Jason Robert Brown’s ‘The Last Five Years’, presented by Blunt Fringe Productions, at the Lyric Theatre Belfast 24th June – 4th July 2015.
This is a beautiful, emotionally powerful musical about Jamie, a talented up and coming novelist who falls in love with Cathy, a struggling actress and takes place over a five year period. Their story is told entirely through songs but with a clever device; all of Cathy’s songs begin at the end of their marriage and move backwards in time while Jamie’s songs start at the beginning of their affair and move forward to the end of their marriage.
They physically meet on stage only once, at their wedding. The show opened off-Broadway in 2002 and that year won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics. A film adaptation starring Oscar nominated Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan was released in the US in February 2015, and the movie will receive an exclusive two-week theatrical run at The Empire Leicester Square from 17 April.
Starring Fra Fee (Les Miserables, Follies, Candide, Dirty Dancing) and Laura Tebbutt (The Wizard of Oz, Les Miserables). Directed by Stephen Whitson (currently Associate Director for Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Barnum). Musical Direction by Mark McGrath and designed by Conleth White.