FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE!
- By Deborah Behrens
- Photo Courtesy of Ebony Repertory
Let the good times roll! Head to Nate Holden Performing Arts Center for Ebony Repertory Theatre’s production of Five Guys Named Moe, a jumping-and-jiving revue by Clarke Peters that celebrates the music of pioneering saxophonist, singer and bandleader Louis Jordan known as “The King of the Jukebox.”
The musical stars Emmy Award-winner and Tony Award nominee Obba Babatundé (Dreamgirls) as hard luck case Nomax, listening to music and drinking heavily at 4:45 am because his gal Lorraine has left. Out of his vintage radio springs the Five Moes (No Moe, Little Moe, Four Eyed Moe, Eat Moe and Big Moe) to motivate Nomax through song and stories to turn his life around and tell Lorraine that he loves her. “I’m thrilled Five Guys Named Moe has come into my life at this particular time of its life,” said Babatundé. ERT’s production commemorates the 25th anniversary of the musical’s 1992 Broadway production. “I just hope to do it as much justice and even more — to elevate it and give it shine.”
Directed and choreographed by Keith Young (Sammy, On the Town) with musical direction by Abdul Hamid Royal (Five Guys Named Moe/original Broadway production), the show also features Eric B. Anthony, Trevon Davis, Rogelio Douglas, Jr., Jacques C. Smith and Octavius Womack.
Plays May 19-June 11. For tickets and more information, click here.