Newbies to theatre will enjoy getting introduced to a world of blues when you see the last performance of 5 Guys Named Moe at Players By The Sea in Jacksonville Beach this weekend. This play is a tribute to the blues and life. 5 Guys Named Moe showcases composer Louis Jordan’s work. Jordan was a talented singer with great comedic flair. He also fronted his own band for more than twenty years. Jordan was also known as The King of the Jukebox.
As a show, 5 Guys Named Moe is definitely Ridiculous!!! This cast of six will keep you entertained. Anthony Mincey (Big Moe), Eugene Lindsey (Nomax), Steve Anderson Jr. (Lil’ Moe), Reese Dickerson (Four-Eyed Moe), Jerald Wheat (Eat Moe), and Bennett (No Moe) voices have it all. Determination, grit, infatuation, passion, and sustenance resonated in all their deliveries. Audience goes described them as hard workers. Let’s not leave out the word the best fitting word. GREAT!
The cast’s high stepping antics and falsetto singing is fueled by a band with mad, mad skills. Bryant Miano, Landon Baker, Damon Martin, Mike Ulmer, Daniel Dickinson, and Stephen Justice rendered every note in Jordan fashion. Audiences couldn’t help but emerge themselves in to a hand clapping, foot-tapping antics during this multimedia experience. Broadway stages have noting on Players By The Sea. The cast and crew worked their theatre magic in this production.
Local director Alejandro Rodriguez directs this blues extravaganza. Rodriguez a Pelican Award for Outstanding Choreography. He is joined by musical director Bryant Miano. Miano won the PBTS Pelican Award for Outstanding Musical Director. Miano and Rodriguez collaborate with Lindsay Curry (Stage Manager), Jim Wiggins (Technical Director), and Brian Grant (Production Manager) to create a multimedia tryst for the soul.
This cast of six handsome men woo audiences with their renditions of Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens, Baby, It’s Cold Outside Beware Brother Beware, Early In the Morning, Five Guys Named Moe, I like’em Fat Like That, Messy Bessy, Pettin’ and Pokin, Life is So Peculiar, and Don’t Let the Sun catch You Crying. There were many more but you get so caught up in the cast that melodies sneak by you. The band’s musical renditions rivaled Louis Jordan’s video backdrop performances.
Northeast Florida, enjoy 5 Guys Named Moe while you can. The show only plays at Jacksonville Beach theatre until January 19, 2012. This is the show to see. Don’t take my word for it. Get your tickets for 5 Guys named Moe.