The Last Five Years

The Last Five Years

Category
Musical
Number of Acts:
1 Act
First Produced:
2001
Genres
Drama, Romance
Settings
Simple/No Set
Time & Place
contemporary
Cast Size
small
Orchestra Size
Small
Dancing
None
Ideal For
college, community, small venue, small company
Casting Notes:

Includes adult characters

Synopsis

Drama Desk winner The Last Five Years is Jason Robert Brown’s intimate window into a couple’s doomed marriage.  Cathy, a struggling actress, and Jamie, a budding novelist on the brink of wild success, are 20-somethings in New York who meet, fall in love, marry, and divorce over the span of five years.  Cathy tells the story from the end of their marriage; Jamie begins from when they first meet.  As the musical unfolds, Cathy moves backward in time to the beginning of the relationship as Jamie moves toward the end; they meet only once, in the middle, at their wedding.  Since its Off-Broadway premiere in 2002, Brown’s funny, poignant, and devastatingly honest two-person production has enraptured audiences around the world with its spellbinding and emotional score and libretto.

Characters

Female

Lead

Mezzo-Soprano

Male

Lead

Tenor



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