A 1992 Tony nominee for best musical, Five Guys Named Moe is a light-hearted revue of the songs of Louis Jordan, featuring -- you guessed it -- five gentlemen whose character names include "Moe." There's Big Moe, No Moe, Four-Eyed Moe, Little Moe and Eat Moe -- and they all help a guy named Nomax get over his romantic heartbreak.
All six will be on-hand for Arizona Theatre Company's mounting of the musical, beginning New Year's Eve and opening Jan. 3 for a run through Jan. 25.
Devised by Clarke Peters, Moe first opened in 1990 at London's Theatre Royal. Jordan songs in the show include "Let The Good Times Roll," "Caldonia," "Push Ka Pi Shi Pie," and "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie."
Starring in the ATC staging are Teren Carter, Robert Chew, James Doberman, Darren Lee Frazier, Steven Ward and David White. Kent Gash, who staged Home for Off-Broadway's Melting Pot company, directs and choreographs.
Designing the show are Emily Beck (set), Alvin Perry (costumes), Tracy Odishaw (lighting) and Abe Jacob (sound). A six-piece band backs them up. For tickets and information on Five Guys Named Moe at the Arizona Theatre Company's Phoenix home in the Herberger Center, call (602) 256-6995. New Year's Eve tix ($50) go to benefit ATC's accessibility program for the visual/hearing impaired.
-- By David Lefkowitz