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REP to Produce Musical "The Last Five Years"

The Repertory East Playhouse proudly presents the romantic musical The Last Five Years the second show of the 2007 Main Stage season. Sponsored by Dessert Alert, this production is directed by George D. Cummings.A contemporary song-cycle musical that ingeniously chronicles the five year life of a marriage, from meeting to break-up... or from break-up to meeting, depending on how you look at it. Written by Jason Robert Brown (13, Songs For A New World), The Last Five Years is an intensely personal look at the relationship between a writer and an actress told from both points of view.

The show is presented in “forward time” as we follow the story of their relationship from Jamie’s perspective, starting with their first meeting and following through with their wedding and ultimate breakup. At the same time, Cathy relates the story in “reverse” - starting with their breakup and moving backwards in time until their first meeting at the end of the show. Made up mostly of solo turns, with beautiful music and alternately humorous and heartfelt lyrics, it is only in the middle of the show that Jamie and Cathy come together as Jamie proposes and the two are wed.

Musicals about relationships are nothing new, but The Last Five Years manages to reinvent the familiar formula and offers up one of the brightest, freshest scores of the new century.

 

The Last Five Years originated in Chicago and has been a tremendous success worldwide. Jarod Scott and Jill Kocalis play Jamie and Cathy with incredible talent. Hebert Pabon takes on the dual role as Vocal Director and Assistant Director, and choreography is provided by Jan Marie Rennels.

 

The Last Five Years will open with a wine and dessert reception on Friday, March 9th, and will run Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM, Sundays at 2PM until April 7th. Tickets are $15/$17.

Reservations can be made by calling 288-0000 or by going to repeastplayhouse.org.