At once uplifting, heart-wrenching and honest, THE LAST FIVE YEARS is a soaring musical journey that will sweep you up and take you along for the ride.

★★★★★ “Compelling… exhilarating” THE STAGE UK,
★★★★ “Catchy, surprising” TIME OUT NEW YORK

Overview

Two young and ambitious New Yorkers. Cathy is an actor. Jamie is a writer. They fall in love and dive head first into a relationship. What could possibly go wrong?

Brilliantly funny, playful and tender, THE LAST FIVE YEARS chronicles the couple’s passionate romance from both perspectives: Jamie from the beginning with all the optimism of young love, looking to the future; Cathy with the hurt and disappointment of its end, looking backwards. Somewhere in between their story overlaps.

An Off-Broadway hit written and composed by Tony Award-winner Jason Robert Brown, THE LAST FIVE YEARS has developed a cult following worldwide with its extraordinary ability to express universal feelings of love and heartbreak into a deeply affecting and intimate musical. With a beautiful, witty and emotionally powerful score that will hook you from the first note, this new production features the incomparable talents of Elise McCann as Cathy (Miss Honey – MATILDA THE MUSICAL) and Christian Charisiou (Hayes Theatre’s CRY BABY).

At once uplifting, heart-wrenching and honest, THE LAST FIVE YEARS is a soaring musical journey that will sweep you up and take you along for the ride. Don’t miss it.

Winner of the 2002 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics

Originally produced for the New York stage by Arielle Tepper and Marty Bell
Originally produced by Northlight Theatre Chicago, IL
Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia). All performance materials supplied by Hal Leonard Australia

Calendar
29 Mar 2019 8:15 pm
30 Mar 2019 2:00 pm
30 Mar 2019 5:00 pm
31 Mar 2019 5:00 pm
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02 Apr 2019 11:00 am
02 Apr 2019 6:15 pm
03 Apr 2019 8:15 pm
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04 Apr 2019 11:00 am
04 Apr 2019 6:15 pm
05 Apr 2019 8:15 pm
06 Apr 2019 2:00 pm
07 Apr 2019 5:00 pm
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09 Apr 2019 8:15 pm
10 Apr 2019 11:00 am
10 Apr 2019 8:15 pm
Q&A
11 Apr 2019 8:15 pm
12 Apr 2019 11:00 am
12 Apr 2019 6:15 pm
13 Apr 2019 8:15 pm
14 Apr 2019 2:00 pm
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16 Apr 2019 8:15 pm
17 Apr 2019 11:00 am
17 Apr 2019 6:15 pm
Free Teen
18 Apr 2019 8:15 pm
20 Apr 2019 5:00 pm
20 Apr 2019 8:15 pm
23 Apr 2019 11:00 am
Q&AAudio Described
24 Apr 2019 8:15 pm
26 Apr 2019 8:15 pm
27 Apr 2019 5:00 pm
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27 Apr 2019 8:15 pm
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Reviews

“A play to fall in love with… exhilaration so intense it brings tears of joy.” The Chicago Tribune

★★★★ “Deftly combining broadway and pop influences into music that is catchy, surprising and character-specific.” Time Out

★★★★★ "Compelling... exhilarating" The Stage UK

Cast & Creatives
Jason Robert Brown

Jason Robert Brown

Writer / Composer

Elsie Edgerton-Till

Elsie Edgerton-Till

Director

Daryl Wallis

Daryl Wallis

Musical Director

Christian Charisiou

Christian Charisiou

Cast

Elise McCann

Elise McCann

Cast

Michael Scott-Mitchell

Michael Scott-Mitchell

Set Designer

Genevieve Graham

Genevieve Graham

Costume Designer

Karen Norris

Karen Norris

Lighting Designer

Daniella Lacob

Daniella Lacob

Choreographer

Hannah Lobelson

Hannah Lobelson

Costume Supervisor

Lauren Tulloh

Lauren Tulloh

Stage Manager

Alira McKenzie-Williams

Alira McKenzie-Williams

Assistant Stage Manager

Jessica Legg

Jessica Legg

Sound Operator

DIRECTOR'S NOTE

Jason Robert Brown’s masterful and well loved work chapters the relationship of Cathy and Jamie over five years. However, events do not unfold in a linear progression of time: Jamie’s story is told from first kiss to last goodbye, while Cathy’s journey starts with the breakup and ends with that first kiss.

In crafting the narrative in this way, Jason Robert Brown illuminates the many missed moments of connection that change this sweeping love story to one of disconnection, heartbreak and loss.

Under the watchful eye of time, these two characters sail past each other, like ships in the night.

This production would be nothing without the leadership of our musical director, Daryl Wallis. His expert ear and eye have been integral to our work.

I would like to thank my sublime cast, capital creative and production teams for bringing the world and music of the THE LAST FIVE YEARS to life.

Elsie Edgerton-Till – Director

MUSICAL DIRECTOR'S NOTE

The musicals of Jason Robert Brown are performed infrequently in Australia, but as a musical director I would often come across individual songs in cabarets and auditions, and beyond the unique fusion of pop, gospel and musical theatre idioms, one common feature was often a fiendishly difficult piano accompaniment.

Robert Brown writes – “I’m not trying to be coy, I know it drives the best pianists in the world insane, but I guess part of the story is that I’m such a weird and idiosyncratic player that what I write feels very natural to me and feels completely bizarre to other pianists.”

In THE LAST FIVE YEARS he brings these idiosyncrasies to bear on a range on influences. “Joni Mitchell (particularly ‘Hejira’ and ‘Hissing of Summer Lawns’), Billy Joel, Sondheim, Paul Simon, Shawn Colvin, lots of traditional Irish and Jewish music, a million other things.” But once the notes are in the fingers, the virtuosic singing parts nailed, and the groove locks into place…there’s no better feeling in the world.

Daryl Wallis – Musical Director

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