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Five Guys Named Moe

A Musical by Clarke Peters
Featuring Louis Jordan's Greatest Hits
Originally Produced at Theatre Royal Stratford East
Directed by Ron OJ Parson
Music Director Abdul Hamid Royal
Associate Director Felicia P. Fields
Movement/Musical Staging Christopher Carter

Sep 07, 2017 — Oct 15, 2017

A BLAST … All of the guys in the show are terrific … the material is respected, the audience is nurtured, warmth comes in great waves”      –Chicago Tribune (full review)

“The very definition of pure, unadulterated theatrical fun … The actors at Court are ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL–Chicago Sun-Times (full review)

A lively musical tribute to the hit songs of saxophonist and songwriter Louis Jordan, Five Guys Named Moe introduces Nomax: a broke, newly single guy singing the blues late into the night. Suddenly, five unexpected friends—Big Moe, Four-Eyed Moe, Eat Moe, No Moe, and Little Moe—emerge from his radio to help ease his broken heart. Pioneering musician Louis Jordan’s new approach to jazz paved the way for rock and roll in the 1950s. Five Guys Named Moe is directed by Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson with Associate Director Felicia P. Fields.

Justin Kaufmann and Abdul Hamid RoyalListen to an interview with Music Director Abdul Hamid Royal on WGN Radio’s “The Download with Justin Kaufmann” about Five Guys Named Moe at Court Theatre and music directing the Broadway production in the ’90s.

Running Time: 2 hours (including 15-minute intermission)

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Court Theatre’s 2017/18 Season is sponsored by Barbara and Richard Franke.

Five Guys Named Moe is sponsored by

The Joyce Foundation Reva & David Logan Foundation

Photo of Eric A. Lewis, James Earl Jones II, Kelvin Roston, Jr, Lorenzo Rush, Jr, and Darrian Ford by Joe Mazza.


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Articles and Interviews

Lots of Love for Five Guys Named Moe

Critics are having "a blast" at at Five Guys Named Moe. “If you cannot enjoy yourself at this, well, then you’re no fun at all, dear reader … What matters most here is that the material is respected, the audience is nurtured, warmth comes in great waves" (Chicago Tribune). Read more excerpts from the reviews.

Louis Jordan, the Jukebox King

We hear Louis Jordan's sound in all the music of the 20th century—through the work of his jazz and big band contemporaries, to his rock and roll descendants.

Louis Jordan: On the Cutting Edge

American History professor Adam Green puts into a broader context Louis Jordan’s role in the evolution of music, his success with a wider audience than other artists before him, and his treatment of women in his lyrics.

Jordan Timeline

Take a look at some of the highlights of musician, songwriter and bandleader Louis Jordan's life.

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