Performed in a brand new theatre at Marble Arch, does this revival of Five Guys Named Moe win over the critics?
Nomax is single, broke and drinking his sorrows away when five guys named Moe – Big Moe, Little Moe, Eat Moe, Know Moe and Four-Eyed Moe – appear out of nowhere to help him straighten out and sing and dance his way to love!
Featuring the irresistible hits of the original king of jazz Louis Jordan, including Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby, Early In The Morning, Choo Choo Ch’Boogie and, Saturday Night Fish Fry, Five Guys Named Moe is a theatrical event like no other.
Time Out: *** “But lordy, this thing has more padding than a cotton wool factory. Running considerably longer than the grittier 2010 incarnation, there are moments when Peters’s production absolutely shamelessly vamps for time.”
Rewrite This Story: **** “Certainly a brilliant, toe-tapping show with flawless performances all round and perfect for a fun, light-hearted night out.”
Carn’s Theatre Passion: **** “Talent, exuberance and showmanship of the Five Moe’s is unparalleled.”
London Theatre1: *** “So, if you’re looking for a great night out and you feel like partying, this is the show for you.”
The Telegraph: **** “The choreography by Andrew Wright is a mixture of slick, relaxed and witty; the singing is accomplished; the dancing and acrobatics at times breathtaking (take a bow Dex Lee for some wince-making splits); the music, by a five man and one woman band, on the money (the evening was worth it for me for a sax solo by Jessamy Holder on “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying”).
WhatsOnStage: ***** “Andrew Wright’s choreography is a marvel.”
Broadway World: **** “It’s not deep theatre by any means, but if you’re looking for a jumpin’ joint, a drink and a great night of music, Peters and his boys have got you covered.”
The Times: **** “With a pop-up circus-tent theatre turned into a New Orleans jazz club, this revival of the 1990 production is so full of energy that it zings.”
West End Wilma: ***** “Though the plot isn’t especially developed and may not have a story-line which can solve all the problems in our world, the passion and soul embedded into the very roots of this show, and the Jazz legacy left by Louis Jordan, will most certainly get the world up on its feet and DANCING.”
London Theatre.co.uk: **** “It’s simply a compilation of feel-good soulful tunes linked with some short funny scenes of dialogue – the very definition of a jukebox musical.”
The Upcoming: **** “For anyone looking for a fun, all-singing all-dancing evening, Five Guys Named Moe is exactly that.”
Gay Times: ***** “It’s a beautifully staged show, with slick production, dazzling choreography, sublime vocals – and it’s an absolute riot from start to finish. Magic.”
Musical Theatre Review: **** “nothing can detract too much from the charm and the joy that this production brings to London.”
Jonathan Baz Reviews: ***** “Five Guys Named Moe triumphs in what is quite possibly the most exciting piece of theatre in the West End.”
Evening Standard: *** “Peters ensures that the energy levels never falter and choreographer Andrew Wright has the sweet-voiced Moes work up a heady sweat as they leap their way around a circular moving walkway.”
Musical Theatre Musings: ***** “This isn’t a story line that will move you or win any prizes but the show is clearly about the jazz music of a byegone era. This was the most fun I’ve had at a show in a considerable time.”