The Last Five Years, With Betsy Wolfe and Adam Kantor, Plays Boston Concert Engagement at the Huntington
By Adam Hetrick
Adam Kantor and Betsy Wolfe, who co-starred in the acclaimed Second Stage Theatre revival of Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years, begin a three-performance concert engagement of that musical Nov. 23 at Boston's Huntington Theatre Company.
The concert engagement also features Off-Broadway musical director and pianist Andrew Resnick. Performances are offered Nov. 23 at 4 PM and 8 PM and Nov. 24 at 2 PM.
Kantor (Rent, Avenue Q) and Wolfe (Bullets Over Broadway, The Mystery of Edwin Drood) "play the two twenty-something New Yorkers who dive head-first into marriage, fueled by the optimism of finding 'the one,'" the Huntington states.
The Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records cast album of the musical was released Sept. 24. Playbill.com was there. Read the feature and interview with composer Brown here.
The Last Five Years played an extended engagement through May 18 Off-Broadway. 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.
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 recently premiered at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse, and his upcoming 2014 Broadway musical The Bridges of Madison County, adapted with Marsha Norman from the best-selling novel.
Tickets are priced $25-$60. Phone (617) 266-0800 or visit Huntington Theatre Company.
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