"A Miracle Would Happen": Adam Kantor and Betsy Wolfe Revisit The Last Five Years in Concert Oct. 16-19 at 54 Below
By Michael Gioia
Adam Kantor and Betsy Wolfe, who co-starred in the acclaimed Second Stage Theatre revival of The Last Five Years, revisit Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown's score in a concert version of that musical Oct. 16-19 at 54 Below.
In celebration of the release of the Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records 2013 Off-Broadway cast recording — which was available in stores and online Sept. 24 — Kantor and Wolfe perform The Last Five Years in concert Oct. 16 at 7 PM, Oct. 17 at 7 PM, Oct. 18 at 11 PM and Oct. 19 at 11 PM.
The new recording of The Last Five Years is produced by Brown, with Kurt Deutsch and Stacey Mindich serving as executive producers. To pre-order the album, click here. Brown talked to Playbill.com about the album in the recording studio; read the feature story here.
Ghostlight Records is also producing a feature film based on the show directed by Richard LaGravenese and starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan. Read more about the film adaptation here. In addition, the label has preserved both the Broadway and London cast recordings of Brown's 13 – The Musical, as well as his solo album "Wearing Someone Else's Clothes."
54 Below is located at 254 W. 54th Street. For more information and tickets, visit 54Below.com.
The Last Five Years played an extended engagement through May 18. (It was originally scheduled through April 21 and extended twice through May 12.) Previews began March 7, prior to an official opening April 2, at Second Stage's Tony Kiser Theatre.
The production, which proved to be a fan favorite, broke box-office records for Second Stage Theatre and ranks among the longest-running productions in the company's 34-year history.
Composer, lyricist and book writer Brown directed his semi-autobiographical work that starred Wolfe — straight from the acclaimed Broadway revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood — as struggling actress Cathy Hyatt, who falls in love with on-the-rise Jewish novelist Jamie Wellerstein, played by Kantor, the final Mark in Broadway's Tony and Pulitzer-winning Rent.
A track listing for the album follows:
1. Still Hurting
According to Second Stage, the musical "tells the emotionally powerful story of two twenty-something New Yorkers who dive head first into a marriage fueled by the optimism that comes with finding 'the one.' But in a city where professional and personal passions collide and only the strongest relationships survive, navigating the waters of love and matrimony can sometimes prove too much. Funny, honest and intimate, with an exuberantly romantic score, The Last Five Years takes a bold look at one young couple's hope that love endures the test of time."
The revival featured scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Jeff Croiter and sound design by Jon Weston. The musical director is Thomas Murray.
The original Off-Broadway production of The Last Five Years, directed by Daisy Prince, received the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics, and was nominated for five additional Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Musical. It was also nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical.
Brown also wrote music and lyrics for the musicals 13, Parade and Songs for a New World. His upcoming musical projects include the Broadway-bound new work Honeymoon in Vegas, a musical adaptation of the 1992 film that was written with Andrew Bergman and will premiere at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse, and The Bridges of Madison County, a musical adapted with Marsha Norman from the best-selling novel.
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