Five Guys Named Moe (4 stars)

Feel-good musical that’s a cut above

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This article is from 2010.

Five Guys Named Moe

It’s not often that such a highly-polished, well produced show of this nature makes it into the Fringe line-up. More at home in the West End or Broadway, Five Guys Named Moe has been entertaining the crowds since 1990 – and it ain’t about to stop now, whether you paid £15 or £50 for your ticket.

Written by and starring Clarke Peters (aka The Wire’s Lester Freamon), the show centres on Nomax, a man who has upset his girlfriend one time too many, and finds himself in a rented room drowning his sorrows to the songs of Louis Jordan. Cue five all-singing, all-dancing fellows with the same moniker, and their live band, to show Nomax the error of his ways.

If there’s a complaint to be made, it’s that not all of Jordan’s witty lyrics make it past the stage, due to shaky acoustics, but even then there’s more than enough razzle dazzle on stage to keep the audience whooping throughout.

Udderbelly’s Pasture, 0844 545 8252, until 29 Aug (not 27), 5.15pm, £15–£17.50 (£14–£15).

This article is from 2010.

Five Guys Named Moe

  • 4 stars

The first major revival of the smash hit West End and Broadway musical 'Five Guys Named Moe'. Sizzling with dance, comedy and the irresistible music of jazz legend Louis Jordan, this 20th anniversary production stars the show's original creator Clarke Peters - West End star of 'Chicago' and 'Porgy and Bess' and more…

Five Guys Named Moe

  • 4 stars
  • Directed by: Paul J Medford (choreography)

A brand new production of the smash hit West End and Broadway musical. Sizzling with dance, comedy and the irresistible music of jazz legend Louis Jordan, this 20th anniversary production stars the show's original creator Clarke Peters (who's perhaps best known for his TV role as Detective Lester Freamon in hugely…

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