Adam Kantor & Betsy Wolfe to Lead THE LAST FIVE YEARS at Second Stage; Opens April 2!
Adam Kantor (Rent) and Betsy Wolfe (The Mystery of Edwin Drood) will co-star in the highly anticipated revival of Jason Robert Brown's musical The Last Five Years at Second Stage Theatre. The beloved two-character musical, which has received more than 500 regional productions and 3,000 performances around the world, is returning to New York City after eleven years in an all-new staging directed by MR. Brown. The Last Five Years will begin previews on Thursday, March 7 at Second Stage's Tony Kiser Theatre (305 West 43rd street). Opening night is scheduled for Tuesday, April 2 at 7pm.
"It means so much to me to be able to bring The Last Five Years back to New York after eleven years, especially since New York is such an important character in it. In so many ways, it feels like coming home," says composer/lyricist/director Jason Robert Brown. "When we did the show in 2002, we had two amazing young performers who were just then on the verge of explosive careers in the theater; I think that we've got the same situation with Adam and Betsy. I've been watching them for so long, and am so excited to get them at this amazing moment in their lives as artists. I'm looking forward to rehearsing with them and then watching them bring these two characters to a new and fresh life."
Ticket packages, which include The Last Five Years, as well as the 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner WATER BY THE SPOONFUL and a still-to-be-announced summer 2013 production, are currently available at www.2ST.com or by calling the box office at 212-246-4422. 3-play packages begin at $141. Single tickets are $80 and go on pre-sale exclusively to Audience Rewards members from January 14-18, 2013 at www.audiencerewards.com. Tickets go on sale to the general public January 19, 2013.
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.
THE LAST FIVE YEARS premiered off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre in 2002 in a production starring Norbert Leo Butz and Sherie Rene Scott, directed by Daisy Prince. Named as one of Time Magazine's Ten Best of the Year, the musical received the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics, and was nominated for five additional Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Musical. The Last Five Years was also nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical.
THE LAST FIVE YEARS will feature scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, and sound design by Jon Weston. The musical director will be Thomas Murray.
While a senior at Northwestern University, Adam Kantor was cast as Mark in the final company of Rent on Broadway, the final performance of which was filmed live for the Sony Pictures DVD. Shortly thereafter he guest starred as Ezra on "The Good Wife" on CBS. Subsequently he went on to perform as Henry in Next to Normal on Broadway and then Princeton/Rod in Avenue Q at New World Stages. He most recently starred as Jeff in the world premiere of Nobody Loves You at The Old Globe. Adam is a co-founder of the non-profit arts education organization Broadway in South Africa.