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The Last Five Years
2002 Album Cover
Music Jason Robert Brown
Lyrics Jason Robert Brown
Book Jason Robert Brown
Productions 2001 Chicago

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The Last Five Years is a one act musical written by Jason Robert Brown. It premiered in Chicago in 2001 and was then produced off-Broadway in March of 2002 . Since then it has enjoyed numerous productions internationally. A one act play, or more commonly one act, or one-act, is a short play that takes place in one act or scene, as opposed to plays that take place over a number of scenes in one or more acts. ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theatre combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... Jason Robert Brown (born 1970 in Ossining, New York) is an American musical theater composer and lyricist. ... Off-Broadway plays or musicals are performed in New York City in smaller theatres than Broadway, but larger than Off-Off-Broadway, productions. ...


The story explores a five-year relationship between Jamie Wellerstein, a rising novelist, and Cathy Hiatt, a struggling actress. The show uses a novel form of storytelling in which Cathy travels backwards in time (beginning the show at the end of the marriage), and Jamie travels forwards (starting with the couple's first date). The songs are presented as soliloquies, except for a wedding song in the middle, where the two characters share a duet. Sometimes the show is performed in such a way that Jamie and Cathy only interact during their wedding. Soliloquy is an audible oratory or conversation with oneself. ... Duet may refer to: Duet, musical form Duet, Fox sitcom This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...

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Synopsis

The musical begins with Cathy sitting alone in her apartment, lamenting the end of her marriage to Jamie, who has just moved out ("Still Hurting"). As she finishes her song, Jamie appears. It is five years earlier and he is on their first date. We learn that Jamie is Jewish and Cathy is not. Though Jamie claims that "the JCC of Spring Valley is shaking and crumbling to the ground," he is completely smitten with her ("Shiksa Goddess"), since he feels as though he has already met every single Jewish girl in New York. The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination... A Jewish Community Center is a general recreational, social and fraternal organization serving the Jewish community in a number of cities. ...


The scene then switches to Cathy sitting on a pier in Ohio with Jamie, who has come to visit her for her birthday while she does summer stock theatre ("See I'm Smiling"). It is clear that she is not happy about spending her time away from Jamie and is enthusiastic about fixing their marriage. She becomes very angry when Jamie announces that he has to return to New York. They argue, and Cathy accuses Jamie of adultery. She claims that he spends all of his time thinking only of "you and you and nothing but you." During interludes in the music, Jamie, several years earlier, talks to a literary agent about the book he has just written. His future looks promising. Summer Stock is an MGM musical made in 1950. ... “NY” redirects here. ... Adultery is voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a partner other than the lawful spouse. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


When Cathy finishes her rant, Jamie tells a friend that he is moving in with Cathy. Everything seems to be going right for him; his book is being published and the Atlantic Monthly is printing the first chapter. Even though his work and his relationship with Cathy seem to have taken on lives of their own, he's too happy to get worried ("Moving Too Fast"). Cathy, meanwhile, is making calls to her agent. Though we only hear her side of the conversation, it is obvious that she is struggling with her career. The Atlantic Monthly (also known as The Atlantic) is an American literary/cultural magazine that was founded in November 1857. ...


Cathy sits at Jamie's book signing party. She sings about her life with him, asserting that even though he often obsesses over his writing and ignores her, she is terribly in love with him ("A Part of That"). Cathy confesses that she does not act independently anymore, but instead follows in his footsteps.


Jamie, back in the past, is celebrating his first Christmas with Cathy. He tells her a fable about an old tailor named Schmuel who has an encounter one night in his shop with a magical clock. He points out parallels between Schmuel and Cathy, encouraging her to take some initiative with her acting, to "unlock the dreams you've lost". He then presents Cathy with her Christmas present—a watch and a copy of Backstage Magazine ("The Schmuel Song"). Christmas is an annual holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus. ... For a comparison of fable with other kinds of stories, see Myth, legend, fairy tale, and fable. ...


Cathy sits in Ohio and writes a letter to Jamie. They have just been married and she is missing him dreadfully. She tells Jamie that she is going crazy in Ohio among her eccentric cast members, tortured by life without him ("A Summer in Ohio").


In the next scene, Jamie is sitting with Cathy in a boat on the lake in Central Park. He is with Cathy and they are looking at apartment buildings. He proposes. Cathy enters, the first time they have shared the stage. She is wearing a wedding dress. He presents her with the engagement ring and, for the first and only time in the musical, they sing together ("The Next Ten Minutes"). They exchange vows and rings, promising to stay together "for the next ten lifetimes." According to the stage direction, "they kiss, each holding on for as long as possible, as if perhaps they knew they didn't have long to go."[1] They share a tender moment, and then Jamie escorts Cathy to the rowboat, where she has the other side of the conversation that Jamie had before the music started. Jamie watches her go. Central Park is a large public, urban park (843 acres, 3. ... Fiance and Fiancee redirect here. ... A vow (Lat. ... The GB coxless pair of Toby Garbett & Rick Dunn at Henley Royal Regatta 2004. ...


The newlywed Jamie is facing some temptation issues. He feels like his is constantly bombarded by attractive women, especially since his writing career has taken off ("A Miracle Would Happen"). Cathy, meanwhile, embarks on a series of auditions for the job in Ohio ("When You Come Home to Me"). She is frustrated with the audition process and discusses her sense of inadequacy with her father ("Climbing Uphill"). This page is a candidate to be moved to Wiktionary. ... A temptation is an act that looks appealing to an individual. ... Audition can refer to: The sense of hearing The audio editing software Adobe Audition ...


Jamie, on the phone with Cathy, does his level best to convince his wife that his editor, Elise, is just a colleague. Cathy, apparently, doesn't buy it. Jamie wants to celebrate a book review by John Updike in The New Yorker, but Cathy isn't in the mood to go out. She sings passionately about her desire to be independent, refusing to "trot along at the genius's heels." Editing may also refer to audio editing or film editing. ... John Hoyer Updike (born March 18, 1932 in Shillington, Pennsylvania) is an American writer. ... The New Yorker is an American magazine that publishes reportage, criticism, essays, cartoons, poetry and fiction. ...


Jamie is reading an excerpt of his book, Swimming. It is obviously about his relationship with Cathy, a very sweet story that nonetheless foreshadows the ultimate demise of their marriage. In the next scene, Jamie is fighting passionately with Cathy. It is toward the end of their relationship and he is trying desperately to just get her to listen to him. He wonders aloud if they will ever get to the point where things are easy, where there aren't so many obstacles facing their marriage. He calls her out on being unsupportive of his career just because hers is failing. Though his words are harsh, he promises her that he believes in her unconditionally, and that if he didn't, he wouldn't love her ("If I Didn't Believe in You").


Now reaching the beginning of their relationship, Cathy is driving Jamie to her parents' house ("I Can Do Better Than That"). She tells him about her past, including her best friend who got pregnant in high school and a guy who broke up with her in a letter. She tells Jamie that he doesn't have to change anything, he just has to stay with her. She excitedly tells him that she wants nothing more than "you and you and nothing but you" and asks him to move in with her. A pregnant woman Pregnancy is the process by which a mammalian female carries a live offspring from conception until it develops to the point where the offspring is capable of living outside the womb. ...


Jamie wakes up in the apartment. He is not alone. Cathy is in Ohio, and Jamie is with a woman (presumably his editor, Elise) in their house ("Nobody Needs to Know"). He tries to defend his actions and blames Cathy for destroying his privacy and their "perfectly balanced" relationship. Jamie promises not to lie to this woman and tells her, just as he told Cathy in "Shiksa Goddess," that "I could be in love with someone like you."


Cathy is at the end of her first date with Jamie. She is giddy as she sings, saying goodbye to him ("Goodbye Until Tomorrow"). She proclaims that she has been waiting for Jamie her whole life and is ready for this romance. Jamie appears, writing a farewell note to Cathy in their apartment, telling her that he couldn't be the knight in shining armor she expected him to be ("I Could Never Rescue You"). He says to her, "all I could do was love you hard, and let you go". Their vocals are harmonized, and the music ends with them saying goodbye. Cathy will wait for his phone call; Jamie says his final goodbye.


Music

Critics have praised the music as creative.[citation needed] The characters' introspective lyrics evoke the work of Stephen Sondheim.[citation needed] The musical style draws on a number of musical genres, including pop, jazz, and classical, klezmer, Latin, Rock, and Folk. The orchestration consists of piano, guitar, bass, two cellos, and a violin. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... Classical music is a broad, somewhat imprecise term, referring to music produced in, or rooted in the traditions of, European art, ecclesiastical and concert music, encompassing a broad period from roughly 1000 to the present day. ... Klezmer (from Yiddish כּלי־זמיר, etymologically from Hebrew kli zemer כלי זמר, musical instrument) is a musical tradition which parallels Hasidic and Ashkenazic Judaism. ... Latin American music, or the music of Latin America, is sometimes called Latin music. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Folk music can have a number of different meanings, including: Traditional music: The original meaning of the term folk music was synonymous with the term Traditional music, also often including World Music and Roots music; the term Traditional music was given its more specific meaning to distinguish it from the... A short grand piano, with the top up. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... The violoncello, usually abbreviated to cello, or cello (the c is pronounced as in the ch of check), is a bowed stringed instrument, a member of the violin family. ... The violin is a bowed string instrument with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. ...


The songs, in order, are:

  1. "Still Hurting" (Cathy)
  2. "Shiksa Goddess" (Jamie) *Replaced "I Could Be in Love With Someone Like You" from the Chicago production
  3. "See I'm Smiling" (Cathy)
  4. "Moving Too Fast" (Jamie)
  5. "Part of That" (Cathy)
  6. "The Schmuel Song" (Jamie)
  7. "A Summer in Ohio" (Cathy)
  8. "The Next Ten Minutes" (Jamie & Cathy)
  9. "A Miracle Would Happen/When You Come Home to Me" (Jamie/Cathy)
  10. "Climbing Uphill/Audition Sequence" (Cathy)
  11. "If I Didn't Believe in You" (Jamie)
  12. "I Can Do Better Than That" (Cathy)
  13. "Nobody Needs to Know" (Jamie)
  14. "Goodbye Until Tomorrow/I Could Never Rescue You" (Cathy/Jamie)

Production history

Original Chicago production

The show debuted at Northlight Theatre in Skokie, Illinois in 2001. The production starred Lauren Kennedy as Kathy and Norbert Leo Butz as Jamie. Lauren Kennedy is an actress and a singer who has most recently been seen in Monty Pythons Spamalot on Broadway. ... Norbert Leo Butz is an American stage actor. ...


However due to the fact Kennedy wished to pursue a role in South Pacific she was replaced by Sherie Rene Scott. Therefore Scott was the one who did the vocals on the cast recording. The South Pacific is an area in the southern Pacific Ocean. ... Sherie René Scott is a well-acclaimed American actress and singer. ...


The show received a 2002 Drama Desk Award for outstanding music and lyrics. Created in 1955, the Drama Desk Award was created to recognize Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway shows in addition to Broadway shows. ...


Others

Dallas

The production premiered February 8, 2007 at the Labyrinth Theatre[2]. Kathy was played by Kimberly Whalen and Jamie was played by Theo Wischhusen. Stephanie Wulfe-Epstein was Director, Tim Hyman was musical director, Kevin Ash and Jared Culpepper were stage managers.

Germany

The original German-language production premiered in Wuppertal, Germany on June 18, 2005 at the Rex-Theater. Jamie was played by Patrick Stanke, and Cathy by Charlotte Heinke. Daniel Witzke and Christoph Drewitz directed. The translation was provided by Wolfgang Adenberg. is the 169th day of the year (170th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

London

The original London production at the Menier Chocolate Factory Theatre[3], running from the 18th July running till the 30th September 2006. The cast included Damian Humbley as Jamie[4] and Lara Pulver as Cathy.[5]


A new production [6] of The Last Five Years previewed at the Apollo Theatre in the West End on 3 August 2007 before playing a limited run at Pleasance Theatre as part of the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The cast included Nadim Naaman and Hannah Wilding. is the 215th day of the year (216th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...

Brisbane, Australia

The Queensland premiere production ran from 9th to 12th May 2007 in Brisbane, Australia and starred Luke Kennedy and Naomi Price. It was directed by Tim O'Connor, music directed by Dale Lingwood and designed by Josh McIntosh. It was produced by Oscar Theatre Company [7] for The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts. 9 (nine) is the natural number following 8 and preceding 10. ... (Redirected from 12th May) May 12 is the 132nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (133rd in leap years). ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Brisbane (pronounced ) is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of Queensland, as well as the third largest city in Australia. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... The Oscar Theatre Company is one of Australias theatre companies operating in Brisbane. ...

Melboune, Australia

The production ran from 31 August to 17 September 2006 in Melbourne, Australia and starred Matt Hetherington and Laura Fitzpatrick. Directed by Peter Fitzpatrick and musical direction by Vicky Jacobs. is the 242nd day of the year (243rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Melbourne (pronounced ) is the second most populous city in Australia, with a metropolitan area population of approximately 3. ...

Greece

The production premiered in June 2006 at the Amerikaniko Kollegio, Athens. Musical Director Nassos Sopilis[8], Director Stratos Sopilis, Vocal Coaching/piano Matheson Bayley [9] and dance and movement Cindi Trent.
Christos Alexandrou [10] played the role of Jamie Wellerstein and Anna-Mari Aronis the role of Cathy Hyatt

Mexico

The production premiered in October 2006 at the Metropolitano Museum, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Luis Arrambide played the role of Jamie Wellerstein and Paloma Cordero the role of Cathy Hyatt. Translated and directed by Jaime Lozano.

Philippines

The production ran from 29 August to 14 September 2003 in Makati City, Philippines and starred Audie Gemora and Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo. The show was directed by Bart Guingona. is the 241st day of the year (242nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 257th day of the year (258th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

British Colombia, Canada

The Roaring Lion Theatre Collective presented The Last 5 Years from September 18 - October 5, 2003 at the Firehall Arts Centre in Vancouver. Directed by Kendra Fanconi. Starring Matt Palmer and Barabara Tomasic. Music Direction by Wendy Bross Stuart. Violin - Gillian Hunter, Cello - Cecilia Cheung, Bass - Mariel Lavieri, Guitar - Shane Dagan.


The production ran from 22 February to 3 March 2007 in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada at the Sagebrush Theatre.[11] Neil Minor played Jamie and Meghan Gardiner played Cathy. The piano was played by Courtenay Ennis, Violin by Cvetozar Vutev, and Cello by Jane Phillips. is the 53rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 62nd day of the year (63rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...

Hungary

The Last Five Years opened in Budapest on 5th January, 2007 at the Palace of Arts. Cathy was played by Andrea Malek and Jamie was played by Iván Kamarás. The show was directed by György Böhm and it ran for five performances in January, returning for three more in June, 2007. In September, 2007 it moves over to another venue as a repertory piece, for two-three performances a month.

The Netherlands.

Ara Halici and Brigit Schuurman play the parts in the Dutch version of the Last Five Years. It's translated by Allard Blom and directed by Maarten Mourik. This musical had very loving reviews.


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