Utah theater lovers have been anxiously anticipating the big-screen adaptation of Tony Award-winning Jason Robert Brown’s “The Last 5 Years” to open in theaters on Friday, Feb. 13. But you won’t see it on any Utah movie theater screen — the closest theater is 572 miles away at the Laemmle Playhouse in Pasadena, Calif. The film version is in limited release.
Utah Repertory Theater Company presents “The Last 5 Years,” playing Feb. 27 through March 15 at the Sugar Space Studio Theater in Sugar House and March 20 through 22 the Zigfield Theatre in Ogden.
Advance tickets are available at UtahRep.org/tickets: adults $18 and seniors/students $16; at-door tickets are adults $20 and seniors/students $18
“The Last 5 Years” tells the story of Jamie and Cathy, two New Yorkers who fall in and out of love over the course of five years.
An emotionally powerful and intimate musical by the Tony award-winning composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown, it is a story told nearly entirely through songs using an inter-cutting timeline device. All of Cathy’s songs begin at the end of their marriage and move backwards in time to the beginning of their love affair. Jamie’s songs start at the beginning of their affair and move forward to the end of their marriage. They meet in the center when Jamie proposes.
“There are two sides to every love story,” explains Utah Rep Marketing Director Blain Howell. “You will fall in love with Jamie Wellerstein and Cathy Hiatt as they recount their love stories. Jamie is a young, talented up-and-coming Jewish novelist who falls in love with Cathy, a struggling actress — and shiksa goddess.”
Feb. 27-March 15 Sugar Space Studio Theater, 616 Wilmington Ave., Sugarhouse
March 20-22 Zigfield Theatre, 3934 Washington Blvd., Ogden
Directed by JOHN SWEENEY ■ Music Direction by ANNE PUZEY
ERIN ROYALL CARLSON as Cathy Hiatt ■ RHETT RICHINS as Jamie Wellerstein
“Brimming with persistent melodies, thoughtful lyrics and a heartfelt, compelling story.” —Associated Press
“Brown writes musicals that work for people who don’t necessarily like musicals. The arrangements are intuitive, the lyrics straightforward and conversational, giving the impression that in emotionally pitched situations, characters have intuitively stepped up from speaking to song.” —Variety