Musical (2001)

Musique: Jason Robert Brown
Paroles: Jason Robert Brown
Livret: Jason Robert Brown
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The story explores a five-year relationship between Jamie Wellerstein, a rising novelist, and Cathy Hyatt, a struggling actress. The show uses a form of storytelling in which Cathy's story is told in reverse chronological order (beginning the show at the end of the marriage), and Jamie's is told in chronological order (starting just after the couple have first met). The characters do not directly interact except for a wedding song in the middle as their timelines intersect.

Cathy is sitting alone lamenting the end of her marriage ("Still Hurting"). We shift to meet Jamie. It is five years earlier and he has just met Cathy. Jamie is obsessed with his "Shiksa Goddess".
Cathy and Jamie are in Ohio. It is her birthday and he has come to visit her as she works in a show there ("See I'm Smiling"). She is anxious to fix any problems in their marriage but she becomes angry when Jamie tells her he has to go back early to New York. During breaks in the music, we see a younger Jamie, talking to a literary agent about his book. Perhaps his career is about to take off?
Jamie is moving in with Cathy. He comments on how lucky he is that everything is going right for him; his book is being published and his life with Cathy seems too good to be true ("Moving Too Fast"). Elsewhere an older Cathy is making a call to her agent: it seems her career isn't going the way she planned it.
Cathy is attending Jamie's book party. She sings about how he ignores her for his writing but she will always be in love with him ("I'm a Part of That").
Jamie and Cathy celebrate their first Christmas. He tells her a new story he has written about an old tailor named Schmuel and he gives her a Christmas present: a watch ("The Schmuel Song").
Cathy is in Ohio and writing to Jamie. She describes to Jamie her disappointing life in Ohio among her eccentric colleagues ("A Summer in Ohio").
Jamie is sitting with Cathy in Central Park. Jamie proposes to her and, for the first time in the musical, they sing together ("The Next Ten Minutes"). They get married, exchanging vows to stay together forever.
Jamie is facing temptation from other women, especially now his career as a writer has escalated ("A Miracle Would Happen"). Cathy, meanwhile, is auditioning for the job in Ohio ("When You Come Home to Me"). She is getting down about the rejection she faces as an actress and complains to her father ("Climbing Uphill").
Jamie speaks to Cathy on the phone, trying to convince her that there is nothing going on with him and his editor, Elise. He wants to celebrate a book review but Cathy refuses to go out.
Jamie is fighting with Cathy, trying to get her to listen to him. He accuses her of being unsupportive of his career just because hers is failing. Though his words are harsh, he promises her that he believes in her ("If I Didn't Believe in You").
A younger Cathy is in the car with Jamie, who is going to meet her parents. She tells him about her past relationships and hopes not to end up in a small town life like her friend from high school ("I Can Do Better Than That"). She asks Jamie to move in with her.
Near the end of the relationship Jamie wakes up beside another woman ("Nobody Needs to Know"). He tries to defend his actions and blames Cathy for destroying his privacy and their relationship. Jamie promises not to lie to this woman and tells her, that "I could be in love with someone like you," just as he does to Cathy in "Shiksa Goddess."
Cathy is ecstatic after her first date with Jamie. She sings goodbye ("Goodbye Until Tomorrow"). She proclaims that she has been waiting for Jamie her whole life. Simultaneously but five years forward, Jamie sits in their shared apartment writing laments over the relationship ("I Could Never Rescue You"). As Cathy waves Jamie "goodbye until tomorrow", Jamie wishes Cathy simply "goodbye".

In 12/2010, Jason Robert Brown announced on his website that there was interest in a Broadway production.
The story is based on the marriage and divorce of Jason Robert Brown and his first wife.

Original Chicago production
The show debuted at Northlight Theatre in Skokie, Illinois in 2001, running from May–July 1. The production starred Lauren Kennedy as Cathy and Norbert Leo Butz as Jamie. Kennedy had a previous commitment (a role in South Pacific in London) and was replaced by Sherie Rene Scott. Scott, therefore, performed the vocals on the cast recording.

The show opened Off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre on March 3, 2002 and closed May 5, 2002. Directed by Daisy Prince, Butz and Scott again starred. The production won the 2002 Drama Desk Award for outstanding music and lyrics, as well as receiving Drama Desk nominations for Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Actor, Outstanding Actress, Outstanding Orchestrations, and Outstanding Set Design. It also received the Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Actor, and the Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical

Off-Broadway revival
The show will be revived Off-Broadway at the Second Stage Theatre in the spring of 2013 for a limited engagement with Adam Kantor and Betsy Wolfe in the roles of Jamie and Kathy, respectivecly. Brown himself will direct.

The musical style draws on a number of musical genres, including pop, jazz, and classical, klezmer, Latin, Rock, and Folk. The orchestration consists of piano/celesta, guitar, bass, two cellos, and violin.
"Still Hurting" (Cathy)
"Shiksa Goddess" (Jamie) *Replaced "I Could Be in Love With Someone Like You" from the Chicago production
"See I'm Smiling" (Cathy)
"Moving Too Fast" (Jamie)
"I'm A Part of That" (Cathy)
"The Schmuel Song" (Jamie)
"A Summer in Ohio" (Cathy)
"The Next Ten Minutes" (Jamie & Cathy)
"A Miracle Would Happen/When You Come Home to Me" (Jamie/Cathy)
"Climbing Uphill/Audition Sequence" (Cathy)
"If I Didn't Believe in You" (Jamie)
"I Can Do Better Than That" (Cathy)
"Nobody Needs to Know" (Jamie)
"Goodbye Until Tomorrow/I Could Never Rescue You" (Cathy/Jamie)

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Version 1

Last Five Years (The) (2001-05-Northlight Theater-Skokie-Etats-unis)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Northlight Theater (Skokie - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 2 mois
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Première Preview : 01 May 2001
Première: 01 May 2001
Dernière: 01 July 2001
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Version 2

Last Five Years (The) (2002-03-Minetta Lane Theatre-Off Broadway)

Type de série: Original Off-Broadway
Théâtre: Minetta Lane Theatre (Broadway (Off) - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 2 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : 03 March 2002
Première: 03 March 2002
Dernière: 05 May 2002
Mise en scène : Daisy Prince
Chorégraphie : Aucun
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Version 3

Last Five Years (The) (2006-07-Menier Chocolate Factory-London)

Type de série: Original London
Théâtre: Menier Chocolate Factory (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 2 mois 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : 18 July 2006
Première: 18 July 2006
Dernière: 30 September 2006
Mise en scène : Matthew White
Chorégraphie : Sam Spencer-Lane
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Damian Humbley (Jamie Wellerstein), Lara Pulver (Cathy Hyatt)

Version 4

Last Five Years (The) (2007-11-Wiener Kammeroper-Wien)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Wiener Kammeroper (Vienne - Autriche)
Durée : 4 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : 22 November 2007
Première: 22 November 2007
Dernière: 20 December 2007
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Version 5

Last Five Years (The) (2009-05-Duchess Theatre-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Duchess Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée :
Nombre : 7 représentations
Première Preview : 06 May 2009
Première: 06 May 2009
Dernière: 10 May 2009
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Version 6

Last Five Years (The) (2011-02-Tabard Theatre-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Tabard Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : 09 February 2011
Première: 11 February 2011
Dernière: 05 March 2011
Mise en scène : Drew Baker
Chorégraphie : Lee Freeman
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Avec: Christopher Pym (Jamie Wellerstein), Lauren Samuels (Cathy Hyatt)
Commentaires : This revival featured Lauren Samuels, who had come third in the TV competition to find a Dorothy for “The Wizard of Oz”, and had subsequently been snapped up to play Sandy in “Grease” in the West End. By taking on this modest but even more challenging two-hander she earned much respect and great praise for her excellent performance. Both she and Christopher Pym were declared an unqualified success.

Version 7

Last Five Years (The) (2016-10-St James Theatre-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: The Other Palace (Londres - Angleterre)
Salle : Main Theatre
Durée : 4 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : 28 October 2016
Première: 28 October 2016
Dernière: 26 November 2016
Mise en scène : Jason Robert Brown
Chorégraphie :
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Star(s) :
Avec: Samantha Barks (Cathy), Jonathan Bailey (Jamie)

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