The Last Five Years


“The Last Five Years” is a poignant and unconventional musical that explores the five-year relationship between Jamie Wellerstein, a rising novelist, and Cathy Hiatt, an aspiring actress. The narrative unfolds through a unique storytelling device where Jamie’s perspective is told in chronological order from the beginning of their romance to its end, while Cathy’s perspective is presented in reverse chronological order, starting from the dissolution of their marriage and moving backward to their first meeting. Through a series of solo songs, duets, and minimal dialogue, the audience witnesses the joys, struggles, and ultimately the heartbreak that define their relationship, offering a raw and intimate portrayal of love, ambition, and the passage of time.

As Jamie and Cathy’s stories intersect and diverge, audiences are taken on an emotional rollercoaster ride, experiencing the highs of newfound love and the lows of disillusionment and betrayal. Jason Robert Brown’s stirring music and lyrics delve deep into the complexities of human connection, illuminating the universal themes of love, loss, and the search for identity. “The Last Five Years” is a compelling exploration of the intricacies of modern relationships, leaving audiences captivated by its honesty, vulnerability, and haunting melodies long after the final curtain falls.



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