Five Guys Named Moe to Play Edinburgh Fringe with Original Star and Creator Clarke Peters

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Clarke Peters, who wrote the book for the musical Five Guys Named Moe that is based around the music of Louis Jordan,  will return to star in the show in a new production that will premiere on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer.

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It will begin performances at Underbelly's McEwan Hall Aug. 4, prior to an official opening Aug. 9, for a run through Aug. 29. The production will mark the 20th anniversary of its original premiere at Stratford East's Theatre Royal, before Cameron Mackintosh transferred it to the West End's Lyric Theatre and subsequently to Broadway's Eugene O'Neill Theatre in 1992. It will be directed by Paulette Randall and feature choreography by original cast member Paul J. Medford.

Peters will play the pivotal role of Nomax in the production. He is best known for his role as Lester Freamon in the TV series "The Wire" and will also soon be seen in the HBO-TV series "Treme," set in New Orleans and written by David Simon, the creator of "The Wire." Peters is also well known for his extensive stage roles, from the National to the West End, which have included runs in shows like Guys and Dolls, Chicago and Porgy and Bess.

In a press statement, Peters has commented, "I am over the moon that twenty years on Five Guys still has the power to excite people with expectation. There are fond memories for those who 'partayed' with us before and joyful curiosity for those who didn't. I don't think they will be disappointed. To be taking it to Edinburgh is an added bonus as so many people around the world will be exposed to this show. I'm excited it's happening."

The musical follows broke and newly single Nomax as the eponymous five guys (Big Moe, Four-Eyed Moe, Eat Moe, No Moe, and Little Moe) emerge from his 1930s-style radio in an attempt to cajole and comfort him. It features hit songs from Jazz legend Louis Jordan including "Early In The Morning," "Choo, Choo, Ch'Boogie" and "Saturday Night Fish Fry."

Director Paulette Randall is a former artistic director of the Talawa Theatre Company, and chair of the board of the Clean Break Theatre Company. Directing credits include August Wilson's King Hedley II, Two Trains Running and Gem of the Ocean (all at Tricycle Theatre), Blest be the Tie (Royal Court) and Urban Afro Saxons (Theatre Royal Stratford East). Randall co-produced, directed and wrote TV sitcoms "The Real McCoy" and "Porkpie." Choreographer Paul J. Medford is currently appearing in the Menier Chocolate Factory production of Sweet Charity at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. He was in the original company of Five Guys Named Moe playing Little Moe, a role for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award. He has also appeared as the original West End Banzai in Disney’s The Lion King. He has appeared in numerous television shows including a regular role as Kelvin in "Eastenders."

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