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Five Guys Named Moe (1990)

Compositeur: Louis Jordan

Parolier: Louis Jordan

Librettiste: Clarke Peters

Nomax, whose girlfriend has left him and who is without money, finds Big Moe, Four-Eyed Moe, Eat Moe, No Moe, and Little Moe emerging from his 1930s-style radio to comfort him. They sing the hit songs of songwriter and saxophonist Louis Jordan, whose new slant on jazz paved the way for rock and roll in the 1950s.

Généralités: Histoire, thèmes et particularités

Résumé

His woman left him, he's broke, and it's almost five o'clock in the mornin'. But don't be worryin' 'bout our hero, Nomax. Out of Nomax's '30s-style radio pop FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE. They cajole, wheedle, comfort and jazz him with the whimsical hit songs of Louis Jordan, one of the most beloved songwriting talents of the twentieth century.

With more than fifty top ten singles on the rhythm and blues charts, this great composer and saxophonist brought a popular new slant to jazz that paved the way for the rock-and-roll of the 1950's.

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Historique du musical

Génèse du musical

The musical was originally presented at the Theatre Royal Stratford East by Philip Hedley as an in-house production. Cameron Mackintosh opened it on 14 December 1990 at London's West End Lyric Theatre. The original Stratford East cast of Kenny Andrews, Paul J. Medford, Peter Alex Newton, Omar F. Okai, and Dig Wayne, were joined by Clinton Derricks-Carroll replacing Clarke Peters, all transferred with the production where it ran until 4 March 1995. It re-opened at the Albery Theatre on 25 May 1995 where it was recorded for commercial DVD with the following cast: Tee Jaye Jenkins, Trent Kendall, Monroe Kent III (Nomax), Jason Pennycooke, Richard D. Sharp and Feruma Williams. The production ran with this cast until 13 January 1996.

The Broadway production, directed and choreographed by Charles Augins, opened on 8 April 1992 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, where it ran for 445 performances and 19 previews. The cast included Jerry Dixon, Doug Eskew, Milton Craig Nealy, Kevin Ramsey, Jeffrey D. Sams, and Glenn Turner.

The "Moe" band was: Reginald Royal, piano; Luico Hopper, bass; Brian Kirk, drums; Reggie Pittman, trumpet & flugelhorn; Gregory Charles Royal, trombone; and Mark Gross, saxophone and clarinet.

The 2010 Edinburgh Festival/West End production, directed by Paulette Randall and starring Clarke Peters himself as Nomax, as well as Ashley Campbell, Christopher Colquhoun, Carlton Connell, Paul Hazel and Horace Oliver as the Moes opened on 5th August 2010.

 

Détails

Liste des chansons

Act I
"Early in the Morning" (Music and Lyrics by Jordan, Leo Hickman, and Dallas Bartley)
"Five Guys Named Moe" (Music and Lyrics by Larry Wynn and Jerry Bresler)
"Beware Brother Beware" (Music and Lyrics by Morry Lasco, Dick Adams, and Fleecie Moore)
"I Like 'em Fat Like That" (Music and Lyrics by Claude Demetrius and Jordan)
"Messy Bessy" (Music and Lyrics by Jon Hendricks)
"Pettin' and Pokin'" (Music and Lyrics by Lora Lee)
"Life Is So Peculiar" (Music and Lyrics by Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen)
"I Know What I've Got" (Music and Lyrics by Sid Robin and Jordan)
"Azure Te" (Music and Lyrics by Bill Davis and Don Wolf)
"Safe, Sane and Single" (Music and Lyrics by Jordan, Johnny Lange, and Hy Heath)
"Push Ka Pi Shi Pie" (Music and Lyrics by Jordan, Joe Willoughby, Walt Merrick)

Act II
"Saturday Night Fish Fry" (Music and Lyrics by Ellis Walsh and Jordan)
"What's the Use of Getting Sober" (Music and lyrics by Busby Meyers)
"If I Had Any Sense (I'd Go Back Home" (Music and Lyrics by R. McCoy
"Dad Gum Your Hide Boy" (Music and Lyrics by Browley Bri)
"Let the Good Times Roll" (Music and Lyrics by Fleecie Moore and Sam Theard)
"Reet, Petite and Gone" (Music and Lyrics by Spencer Lee and Jordan)
"Caldonia" (Music and Lyrics by Fleecie Moore)
"Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens" (Music and Lyrics by Joan Whitney and Alex Kramer)
"Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying" (Music and Lyrics by Jo Greene)
"Choo, Choo, Ch'boogie" (Music and Lyrics by Vaughn Horton, Denver Darling, and Milton Gabler)
"Look Out Sister" (Music and Lyrics by Sid Robin and Jordan)
"Hurry Home" (Music and Lyrics by Joseph Meyer, Buddy Bernier, and Robert Emmerich)
"Is You Is or Is You Ain't Ma' Baby" (Music and Lyrics by Billy Austin and Jordan)
"Five Guys Named Moe" (Reprise)

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Versions du musical

Versions majeures de Five Guys Named Moe

Version 1

Five Guys Named Moe (1990-10-London Run) (Original)
Durée : 5 ans 2 mois 3 semaines
Nombre : 2054 représentations
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : lundi 22 octobre 1990
Dernière : samedi 13 janvier 1996
Mise en scène : Paulette Randall
Chorégraphie : Charles Augins
Avec : Clarke Peters (Four Eyed Moe - Stratford), C. Derricks-Carroll (Four Eyed Moe - Lyric), Kenny Andrews (Big Moe), Paul J. Medford (Little Moe), Peter Alex Newton (No Moe), Omar Okai {Eat Moe), Dig Wayne (Nomax)
Commentaires :
Paulette Randall was credited as director at Stratford, but when the show came to London her name had disappeared and the Charles Augins was credited as Director-Choreographer. The show involved audience participation, with the audience invited to join a conga line through the auditorium during the intervals and out into the street after the show. Under the slogan “The Joint Never Stops Jumpin’” this was a long-running success. In April 1992 it was re-created on Broadway for a year’s run and 445 performances.
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Version 2

Five Guys Named Moe (2002-02-UK Tour) (UK Tour)
Durée : 6 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : vendredi 01 février 2002
Première : vendredi 01 février 2002
Dernière : samedi 03 août 2002
Mise en scène : Charles Augins
Chorégraphie : Charles Augins
Avec :
Commentaires :
Dates de la tournée
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Version 3

Five Guys Named Moe (2010-08-Edinburgh Festival Fringe) (Revival)
Durée : 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mercredi 04 août 2010
Première : samedi 07 août 2010
Dernière : dimanche 29 août 2010
Mise en scène : Paulette Randall
Chorégraphie : Paul J Medford
Avec : Clarke Peters (Nomax), Ashley Campbell (Little Moe), Chris Colquhoun (Big Moe), Carlton Connell (Four Eyed Moe), Paul Hazel ( Eat Moe), Horace Oliver (No Moe)
Commentaires :
This revival had opened at the Edinburgh Fringe in August and then transferred to its original home, celebrating its 20 th Anniversary.
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Version 4

Five Guys Named Moe (2010-09-Theatre Royal Stratford East-London) (Revival)
Durée : 1 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : vendredi 03 septembre 2010
Première : mardi 07 septembre 2010
Dernière : samedi 09 octobre 2010
Mise en scène : Paulette Randall
Chorégraphie : Paul J Medford
Avec : Clarke Peters (Nomax), Ashley Campbell (Little Moe), Chris Colquhoun (Big Moe), Carlton Connell (Four Eyed Moe), Paul Hazel ( Eat Moe), Horace Oliver (No Moe)
Commentaires :
This revival had opened at the Edinburgh Fringe in August and then transferred to its original home, celebrating its 20 th Anniversary.
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