A new production of Five Guys Named Moe, a musical based on the back catalog of Louis Jordan, is to return to London to play in a brand-new pop-up theatre at Marble Arch. It will begin performances August 28 prior to an official opening September 14, for a run that is initially on sale through November 25.
Written by Clarke Peters, who will also direct this new production, the musical was first seen at London’s Theatre Royal Stratford East in 1990 before transferring to the West End, where it ran for four years. It also played on Broadway for over a year from 1992 to 1993.
With a score that includes such songs as “Early in the Morning,” “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby,” “Choo Choo Ch’Boogie,” and “Saturday Night Fish Fry,” the production is being staged in the newly created Marble Arch Theatre that is being designed specifically for the production and will transport the audience back to the jazz bars of ’40s New Orleans. A unique, circular auditorium will ensure that the action takes place all around the theatre.
The production will be choreographed by Andrew Wright (currently represented in the West End by Half a Sixpence), inspired by Charles Augins' original choreography, with set and costume design by takis, lighting design by Philip Gladwell, and sound design by Ben Harrison.
Casting is still to be announced.
In a press statement, Peters commented, “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 honor 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!”
It is produced by Underbelly Productions in association with Cameron Mackintosh, Steven Harris, and Westminster City Council.
To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 545 8252 or visit fiveguysmusical.com.