Through February 15
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As jukebox musicals go, “Five Guys Named Moe” – which premiered on Broadway in 1992 – is a fair to middlin’ confection. But this Cleveland Play House production of it is world class. What this show lacks in conception and construction it moe than makes up for in execution.
To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's blog here.
If you like the jazz and blues musical stylings of Louis Jordan, you’ll enjoy FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE. If, on the other hand, you desire a musical with a storyline, with songs and productions numbers that develop that tale, then you will probably join those who left at intermission. Me, I’m a storyline kind of guy!
The original production, a London West End import to Broadway, oddly owed more to squeaky-clean musical revues such as “Forever Plaid” than the down-and-dirty varieties such as “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and “Bubbling Brown Sugar.”
Here, the pseudo “cafe” ambiance of the original production has evolved into something like a Las Vegas show (albeit a smaller Las Vegas show, like the ones that seem to be included in hotel packages).
If you are looking for an excuse to get out of the house, “Five Guys Named Moe” is definitely the right destination for an evening of great music and dancing. Although light on the acting, it is as perfect an example of a delightful “Jutebox Musical” as you will find anywhere. It’s a nice winter escape.
To see a full review of this show, read Mark Horning's blog.
It’s big, flashy and loud. It features six performers who can sing and dance with skill. And it presents a whole bunch of songs by Louis Jordan, the renowned hit-maker and sax star from the 1930’s to the early ‘50s. Plus, critics like this show because they can drag out all their tired “Moe” puns, But Moe about that later.
To see a full review of this show, read Christine Howey's blog Rave and Pan
If "Five Guys Named Moe" were a month, it'd be sultry, sticky July, 'cuz the sexy, glitzy reboot of the 1992 Broadway revue showcasing the music of bandleader and sax man Louis Jordan is a real scorcher.
To see a full review of this show, read Andrea Simakis' blog or visit Cleveland.com here.
The strengths of this production include fresh choreography unique for each of the musical numbers and a cast that grow on you. Weaknesses include a wafer thin premise, repetitious themes, and lighting that does not illuminate.
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