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New ‘The Last Five Years’ Reimagined Production is Streaming

New ‘The Last Five Years’ Reimagined Production is Streaming

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A new reimagined production of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years is now streaming.

Directed by Jason Michael Webb and starring Nasia Thomas as Cathy and Nicholas Edwards as Jamie, the production explores in-person boundaries and immersive theater for the screen as they tell the musical’s story set in an apartment in New York.

In an interview, Webb says, “I think what we stumbled on is not theatrical film, but it’s not cinematic theater, either. We did use some theatrical devices and captured them on film. We wanted to create a piece of immersive theater, and the way we’re able to do that during the pandemic is to make the audience the camera. As the participant, you’re able to get next to these characters and see what they’re going through up close.”

The story is famous for its unconventional structure of the woman telling their love story backwards while the man tells the same story chronologically, with the two characters only meeting once at their wedding in the middle of the show.

The Last 5 Years was first staged in Manila in 2003 with Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo and Audie Gemora, and again in 2014 with Nikki Gil and Joaquin Pedro Valdes.

Get tickets at Out of the Box Theatrics’ website. Prices start at $29. 

Watch the trailer here:


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