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The full cast has been confirmed for the brand new production of Clarke Peters’ Olivier Award-winning and Tony-Award nominated musical, Five Guys Named Moe.
Edward Baruwa will take on the role of Nomax, with Ian Carlyle as Four Eyed Moe, Dex Lee as Know Moe, Idriss Kargbo as Little Moe, Timothy Martin as Big Moe, and Emile Ruddock as Eat Moe.
The announcement arrives alongside a first look at how the inside of the new Marble Arch Theatre will look. The brand new space has been specifically designed for the production, reminiscent of the 1940s New Orleans Jazz clubs.
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 premiered at the Theatre Royal Stratford East in 1990, moving to the West End and running for four years. In 1992 it also opened on Broadway. The production features music by “king of the jukebox” Louis Jordan, including Early In The Morning, Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby and more.
The new production is directed by original creator Clarke Peters, with musical staging and choreography by Andrew Wright (Half a Sixpence, Guys and Dolls).
“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,” says Peters. “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. This rhythm will lift one and all from their blues!”
Check out the brand new trailer for Five Guys Named Moe below:
Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster.co.uk.