There are times when you just want to have a fun night out, and see a very entertaining show. Five Guys Named Moe, CATCO’s current musical, is definitely a show that you will want to see for an entertaining night out.
Five Guys Named Moe doesn’t have an overly complex story, but that makes for a refreshing change. The musical follows Nomax, who is recently having some relationship trouble due to his girlfriend leaving him. While he contemplates his “blues” about this, a jazz and blues band called Five Guys Named Moe show up to help him out. Nomax tries to get them to leave him alone, but the five Moes—No Moe, Little Moe, Big Moe, Eat Moe, and Four Eyed Moe—insist on giving him, and the audience, a little bit of relationship advice.
The musical features the Greatest Hits of Louis Jordan and encourages audience participation. On more than one occasion, the cast went to perform in the audience, or selected members of the audience to draw attention to in particular songs. At one point, we were all given the words to the chorus of a song and told to sing along, only to then have a handful of us pulled up on stage for a conga line. There was never a dull moment in the audience participation and I found myself almost in tears with laughter at times.
The cast of Five Guys Named Moe is fantastic. Playing the only character who doesn’t have “Moe” somewhere in his name, Kevin Ferguson as Nomax was great. There is a large emotional arch for this character as he tries to figure out his relationship troubles and face his drinking problem, and Ferguson plays this brilliantly. As the five Moes, Terrence Brian Brown, Franklin Grace, Japheal Bondurant, Troy Anthony Harris, and LaRon Lee Hudson (No Moe, Little Moe, Eat Moe, Big Moe, and Four Eyed Moe respectively) are all hilarious and have amazing singing talent. The whole group of them are impressive, both together and individually, and kept the audience laughing throughout the show. There’s no question how much fun they’re having on the stage.
The show isn’t overly complicated, which is nice, and it’s flat-out funny most of the time, which is simply entertaining. The story is relatively easy to follow, the audience participation makes the time fly by, and all in all the musical as a whole just makes for a fun night of theatre. It’s a show I would definitely recommend checking out before it ends on May 26.