Second Stage Extends THE LAST FIVE YEARS Again Through 5/18
Second Stage Theatre's acclaimed production of Jason Robert Brown's musical, The Last Five Years, has received a third and final one-week extension, and will now end its run on Saturday, May 18. The musical has broken box office records for the off-Broadway institution and ranks among the longest-running productions in Second Stage's 34 year history.
Starring Adam Kantor and Betsy Wolfe, the beloved two-character musical, which has received more than 500 regional productions and 3,000 performances around the world, has returned to New York City after eleven years in an all-new staging directed by MR. Brown. The Last Five Years is performed at Second Stage's Tony Kiser Theatre (305 West 43rd street). Tickets are available at www.2ST.com or by calling the box office at 212-246-4422.
Jesse Green of New York Magazine calls The Last Five Years, "A gem of a show with jaw-dropping songs beautifully performed by Betsy Wolfe and Adam Kantor, who fill every daredevil leap and riff with torrents of feeling. Jason Robert Brown has put together a beautiful, emotional experience." Melissa Bernardo of Entertainment Weekly calls the score, "Stunning...far and away Jason Robert Brown's finest work," and Joe Dziemianowicz of the Daily News raves that the show is "graceful, gripping and break-your-heart beautiful. It's impossible not to swoon."
On the heels of directing this production of The Last Five Years, Jason Robert Brown is currently working on two new musicals. Honeymoon in Vegas, with a book by Andrew Bergman, will premiere at the Papermill Playhouse this fall, and a musical adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County, which he adapted with Marsha Norman, will have its world premiere this summer at the Williamstown Theatre Festival under the direction of Bartlett Sher.
Jason Robert Brown's contemporary musical The Last Five Years tells the emotionally powerful story of two twenty-something New Yorkers who dive head first into a marriage fueled by the optimism that comes with finding "the one." But in a city where professional and personal passions collide and only the strongest relationships survive, navigating the waters of love and matrimony can sometimes prove too much. Funny, honest and intimate, with an exuberantly romantic score, The Last Five Years takes a bold look at one young couple's hope that love endures the test of time.