(BOSTON) — The Huntington Theatre Company presents a concert version of Jason Robert Brown’s powerful contemporary musical The Last Five Years for three performances only November 23 and 24. Adam Kantor (Rent, Avenue Q) and Betsy Wolfe (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Everyday Rapture) play the two twenty-something New Yorkers who dive head-first into marriage, fueled by the optimism of finding “the one.” Winner of Drama Desk Drama Awards for Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics, The Last Five Years takes a bold look at one young couple’s hope that love endures the test of time.
This concert is based on the acclaimed, twice-extended production Brown directed at Second Stage last spring that Daily News praised as, “Graceful, gripping, and break-your-heart beautiful. Betsy Wolfe and Adam Kantor are simply irresistible.” Time Out New York said, “A stunning score! Brown may have won a Best Original Score Tony Award for 1998’s Parade, but this is far and away his finest work.” The 2013 Off Broadway Cast Recording is released today by Sh-K-Boom and Ghostlight Records.
The Last Five Years tells the story of a relationship from rising novelist Jamie Wellerstein’s perspective in chronological order, while struggling actress Cathy Hyatt’s experiences are revealed in reverse-chronology. The characters do not interact directly except for one song that takes place during their wedding. The beloved score features memorable Brown favorites such as “Moving Too Fast,” “I Can Do Better Than That,” and “Shiksa Goddess.”
"The Last Five Years is a cult favorite of musical theatre lovers,” says Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois. “I can’t wait to share it with Boston audiences this fall.”
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Adam Kantor most recently played Jamie in the acclaimed New York revival of The Last Five Years at Second Stage Theatre directed by the composer, Jason Robert Brown. His Broadway credits include Mark in Rent (filmed by Sony Picture for Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway) and Henry in Next to Normal. He also appeared as Princeton/Rod in the Off Broadway production of Avenue Q. Regionally, Mr. Kantor originated the role of Jeff in Nobody Loves You at The Old Globe. On television, he could be seen as Ezra on “The Good Wife.” He has studied at the British American Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York and is a graduate of Northwestern University in Chicago. He also is a co-founder of the nonprofit arts education organization Broadway in South Africa.
Betsy Wolfe will be seen on Broadway as Ellen in the upcoming Woody Allen musical Bullets Over Broadway, directed by Susan Stroman. Her other Broadway credits include Everyday Rapture (also performed Off Broadway), 110 in the Shade, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This past season, Ms. Wolfe appeared as Miss Deirdre Peregrine/Rosa Bud in the Broadway revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Roundabout Theatre Company) and Cathy in the Off Broadway revival of The Last Five Years (Second Stage Theatre). Her regional credits include Beth in Merrily We Roll Along (Encores!), Mary Ann Singleton in the world premiere of Tales of the City (American Conservatory Theater, originally workshopped at the 2009 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Musical Theater Conference), The Who’s Tommy (Dallas Theater Center), and Ragtime (Paper Mill Playhouse). Ms. Wolfe also starred in the San Francisco and Boston companies of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She has been a guest artist for over 25 Symphony, Pops, and Philharmonic Orchestras across the United States and internationally. At 23, she made her concert debut at Carnegie Hall as a headliner with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra under Maestro Erich Kunzel. Ms. Wolfe also performed as a guest soloist for the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center and the London Coliseum. She also can be heard on the Merrily We Roll Along, 35mm, 110 in the Shade, Everyday Rapture, and Stage Door Canteen recordings.
Andrew Resnick served as music director for the Huntington’s production of A Civil War Christmas. He is a New York-based music director, pianist, and conductor. Broadway credits include the upcoming Bridges of Madison County, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Book of Mormon, and Wicked. He was the music director for Paula Vogel’s A Civil War Christmas at NYTW (2012) and Long Wharf Theatre (2008). Associate music director credits include Far From Heaven (Playwrights Horizons), A Room with a View (Old Globe), Sycamore Trees(Signature Theatre), and Dangerous Beauty (Pasadena Playhouse). Mr. Resnick is the pianist on the recently released 2013 Off Broadway Cast Recording of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years, as well as on Vernon Duke’s Sweet Bye and Bye and on Loesel and Burkell’s Sorta Love Songs. He is a graduate of Yale University.
Jason Robert Brown is the composer and lyricist of 13 with Robert Horn and Dan Elish, which began its life in Los Angeles in 2007 and opened on Broadway in 2008; The Last Five Years, which was cited as one of Time magazine’s “10 Best of 2001” and won Drama Desk Awards for Best Music and Best Lyrics; Parade, with Alfred Uhry and directed by Harold Prince, which premiered at Lincoln Center Theater in 1998 and subsequently won both the Drama Desk and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards for Best New Musical and the Tony Award for Best Original Score; and Songs for a New World, a theatrical song cycle directed by Daisy Prince, which played Off Broadway in 1995, and has since been seen in hundreds of productions around the world. Parade was also the subject of a major revival directed by Rob Ashford, first at London’s Donmar Warehouse and then at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Upcoming musical projects include Honeymoon in Vegas with Andrew Bergman, a musical adaptation of the 1992 film, and The Bridges of Madison County with Marsha Norman, adapted from the bestselling novel. He is also working with Daisy Prince and Jonathan Marc Sherman on a new chamber musical called The Connector. His orchestral adaptation of E.B. White’s novel, The Trumpet of the Swan, premiered at the Kennedy Center with John Lithgow and the National Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Brown is the winner of the 2002 Kleban Award for Outstanding Lyrics and the 1996 Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Foundation Award for Musical Theatre. As a soloist or with his band The Caucasian Rhythm Kings, he has performed sold-out concerts around the world. His first solo album, Wearing Someone Else’s Clothes, featuring The Caucasian Rhythm Kings, was named one of Amazon.com’s Best of 2005 and is available from Sh-K-Boom Records. His collaboration with singer Lauren Kennedy, “Songs of Jason Robert Brown,” is available on PS Classics. Jason is also the composer of the incidental music for David Lindsay-Abaire’s Kimberly Akimbo and Fuddy Meers, Marsha Norman’s Last Dance, David Marshall Grant’s Current Events, Kenneth Lonergan’s The Waverly Gallery, and the Irish Repertory Theater’s production of Long Day’s Journey into Night. Jason will be serving as the musical supervisor and arranger for the upcoming musical, Prince of Broadway, a celebration of the career of Harold Prince. Jason studied composition with Samuel Adler, Christopher Rouse, and Joseph Schwantner at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.
- Grand Patron: Boston University
- Season Sponsors: J. David Wimberly, Carol G. Deane
ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON
Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award and named Best of Boston 2013 by Boston magazine, the Huntington Theatre Company has developed into Boston’s leading professional theatre and one of the region’s premiere cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Bringing together superb local and national talent, the Huntington produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create award-winning productions, runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development, and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso and in residence at Boston University, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org.