Still Hurting: Calarco Directs Wilcox, van Giesen in Philly Debut of Last Five Years, March 14

News   Still Hurting: Calarco Directs Wilcox, van Giesen in Philly Debut of Last Five Years, March 14 Philadelphia Theatre Company's staging of The Last Five Years, Jason Robert Brown's musical chronicle of the rise and fall of a young marriage, features Nicole van Giesen and Wayne Wilcox as the doomed bride and groom, starting March 14.

The actress understudied the Off-Broadway run of the work by lyricist-librettist-composer Brown. Joe Calarco directs the Philly premiere of the Drama Desk Award winner, which is expected to pop up in regional productions like dandelions.

The PTC run continues to April 13, with musical direction by Ron Melrose. Tony Award-winner Brown was announced to be musical director in Philly, but he has since become musical director, arranger, orchestrator and songwriter-contributor to Broadway's Urban Cowboy musical. He even sings the Act Two opening number in the new Texas-set musical.

"Although Jason is indeed involved in Urban Cowboy, he has been extremely involved in our production, attending all auditions and [has been] part of the team making all decisions," a PTC spokesperson previously told Playbill On-Line.

Brown won the Tony Award for Best Score for Parade and penned the cult-fave revue, Songs for a New World.

Designers are Michael Fagin (set), Chris Lee (lighting), Anne Kennedy (costumes), Nick Kourtides (sound). The Last Five Years had its world premiere at Northlight Theatre in 2001 in Skokie, IL, and then an Off Broadway run in early 2002. A cast album preserves the work of Brown and actors Norbert Leo Butz and Sherie Rene Scott, who originated the roles of Jamie (a novelist on the rise) and Cathy (an actress stuck in the mud) at the Minetta Lane Theatre in New York. Lauren Kennedy played Cathy in Skokie.

PTC performs at 1714 Delancey St. For ticket information, call (215) 569-9700 or visit www.phillytheatreco.com.