PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "A Winter in Miami" With The Last Five Years Star Janet Dacal

By Matthew Blank
14 Dec 2012

Broadway's Janet Dacal (In the Heights, Wonderland) is spending her December in sunny Florida, starring in the Actors' Playhouse production of Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years. She shares backstage photos from the show and offers a tour of the city's beaches and Cubano cuisine.



"How could I possibly have said no to one of my favorite shows in on one of my favorite places," said Dacal. "Singing these lyrics accompanied by this music is a dream come true. What I could have never imagined in that dream was that I'd be doing it at The Actor's Playhouse (where I got my Equity card) in the heart of Miami."

"This place is very dear to me, I spent over 10 years living in Miami. It's my cultural hub, so I'm recharging my Cuban battery and indulging my creative palette all at the same time. Plus, THE WEATHER! Needless to say, I am grateful for the experience...and as you'll see, the food. Come for a visit, I've got a pool."



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This is how I learn my songs when working down here! :-)
Photo by Janet Dacal



Dacal and Christopher A. Kent co-star in the Actors' Playhouse production of Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown's poignant, two-person musical The Last Five Years, which began performances Dec. 5 in Coral Gables, FL.

David Arisco directs the production that runs through Dec. 30 at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables, FL. It has book, music and lyrics by Brown (Parade, Songs for a New World, 13).

Dacal was last seen on Broadway in Wonderland. She has also appeared in In the Heights and Good Vibrations on Broadway. She portrays Cathy.

Kent, who plays Jamie, previously appeared with Dacal in Five Course Love at the Actors' Playhouse. He also appeared there in Hairspray and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Here's how it's billed: "The Last Five Years is a contemporary song-cycle musical that explores a five-year relationship between Jamie Wellerstein, a rising novelist, and Cathy Hiatt, a struggling actress. The story, told in the exuberant and heart-rending songs of award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, chronicles the young couple's romance in a new and exciting way: her story starts at the end of their relationship; his begins on the day they met. Funny and uplifting, the show captures some of the most heartbreaking and universally felt moments of modern romance."

The production team includes musical director Emmanuel Schvartzman, set designer Sean McClelland, costume designer Ellis Tillman, lighting designer Patrick Tennent and sound designer Alexander Herrin.

For tickets phone (305) 444-9293 or visit actorsplayhouse.org.