Adam Kantor and Betsy Wolfe Reprise Roles in THE LAST FIVE YEARS at Huntington This Weekend
The Huntington Theatre Company presents a concert version of Jason Robert Brown's powerful contemporary musical The Last Five Years for three performances only this weekend, November 23 and 24. Adam Kantor (Rent, Avenue Q) and Betsy Wolfe (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Everyday Rapture) play the two twenty-something New Yorkers who dive head-first into marriage, fueled by the optimism of finding "the one." Winner of Drama Desk Drama Awards for Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics, The Last Five Years takes a bold look at one young couple's hope that love endures the test of time.
This concert is based on the acclaimed, twice-extended production Brown directed at Second Stage last spring. The 2013 Off Broadway Cast Recording is released today by Sh-K-Boom and Ghostlight Records.
The Last Five Years tells the story of a relationship from rising novelist Jamie Wellerstein's perspective in chronological order, while struggling actress Cathy Hyatt's experiences are revealed in reverse-chronology. The characters do not interact directly except for one song that takes place during their wedding. The beloved score features memorable Brown favorites such as "Moving Too Fast," "I Can Do Better Than That," and "Shiksa Goddess."
"The Last Five Years is a cult favorite of musical theatre lovers," says Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois. "I can't wait to share it with Boston audiences this fall."
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Adam Kantor (Jamie) most recently played Jamie in the acclaimed New York revival of Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years at Second Stage Theatre. He previously starred in Rent on Broadway as Mark, the final performance of which was captured by Sony Pictures for Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway. He also played Henry in the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal on Broadway and Princeton/Rod in Avenue Q Off Broadway. Mr. Kantor originated the role of Jeff in Nobody Loves You by Itamar Moses and Gaby Alter at The Old Globe. On television, he appeared as Ezra on "The Good Wife." He is a graduate of Northwestern University in Chicago and studied at the British American Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and Stella Adler Studio in New York. He is a co-founder of the nonprofit arts education organization Broadway in South Africa.
Betsy Wolfe (Cathy) will be seen on Broadway as Ellen in the upcoming Woody Allen musical Bullets Over Broadway, directed by Susan Stroman. She previously appeared on Broadway in Roundabout Theater Company's revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood as Miss Deirdre Peregrine/Rosa Bud, Everyday Rapture (also Off Broadway) 110 in the Shade, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Merrily We Roll Along with Encores!. Ms. Wolfe recently appeared as Cathy in the Off Broadway revival of The Last Five Years at Second Stage Theatre. She created the role of Mary Ann Singleton in ACT's world premiere of Tales of the City, a musical based on Armistead Maupin's novels, with music by the Scissor Sisters, originally workshopped at the O'Neill Theatre Conference. She can be heard on the recordings of Merrily We Roll Along, 35MM, 110 in the Shade, Everyday Rapture, and Stage Door Canteen. Ms. Wolfe starred in the San Francisco and Boston companies of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Additional regional credits include Tommy at Dallas Theatre Center and Ragtime at Paper Mill Playhouse. She has been a guest artist for over 25 symphony, pops, and philharmonic orchestras across the US and internationally. At 23, she made her concert debut at Carnegie Hall as a headliner with the Cincinnati Pops under Maestro Erich Kunzel. Ms. Wolfe was a guest soloist for the New York City Ballet where she performed at Lincoln Center and at The Coliseum in London.