Wednesday, June 21, 2006

The Last 5 Years Announced for London

The Last 5 Years Announced for London

One of my absolute favorite shows of the last five years was, in fact, The Last 5 Years. The exquisite two-handed tuner, expertly told backwards and forwards over the course of a five year romantic relationship, will have its British premiere at London's Menier Chocolate Factory on July 25. The same theatre company also spawned the successful, lauded production of Sunday In The Park With George that recently transferred to the West End. Indeed Sunday's acclaimed set designer David Farley will handle the same responsibilities for The Last 5 Years.

Jason Robert Brown's beautifully written The Last 5 Years was my second favorite theatrical experience during the 2002-03 season. The musical was originally staged in Chicago in 2001 with Norbert Leo Butz. He moved with the show to Off-Broadway's Minetta Lane Theatre where his womanizing literary-minded Jamie was paired with Sherie René Scott's heartwrenching portrayal of fledgling actress Cathy. Butz and Scott, of course, went on to create the hysterically funny Broadway roles of Freddy Benson and Christine Colgate in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

Matthew White will helm the London production of The Last 5 Years. The production will star Damian Humbley (formerly of The Woman In White) and Laura Pulver (who played Frenchie in the West End production of Grease) as the couple falling in and out of love. I just hope that this team will light the necessary sparks to make The Last 5 Years as moving of an experience for British audiences as it was for Americans lucky to have seen this little gem.

Click here for tickets.
Related Stories:
Great Scott...She's Back! Sherie René Scott Returns to Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (June 21, 2006)
Flashback: Best of 2002-03 (May 24, 2006)

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