The final production of Super Summer Theatre’s 36th season debuted on Thursday, September 8th and the title delivers all five guys in a jazzy, bluesy, swing-y 90-minute musical.
Each Moe has his own distinct personality. There’s Big Moe, Little Moe, Eat Moe, No Moe and Four-Eyed Moe. They will tell you all about womenfolk, brother. Are you gonna listen?
NoMax doesn’t want to, at first. But the five guys won’t take no for an answer. With songs of advice sung individually and in unison, they sing and dance NoMax from down in the dumps to up in the air. The audience gets to join in the fun as well.
NoMax (Brent Roberts) is in a slump, newly estranged from his girlfriend and moping around his front porch when he finds a magical radio in the trash. The five Moes spring from the music and transform NoMax from a cynical loiterer to a young man with renewed hope in romance and life in general.
To do this, Big Moe (Carnell “CJ” Johnson) starts with “Beware, Brother, Beware,” all about the dangers of dealing with women. Four-Eyed Moe (Quavail Leontay) counters with “I Like ‘Em Fat Like That,” while Eat Moe (Rich Frieson) adds his opinion of a woman named “Messy Bessy.”
No Moe (Robert L. West III) croons ballads like “I Know What I’ve Got” and “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying.” Little Moe (Keith Dotson) leads the humorously romantic “Azure Te” and the rousing “Saturday Night Fish Fry.”
Most of Act 2 takes place in a Cabaret populated by members of the audience. The “Push Ka Pi Shi Pie” number snags a good portion of the crowd into a lively conga line that the entire cast joins. Every one of the participants gets a moment on stage, interspersed with the dynamic female ensemble (Afton A. Garrett, Taylor Henderson, and Misty West).
At some point during the festivities, NoMax’s relationship blues are overturned by the Moes’ exciting and vivacious influence. He and the five guys electrify the stage, whether disagreeing, harmonizing or trying to outdo each other with dance steps and shenanigans like “Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens.” Look for giant chicken heads on three of the Moes.
Director Steve Huntsman also did the set and costume design for this Broadway caliber production. You may remember him as the director of the fabulous Once on this Island, the exotic AIDA, and the high energy Damn Yankees, all Super Summer Theatre productions. Huntsman’s touch takes the Super and turns it into Superior.
The excellent band consists of Conductor Daniel “Big Daddy D” on piano, Mark Ruben on bass, Joel Richman on drums, Russ Burt on reed, (saxophone) Dave Jackson on trombone, and Mitch Gable on trumpet. The sextet are integral characters throughout the production, but are especially highlighted onstage during the second act.
Aside from NoMax, Five Guys Named Moe can work its magic on anyone. Just try to sit through the performance without moving something, or without shouting out an answer to a musical question. By night’s end even the shy and the quiet will be calling for some Moe (and Moe and Moe and Moe and Moe).
About Super Summer Theatre ’11:
Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the gate, and can be purchased at the UNLV Performing Arts Box Office, UNLV ticket kiosks at Town Square, Prestige Travel at Lake Mead and Rampart, or online at unlvtickets.com
Guests may bring a blanket or chair for use in general-admission grass seating, suitable for enjoying a picnic or treats from the very reasonably priced concession stand which stays open until 9:00 p.m.
Gates open at 6 p.m. Performances run Thursday through Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. Please Note: Clarke Peters’ Five Guys Named Moe is the final show for the 2011 Season
Spring Mountain Ranch is located 10 miles west of the Charleston/215 exit.
For further information:
Super Summer Theatre
P.O. Box 81947
Las Vegas, NV 89180
(702) 594-PLAY (7529)