Katie Rose Clarke and Adam Halpin Co-Star in Long Wharf's The Last Five Years, Opening May 14

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14 May 2014

Katie Rose Clarke
Katie Rose Clarke
Photo by T. Charles Erickson

The Long Wharf Theatre's production of Jason Robert Brown's acclaimed Off-Broadway musical The Last Five Years officially opens May 14, following previews that began May 7. 

Directed by Gordon Edelstein, the production, which chronicles a doomed, five-year relationship through a series of solo songs, runs through June 1.

Wicked and The Light in the Piazza actress Katie Rose Clarke plays struggling actress Cathy Hyatt, who falls in love with on-the-rise Jewish novelist Jamie Wellerstein, played by Adam Halpin (Glory Days, national tour of Rent).

Here's how Long Wharf bills the two-person musical: "Sparks fly when Jamie, and Cathy first meet and fall desperately in love. They soon learn, however, that as their careers head in very different directions happily ever after can be hard to find. This uniquely told musical filled with intimacy, honesty, and humor features a lush and witty score. Cathy tells their story starting at the end of their marriage and ending on their first amazing date, while Jamie tells their story from the first stirring of their romance to the collapse of their marriage. Jason Robert Brown's Drama Desk Award-winning musical takes an emotionally powerful look at the joys and heartbreak of relationships in the big city."

The creative team also includes James Sampliner (musical direction), Eugene Lee (sets), Paul Tazewell (costumes), Ben Stanton (lights), Leon Rothenberg (sound) and Jason A. Quinn (stage manager).

Since its premiere in New York in 2002, The Last Five Years has become a cult classic. The cast album has sold over 85,000 copies, and a recent Off-Broadway revival played to audience acclaim. A film version of the musical stars Jeremy Jordan and Anna Kendrick.

For more information and tickets, call (203) 787-4282 or visit LongWharf.org.