Five Guys Named Moe – casting for new London production

The cast of Five Guys Named Moe at the Marble Arch Theatre, London. Picture: Graham Michael

Casting has been revealed for the brand new production of Clarke Peters’ Olivier Award-winning and Tony-Award nominated musical, Five Guys Named Moe.

The production will open on 14 September 2017 in a new temporary theatre in Marble Arch, London.

Edward Baruwa will play Nomax and the ‘Moes’ will be played by: Ian Carlyle (Four-Eyed Moe), Dex Lee (Know Moe), Idriss Kargbo (Little Moe), Timothy Martin (Big Moe) and Emile Ruddock (Eat Moe).

Underbelly has also released the first look at how the inside of the new Marble Arch Theatre will look.

Specifically designed for the production, the venue will be reminiscent of 1940s New Orleans Jazz clubs, occupying the whole space. There will be cabaret table seating in the centre of the space with a drinks table service.

In addition to the theatre, there will be a connecting foyer designed in the style of a New Orleans courtyard with hanging atmospheric foliage, festoon lighting, a beautiful bespoke bar, a performance area for a jazz trio and concession stands selling popcorn, sweets, snacks and merchandise as well as a cloakroom area.

Five Guys Named Moe was first seen at the Theatre Royal Stratford East in 1990, it transferred to the West End and played for four years, subsequently playing on Broadway from 1992.

Clarke Peters’ career defining musical features the irresistible hits of trailblazing ‘King of the Jukebox’ Louis Jordan. The soundtrack of soul, blues, gospel and early r ‘n’ b is performed on stage by a live band.

The production, which is to be directed by Peters himself, is currently booking from 29 August to 25 November 2017, with an opening night on 14 September.

Five Guys Named Moe will be directed by Clarke Peters (The Wire, Treme, Person of Interest, Porgy and Bess, The Ice Man Cometh) with musical staging and choreography by Andrew Wright (Half a Sixpence, Singin’ in the Rain, Guys and Dolls), inspired by Charles Augins’ original choreography, set and costume design by takis (Side Show, In The Heights, Hairspray, The Good Person of Sichuan), lighting design by Philip Gladwell (The James Plays, Cymbeline, Trainspotting, After Miss Julie, Hairspray), sound design by Ben Harrison (Cabaret, Dreamboats and Petticoats, Dancing in the Streets, The King & I, Starlight Express, Blood Brothers, Soul Sister) and musical supervision from Steve Hill (Fame, Rent, The House That Nat Built, Bent, Hair).

Clarke Peters said: “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 honour 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.”

Edward Baruwa’s (Nomax) theatre credits include: Motown (Shaftesbury Theatre); Peter Pan in Concert (Adelphi Theatre); Dessa Rose (Trafalgar Studios); Little Shop of Horrors (Aberystwyth Arts Centre); Sister Act (UK tour); Smokey Joe’s Café (Landor Theatre); Avenue Q, (Noel Coward Theatre and Gielgud Theatre); Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre); Porgy and Bess (Savoy Theatre); Dancing in the Streets (Cambridge/Aldwych Theatre); Jerry Springer the Opera (Cambridge Theatre); Miss Saigon (original UK tour); The Rocky Horror Show (European tour); and The Wiz (Hackney Empire).

Ian Carlyle’s (Four-Eyed Moe) recent theatre credits include: Show Boat (Sheffield Crucible); Sister Act (National Theatre Dublin); Notre Dame de Paris (international tour); Jesus Christ Superstar (UK national arena tour); We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre); Porgy and Bess (Savoy Theatre); Miss Saigon (UK tour) and Disney’s The Lion King (Lyceum).

Dex Lee (Know Moe) most recently appeared in The Wild Party (The Other Palace). His theatre credits include: Grease (Curve, Leicester); Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) (Royal Court Theatre); In The Heights (King’s Cross Theatre and Southwark Playhouse) Hairspray (UK tour); Carrie (Southwark Playhouse) and The Scottsboro Boys (Garrick Theatre).

Idriss Kargbo’s (Little Moe) credits include Wicked (Apollo Victoria); Shrek The Musical (UK Tour); Scottsboro Boys (Young Vic); Disney’s The Lion King (Lyceum); Thriller Live! (Lyric Theatre) and Oliver! (Theatre Royal Drury Lane).

Timothy Martin’s (Big Moe) musical credits include: Ragtime (Bologna Opera Theatre); Sister Act (UK tour); Candide (Florence Opera Theatre); Rent (Trainon Theatre, Naples); The Full Monty (Italian Tour); Lady Day (Italian tour); Tony, West Side Story (Theatre Argentina) and Treemonisha (New York City Parks).

Emile Ruddock’s (Eat Moe) recent theatre credits include: Crazy For You (Watermill Theatre); Kiss Me, Kate (UK tour); The Scottsboro Boys (Garrick Theatre and Young Vic Theatre); Avenue Q (Rugby Theatre); 42nd Street Gala (London Palladium and Dominion Theatre) and 42nd Street (Rugby Theatre).

Tickets for Five Guys Named Moe are available HERE.

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