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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.



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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