Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

September 13, 2012

'Five Guys Named Moe' opens at Playhouse


CROSSVILLE — Beginning Sept. 6, the Cumberland County Playhouse lets the good times roll with its all-new production of Five Guys Named Moe, the hugely popular Clarke Peters musical which features the hits songs of songwriter and saxophonist Louis Jordan, whose new slant on jazz paved the way for rock and roll in the 1950s. Jordan was ranked fifth in the list of all-time most successful African-American recording artists according to Billboard Magazine, and ranked 59th on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the 100 greatest artists of all time.

Five Guys Named Moe originated in London in 1990 at the Theatre Royal Stratford and ran for more than four years in the West End, winning the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Entertainment and Best Choreography. The show premiered on Broadway in April 1992 and was nominated for several Tony awards. 

As the show begins, we meet out down-in-the-dumps hero Nomax (Quinn Cason). His woman left him, he's broke, and it's almost five o'clock in the morning. But things change when “five guys named Moe” suddenly pop out of his radio! Big Moe (Horace Smith), Four-Eyed Moe (Earley Dean Wilson), Eat Moe (Michael Ruff), No Moe (Porter Anderson), and Little Moe (Donald Frison) proceed to cajole, wheedle, comfort and jazz him with unforgettable hit songs like “Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens,” “Caldonia,” “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying,” “Choo Choo Ch’Boogie,” “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby” and more!

Director/choreographer Harry Bryce (Ain’t Misbehavin’, Crowns, Dreamgirls) promises an exhilarating theatrical experience, complete with uproarious audience participation that will have you leaping out of your seat to join the celebration! 

Five Guys Named Moe is rated PG and plays through Oct. 27 in the Adventure Theater. Also at the Playhouse are Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge (rated PG) thru Oct. 26; and Backwards in High Heels (rated PG, sponsored by Uplands Village), the dance-filled musical biography of the legendary Gingers Rogers running through Nov. 2.

Tickets and information are also available for selected concerts at Crossville’s Palace Theatre, Southern Symphonic Brass, and other events at or by calling 484-5000. All CCP productions are made possible through sponsor support, with additional support provided by the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.