The Last Five Years

Fall 2008
The Last Five Years
Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown

Directed by Bryan Botti

Take your time.
Time travels in opposite directions in Jason Robert Brown's two-person musical, The Last Five Years, which presents the tale of Jamie and Cathy's ill-fated relationship from both characters' point-of-view.
The characters alternate their sung monologues; Jamie, traveling chronologically through time, and Cathy, reviewing their relationship from its final moment to its first, meet face to face halfway through the play, at their wedding, and share only that one moment together in time.
With brilliant lyrics and score, The Last Five Years is an incisive, funny, and sad character study that captures all the highs and lows of being in love and questions Tennyson’s famous couplet of whether:

“'Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.”

-In Memoriam, 1850