The Last Five Years
30 May – 18 June 2022
Roundhouse Theatre, Kelvin Grove
A heartfelt musical about love lost and gained, The Last Five Years tells the story of Cathy and Jamie, two 20-something New Yorkers who used to be giddily in love but break apart over time, dissecting their last five years for answers about how it all went wrong.
Written by Tony Award-winning playwright Jason Robert Brown, the audience bears witness to both joy and despair as the protagonists each tell their side of the story: Jamie in chronological order, Cathy recounting hers in reverse. Starring Danielle Remulta and Robert Tripolino in their La Boite debuts, the two characters only intersect once, in the middle of the show at their wedding, making for a compelling and voyeuristic viewing experience.
The Last Five Years premiered at Chicago’s Northlight Theatre in 2001 and made its Off-Broadway debut in March 2002 before being staged internationally. It was adapted for the screen in 2014 with Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan in the lead roles.
Prolific and highly regarded musical theatre director Darren Yap brings his signature focus on heartfelt storytelling and a unique personal spin to this much-loved musical. A member of La Boite’s Artist Company, Mr Yap is working closely with Set and Costume Designer Chloe Greaves and Music Director James Dobinson to reimagine the theatre space, revealing the two-person cast will be joined on stage by a live band.
“We want the audience to really feel part of this story, to make this work a real conversation with them and draw them in through story and music to really feel those moments of joy and misery,” he said. “Whether it makes you laugh or cry, music can be a healing experience and Jason’s score certainly has the ability to be the elixir we need as we emerge from this pandemic.”