created but also performed in. It’s a show that is very close to my heart and soul and is so much of who I am. It’s an honour to return to it on its 25th Anniversary and reimagine the show in this new theatre space; one which is perfect for creating a closeness and dynamic energy between the story and the audience. Further to this it’s a treat to be working with a fantastic creative team and I can’t wait to transport audiences into the magical world of rhythm and blues. This rhythm will lift one and all from their blues!”
Clarke Peters has a long-established and wide-ranging career in theatre, television, radio and film. His many stage credits include: King Lear (Shakespeare in the Park), Race, Chicago, The Iceman Cometh (New York), Guys and Dolls, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Mourning Becomes Electra (National Theatre), Porgy in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess (Savoy Theatre), Driving Miss Daisy, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Little Shop of Horrors, Blues in the Night and Five Guys Named Moe also written by Clarke. Films include: Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer, Notting Hill, Mona Lisa, Bad Education, Marley and Me, Freedomland, The Benefactor, Endgame, Mandela: The Prison Years and Nativity! Peters is also known for his varied television career including regular appearances in The Wire, Tremé, Jericho, The Divide, Chance and The Corner.
Five Guys Named Moe will have an initial booking period from 28 August to 25 November 2017, with an Opening Night on 14 September. Tickets are on sale now; book here.
Read TBB’s 2016 interview with Clarke Peters here.