Underbelly productions have today confirmed full casting for the upcoming West End production of Five Guys Named Moe opening for previews in a new temporary theatre in Marble Arch in August.
Directed by Clarke Peters and with choreography by Andrew Wright, this new production will star Edward Baruwa as 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).
Images have also been released of how the temporary theatre in Marble Arch will look for the production, designed specifically for the production, the theatre will be reminiscent of 1940s New Orleans Jazz clubs, occupying the whole space.
As well as 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.
Nomax is down on his luck. Newly single and broke, he drinks his sorrows away. But in a wild night that he’ll never forget, Five Guys Named Moe – Big Moe, Little Moe, Eat Moe, Know Moe and Four-Eyed Moe – are on hand to help him party his way back to the straight and narrow.
Five Guys Named Moe was first seen at the Theatre Royal Stratford East in 1990, it then transferred to the West End and played for four years, subsequently playing on Broadway from 1992.
This production is 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) and sound design by Ben Harrison (Cabaret, Dreamboats and Petticoats, Dancing in the Streets, The King & I, Starlight Express, Blood Brothers, Soul Sister).
Talking about the production 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.”
Five Guys Named Moe will play at the Marble Arch Theatre from the 29th August. To book tickets visit: Ticketmaster.co.uk, See Tickets.com, Discount Theatre.com, Last Minute.com, Love Theatre.com, Theatre People.com and UK Tickets.co.uk.