Reiber and Stewart Will Share The Last Five Years at Berkshire Fest

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Wicked's Julie Reiber and Emmy nominee Paul Anthony Stewart will chart the course of a marriage in Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years at the Berkshire Theatre Festival.

Anders Cato will direct the musical two-hander that begins June 22 and will officially open June 26. The Last Five Years will run through July 10 on the BTF main stage.

Reiber, who has been seen on Broadway as Elphaba in Wicked, as well as All Shook Up and Brooklyn, will appear as Cathy. Jamie will be played by Stewart, best known for "Guiding Light" and Broadway's Fiddler on the Roof and Cyrano – The Musical.

Brown's semi-autobiographical musical traces the relationship and marriage of a novelist and an actress. Their courtship, marriage and ultimate break-up are told with one character moving chronologically forward and the other moving backward. The timing of the two stories intersects only once, on their wedding day.

Rick Bertone will musical direct. The design team includes Lee Savage (scenic design), Laurie Churba Kohn (costume design), Jeff Davis (lighting design) and Janie Bullard (sound design).

The Last Five Years ran Off-Broadway in 2002. Brown won the 2002 Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Lyrics and Outstanding Score. He received a Tony Award for his score for Parade. His other credits include Songs for a New World, Urban Cowboy and 13. For tickets call the BTF box office at (413) 298-5576 or visit BerkshireTheatreFestival.

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