Directed by JOHN SWEENEY
Music Direction by ANNE PUZEY
ERIN ROYALL CARLSON as Cathy Hiatt
RHETT RICHINS as Jamie Wellerstein
You will fall in love with Jamie Wellerstein and Cathy Hiatt as they recount their love story.
Jamie is a young, talented up-and-coming Jewish novelist who falls in love with Cathy, a struggling actress — and shiksa goddess. “The Last 5 Years” tells the story of Jamie and Cathy, two New Yorkers who fall in and out of love over the course of five years.
An emotionally powerful and intimate musical by the Tony award-winning composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown, “The Last 5 Years” is a story told nearly entirely through songs using an intercutting timeline device. All of Cathy’s songs begin at the end of their marriage and move backwards in time to the beginning of their love affair. Jamie’s songs start at the beginning of their affair and move forward to the end of their marriage. They meet in the center when Jamie proposes.
“Brimming with persistent melodies, thoughtful lyrics and a heartfelt, compelling story.”—Associated Press
“Brown writes musicals that work for people who don’t necessarily like musicals. The arrangements are intuitive, the lyrics straightforward and conversational, giving the impression that in emotionally pitched situations, characters have intuitively stepped up from speaking to song.”—Variety