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Five Guys Named Moe (Susan Elkin reviews)

Five Guys Named Moe continues at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London until 16 January 2021.

Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩

First produced in 1990 (at Stratford East and then the Lyric in Shaftesbury Avenue), this show still gleams, 32 years later – especially in the intimate traverse space of Upstairs at the Gatehouse.

Yes, it’s a jukebox musical (featuring the hits of Louis Jordan and other music) and yes, the framing narrative is feeble but with a cast as committedly energetic as this and a fine five-piece band (MD is Griffin Jenkins) on view at one end of the stage, it becomes a compelling piece of entertainment.

Nomax (Juan Jackson) has made a mess of the relationship with his girlfriend and turned to drink for comfort. Then five all-singing, all-dancing chaps emerge from the radio to sort him out. Not much of a plot but never mind …

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Susan Elkin Susan Elkin is an education journalist, author and former secondary teacher of English. She was Education and Training Editor at The Stage from 2005 - 2016
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