Five Guys Named Moe, Westchester Broadway Theatre, Elmsford, NY, USA
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta   
Westchester Broadway Theatre - Five Guys Named Moe The Clarke Peters musical, Five Guys Named Moe at the Westchester Broadway Theatre in Elmsford,New York is an engaging, energetic, foot-stomping, finger-snapping "wow" of a musical based on the music of the legendary American songwriter, singer, musician, and bandleader Louis Jordan. Directed and choreographed by Richard Stafford and starring Napoleon M. Douglas, Quentin Avery Brown, Tyler Johnson-Campion, Douglas Lyons, Tony Perry, and Isaiah Reynolds, Five Guys Named Moe runs until March 1, 2020. If you love musical comedies, run to get tickets!

 

Westchester Broadway Theatre - Five Guys Named Moe - photos by John Vecchiolla

Louis Jordan (1908 - 1975) was an American bandleader, songwriter, singer, and saxophonist. His music from the 1930s and 1950s helped pave the way for rhythm & blues. The musical, Five Guys Named Moe featuring Quentin Avery Brown as Eat Moe, Tyler Johnson-Campion as No Moe, Douglas Lyons as Four-Eyed Moe, Tony Perry as Big Moe, Isaiah Reynolds as Little Moe, and Napoleon M. Douglas as No Max, is a tribute to the music of Louis Jordan. A few of the iconic and memorable Louis Jordan songs in the musical include Early In The Morning (1947), Saturday Night Fish Fry (1949), Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby (1944), Safe, Sane & Single (1949), and Reet, Petite and Gone (1946).

Westchester Broadway Theatre - Five Guys Named Moe - photos by John Vecchiolla
Five Guys Named Moe
photos by John Vecchiolla

We had the pleasure of seeing the musical Five Guys Named Moe on opening night, Friday, January 31, 2020, which had us tapping our toes and laughing throughout. The plot of the play is centered around the character, No Max, who is broke, single and brilliantly played by Napoleon M. Douglas, as he is listening to the radio very late one night, drinking way too much, and feeling sorry for himself over the loss of his girlfriend, when the quintet, Five Guys Named Moe, step out of the radio waves and into his living room to help him get his life back on track with their hilarious philosophies.

Having the 6-piece band comprised of Musical Director John Daniels on piano, Steve Bleifuss on trombone, Jim Briggs on clarinet and sax, Dave Dunaway on bass, Jack Mack on percussion, and Brian Uhl on trumpet, playing on stage also contributed to the big band sound of the radio era.

Westchester Broadway Theatre - Five Guys Named Moe - photos by John Vecchiolla
Five Guys Named Moe
photos by John Vecchiolla

Directed and choregraphed by Richard Stafford, the cast was exceptionally talented with strong voices, dance ability, and comedic timing that kept the audience engaged and singing along to the Louis Jordan, Joe Willoughby, and Dr. Walt Merrick 1949 Calypso song, Push Ka Pi Shi Pie, as the Five Moes and No Max danced a Conga line through the theater.

Westchester Broadway Theatre - Five Guys Named Moe - photos by John Vecchiolla
Five Guys Named Moe
photo by John Vecchiolla

Gaiety, hilarity, and all-around joviality was the name of the game as the Five Moes doled out their often-questionable pearls of wisdom on how to treat the opposite sex as they sang and danced their way into the audience's heart. The play opened in the UK in London's West End in 1990. won a prestigious Laurence Olivier Award for Best Entertainment in 1991 and ran on Broadway in 1992.

Westchester Broadway Theatre - Five Guys Named Moe - photos by John Vecchiolla
Five Guyes Named Moe
photo by John Vecchiolla

The 2-act play runs around 60 minutes for each act with a 30-minute intermission.

Until next time, keep enjoying and supporting the arts!

Westchester Broadway Theatre - Five Guys Named Moe - photos by John Vecchiolla
Five Guys Named Moe
photo by John Vecchiolla

Cast:

Napoleon M. Douglas

No Max

Quentin Avery Brown

Eat Moe

Tyler Johnson-Campion

No Moe

Douglas Lyons

Four-Eyed Moe

Tony Perry

Big Moe

Isaiah Reynolds

Little Moe

John E. Lucas

Understudy

Markus Blair

Understudy

The Creative Team:

Louis Jordan

Music and Lyrics

Clarke Peters

Book

Richard Stafford

Direction & Choreography

Kristyn Pope

Associate Choreographer

John Daniels

Musical Direction

Steve Loftus

Set Design

Andrew Gmoser

Lighting Design

Mark Zuckerman

Sound Design

Allison Kirstukas

Costume Designer

Victor Lukas

Production Stage Manager

Lisa Tiso

Producer

The Band:

John Daniels

Musical Director/Piano

Steve Bleifuss

Trombone

Jim Briggs

Clarinet, Sax

Dave Dunaway

Bass

Jack Mack

Percussion

Brian Uhl

Trumpet

Von Ann Stutler

Musical Contractor

About Westchester Broadway Theatre:

"The Westchester Broadway Theatre (WBT) is the longest running year-round Equity theatre in the state of New York, with a 44-year history of over 200 main-stage productions and nearly 1000 Monday/Tuesday special events and concerts. Our objective with this world-class venue is to always provide our audiences - which come from far and wide - with the highest production values and most memorable entertainment/dining experiences. "

"WBT is the only theatre of its kind in Westchester where Broadway performers, directors and designers gather to create this level of Musical Theatre. Each show is produced exclusively for WBT and is approached similarly to a Broadway production: casting Broadway performers at auditions in New York City and engaging the creative staff (Directors, Choreographers, Musical Directors, Live Orchestra, Set, Costume & Lighting Designers, etc.) On musical "dark nights," WBT has presented nearly 1000 Monday and Tuesday night special events and concerts, featuring top-tier talents such as Jackie Mason, Tom Jones, George Carlin, Paul Anka, Wayne Newton and Harry Belafonte. With the continued support of our tri-state area audiences, we pledge to continue to present the best in theatre and dining!"

WBT performance schedule for Five Guys Named Moe: Wednesdays at 11:15 am, Thursdays and Fridays at 11:15 am and 6:15 pm, Saturdays at 11:15 am, Sundays at 11:45 pm and 5:15 pm. Ticket pricing depends on options of Dinner & Show or Show Only. Visit the website or call the box office for pricing options.

For information on the play, upcoming performances, or to purchase tickets, please call the box office at+1-914-592-2222 or visit them on the website at www.broadwaytheatre.com.

Upcoming Performances - 2020 - 2021

Five Guys Named Moe

January 30 - March 1, 2020

All Shook Up

March 5 - May 3, 2020

Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella

May 7 - July 5, 2020

9 to 5 The Musical

July 9 - September 19, 2020

Kinky Boots

September 24 - November 29, 2020

Kinky Boots

December 30 - January 24, 2021

Westchester Broadway Theatre, Elmsford, New York

The Westchester Broadway Theatre
One Broadway Plaza
Elmsford, New York 10523
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