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Stage Door LogoFive Guys Named Moe
at the Broward Stage Door Theatre
December 10 – January 18
Moe logo 1A jazzy, sexy tribute to legendary composer and saxophonist Louis Jordan

December 1, 2014,
Coral Springs, Florida
Rolling Stone Magazine ranked pioneering musician, songwriter and bandleader Louis Jordan number 59 on its list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Known as ‘The King of Jukebox’, and ‘The Grandfather of Rock ‘n Roll’, Jordan’s music appealed to everyone – regularly topping music charts – mainstream, top ten, and pop – from the 1930s swing era into the 1950’s rock and roll revolution In Five Guys Named Moe playwright Clarke Peters has fashioned an exciting, exhilarating, and exuberantly loving tribute to Jordan and his music.   The production will run at the Broward Stage Door Theatre from December 10th through January 18th.

Nomax, has run out of money and his girlfriend has left him. He needs comfort, support, and advice. Emerging from his 1930s-style radio are Five Guys Named Moe: Big Moe, Four-Eyed Moe, Eat Moe, No Moe, and Little Moe, who harmonize, croon, wail, tap, and joke… and provide Nomax with just what he needs, all in the form of Louis Jordan’s hit songs and music.

Five Guys Named Moe is based on a 1943 musical short of the same name by Louis Jordan himself. It had its UK debut in 1990 at Theatre Royal Stratford East, running for over four years in the West End, and then premiering on Broadway in 1992, where it was nominated for two Tony Awards. It was revived in 2010 at the Edinburgh Festival, starring the show’s playwright Clarke Peters and returned later in 2010 to the theatre in which it originally premiered. The musical won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Entertainment.

Director Christopher Patterson will play No Moe in the production. Also starring are Brandon Hanks as Nomax, Daryl Stewart as Little Moe, Philip Bolton as Big Moe, Micah Mims as 4 Eyed Moe, and Don Seward as Eat Moe.

02-27-2008-mc-born-louis-jordanAs a bandleader in the 1940’s, Louis Jordan (Music and Lyrics) pioneered a wildly popular blend of jazz and blues. The swinging shuffle rhythms played by singer/saxophonist Jordan and his Tympany Five got called “jump blues” or “jumpin’ jive,” and it served as a forerunner of rhythm and blues and rock ‘n’ roll. At the height of his career he scored 18 number-one hit records and four of his songs are in the Grammy Hall of Fame which honors recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance. Jordan performed songs that appealed to millions of black and white listeners. Able to “straddle the fence” between these two audiences, Jordan emerged as one of the first successful crossover artists of American popular music.

img-clarke-peters02Clarke Peters (Playwright) is an actor, singer and writer. He earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Book of a Musical for Five Guys Named Moe. As an actor, he has appeared on Broadway in The Iceman Cometh (Theatre World Award) and as Billy Flynn in the revival of Chicago. Clarke’s London credits include Guys and Dolls, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Passion and Dispatches at the Royal National Theatre. His West End credits include Blues in the Night, Porgy and Bess, The Witches of Eastwick, and Chicago. In regional theater he has appeared in Driving Miss Daisy, The Wiz, Bubbling Brown Sugar, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Carmen Jones and The Amen Corner. Clarke is familiar to television viewers for his roles on The Wire, Treme and The Divide. His film credits include Mona Lisa, Notting Hill, Marley & Me, K-Pax and Freedomland. As a director, his credits include Blues for Mr. Charlie, Fascinating Aida, King and Martin Luther.

Five Guys Named Moe will run from December 10 – January 18 at The Broward Stage Door Theatre in Coral Springs. The theatre is located at 8036 Sample Road, in Coral Springs.

Tickets for Five Guys Named Moe are $38 – $42; $16 student tickets are also available. Tickets may be purchased at the Broward Stage Door Theatre box office at 954-344-7765 or on line at www.stagedoortheatre.com

For more information about Five Guys Named Moe and/or The Broward Stage Door Theatre, please visit www.stagedoortheatre.com.

Five Guys Named Moe
December 10 – January 18
Tickets: $38 – $44
Phone: 954-344-7765
Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday at 2 pm,
Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
December 31st – 4 pm & 9 pm
The Broward Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Coral Springs, Fl 33065
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Five Gus Named Moe
Song List:

Act I
  • “Early in the Morning” (Music and Lyrics by Jordan, Leo Hickman, and Dallas Bartley)
  • “Five Guys Named Moe” (Music and Lyrics by Larry Wynn and Jerry Bresler)
  • “Beware Brother Beware” (Music and Lyrics by Morry Lasco, Dick Adams, and Fleecie Moore)
  • “I Like ’em Fat Like That” (Music and Lyrics by Claude Demetrius and Jordan)
  • “Messy Bessy” (Music and Lyrics by Jon Hendricks)
  • “Pettin’ and Pokin'” (Music and Lyrics by Lora Lee)
  • “Life Is So Peculiar” (Music and Lyrics by Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen)
  • “I Know What I’ve Got” (Music and Lyrics by Sid Robin and Jordan)
  • “Azure Te” (Music and Lyrics by Bill Davis and Don Wolf)
  • “Safe, Sane and Single” (Music and Lyrics by Jordan, Johnny Lange, and Hy Heath)
  • “Push Ka Pi Shi Pie” (Music and Lyrics by Jordan, Joe Willoughby, Walt Merrick)
Act II
  • “Saturday Night Fish Fry” (Music and Lyrics by Ellis Walsh and Jordan)
  • “What’s the Use of Getting Sober” (Music and lyrics by Busby Meyers)
  • “If I Had Any Sense (I’d Go Back Home)” (Music and Lyrics by R. McCoy)
  • “Dad Gum Your Hide Boy” (Music and Lyrics by Browley Bri)
  • “Let the Good Times Roll” (Music and Lyrics by Fleecie Moore and Sam Theard)
  • “Reet, Petite and Gone” (Music and Lyrics by Spencer Lee and Jordan)
  • “Caldonia” (Music and Lyrics by Fleecie Moore)
  • “Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens” (Music and Lyrics by Joan Whitney and Alex Kramer)
  • “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying” (Music and Lyrics by Jo Greene)
  • “Choo, Choo, Ch’boogie” (Music and Lyrics by Vaughn Horton, Denver Darling, and Milton Gabler)
  • “Look Out Sister” (Music and Lyrics by Sid Robin and Jordan)
  • “Hurry Home” (Music and Lyrics by Joseph Meyer, Buddy Bernier, and Robert Emmerich)
  • “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t Ma’ Baby” (Music and Lyrics by Billy Austin and Jordan)
  • “Five Guys Named Moe” (Reprise)