PHOTO CALL: Anna Kendrick, Jeremy Jordan, Christine Taylor, Ben Platt and More Attend Special New York Screening of "The Last Five Years" Film
By Joseph Marzullo
25 Feb 2014
Tony Award nominee Jeremy Jordan joins Tony and Academy Award nominee Anna Kendrick in the Richard LaGravenese film adaptation of the Jason Robert Brown musical The Last Five Years. The stars walked the red carpet at a special screening on Feb. 24 at the Walter Reade Theater.
The Last Five Years, Brown's semi-autobiographical, two-person musical that documents a five-year relationship of a couple falling in and out of love, is adapted and directed by Richard LaGravenese ("P.S. I Love You").
Kendrick stars as Cathy, a struggling actress who falls in love with rising Jewish novelist Jamie Wellerstein, played by Jordan. The musical explores their relationship from both points of view through a series of solo songs — Cathy telling the story in reverse chronological order, and Jamie starting from the beginning (the pair only comes together at their wedding, the turning point of the show).
The Last Five Years premiered in Chicago in 2001 and opened Off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre in March 2002. The Off-Broadway production, which starred Sherie Rene Scott and Norbert Leo Butz, won 2002 Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics and was nominated for Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Actor, Outstanding Actress, Outstanding Orchestration and Outstanding Set Design.
Kendrick was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in High Society. She was also nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in "Up in the Air" and has been seen in the films "Camp," "Pitch Perfect," "50/50," "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" and the "Twilight" series, among others.
Jordan, who was seen on the second season of "Smash," was Tony-nominated for his turn as rebellious paper boy Jack Kelly in the Disney musical Newsies. He has also been seen on Broadway in Bonnie & Clyde, Rock of Agesand West Side Story as well as on screen in "Joyful Noise."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.