Five Guys Named Moe based on the music of Louis Jordan recently opened at Atlanta’s Theatrical Outfit and I dare you to not join in the revelry (they like to get the audience involved) – or at the very least, leave the theatre without beaming.
This was my first time seeing a show at the Theatrical Outfit. So, if you are like me – a long time Atlanta resident, you may be surprised to learn of this lovely playhouse downtown. It’s worth noting the theatre’s history. The playhouse began as a restaurant – named Herren’s it was the first restaurant in Atlanta to voluntarily desegregate in 1962, and is the first U.S. theater to achieve LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. I had a brief tour from Artistic Director, Tom Key, and he pointed out that the carpet is made entirely of recycled material!
Synopsis: Five Guys Named Moe, begins with our hero, Nomax, broke and broken-hearted listening to the radio in the wee hours of the morning. Out of the radio, five guys named Moe appear. Through Louis Jordan’s jazz and blues hits, the Moes encourage Nomax to turn his life around (stop drinking) and win his girlfriend back.
These five guys are all going to help us lighten up, to let the light in on what’s dark and hard and make easier, better. – Tom Key, Artistic Director
Five Guys Named Moe moved to Broadway in 1992 and was nominated for two Tony Awards. We enjoyed Five Guys Named Moe so much we had to buy tickets for my stepdaughter as well. You can catch Five Guys Named Moe at the Theatrical Downtown from now until June 30th. Tickets are $15 – $45 and plays are at 7:30 Wednesdays – Saturdays, with some matinee performances at 2:30.
Picture credit: BroadwayWorld