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Updated: 04/02/2014 08:00:03AM

‘Five Guys Named Moe’ takes over Venice Theatre’s MainStage

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Bradley Small as Nomax gets advice about his love life from five guys named Moe (Standing: Sean London Young, Edward Watson and Don Seward. Kneeling: Kristofer Geddie and Brandon Michael Fleming).

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Five Guys Named Moe, an exuberant tribute to the music of rhythm and blues pioneer and alto saxophonist Louis Jordan, opened April 1 on Venice Theatre’s MainStage. The musical runs through Saturday, April 19. (There is no show on Easter Sunday.) Performances are at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $20-$28 for adults, $10-$15 for students, and are available now at the theatre’s box office, online at or by phone at 941-488-1115. A special shoulder-season rate of $20 is available (not online) during the first week of the show. Discounted rates are available for groups of 20 or more.

Directed and choreographed by Brad Wages with musical direction by Michelle Kasanofsky, “Five Guys Named Moe” is built around an energetic quintet of zoot-suited singers named Moe who emerge in a puff of smoke from a radio to offer advice to a lovesick young man named Nomax. Four of the five guys are played by Venice Theatre veterans Edwin Watson (Smokey Joe’s Café, Crowns); Kristofer Geddie (Ragtime, Smokey Joe’s Café and numerous other VT credits); Brandon Michael Fleming (Ragtime, Superior Donuts, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and others); and Sean London Young (Ragtime, Hairspray, and Hello Dolly to name a few). Don Seward and Bradley Small are making their Venice Theatre debuts.

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