The modern musical ingeniously chronicles the five-year relationship between Jamie Wellerstein, a rising novelist, and Cathy Hyatt, a struggling actress. An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two young New Yorkers who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. The story is told almost entirely through song and the show's unconventional structure consists of Cathy telling her story backwards while Jamie tells his story chronologically; the two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show.
Jason Robert Brown's Drama Desk winner The Last Five Years has been translated into a handful of languages and was named one of Time Magazine's 10 best shows of 2001. A testament to the show's longevity and spurred by the show's regional popularity, The Last Five Years enjoyed an Off-Broadway revival at Second Stage in 2013. A film adaptation is being released in 2014 starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.
"Brimming with persistent melodies, throughout lyrics and a heartfelt, compelling story." –Associated Press
"[Jason Robert Brown] turns a modest, 80-minute, two-character musical into a richly satisfying emotional journey." –Time Magazine
"I can't think of any better way to celebrate the arrival of spring than by spending 90 exhilarating minutes with The Last Five Years, Jason Robert Brown's giddily sorrowful eulogy for a brief marriage." –Bloomberg News
"It's instantly clear […] that this poignant, richly dramatic and piercingly honest two-character show is destined to be a hit." –The Chicago Sun-Times
"Jaw-dropping! A gem of a show from Jason Robert Brown." –New York Magazine