The Last Five Years (2015)
Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Directed by Michael McKelvey
March 19 - April 12, 2015
Featuring Sara Burke and David Gallagher
The Last Five Years tells the emotionally powerful story of Jamie and Cathy, two 20-something New Yorkers who dive head first into a marriage fueled by the optimism that comes with finding “the one.” But in a city where professional and personal passions collide and only the strongest relationships survive, navigating the waters of love and matrimony can sometimes prove too much. Funny, honest, and intimate, with an exuberantly romantic score, the Drama Desk Award-winning story explores the delicacy of love in a unique structure: Cathy tells her story from end to beginning while Jamie tells his from beginning to end.
In the news
"A powerful creative team...Penfold once more offers up a polished work to Austin audiences, one that distorts time, pushes love to its breaking point, and simultaneously fills our hearts with melancholy and hope."
"Intimate, haunting and beautiful."
-Broadway World Austin
"Surefooted and fresh...exceptional live music and talented, powerful singing...The Last Five Years reaches beyond itself brilliantly to touch everyone who has known romantic love."
-Central Texas Live Theatre
"Brilliantly entertaining and blisteringly soul-wrenching performances from its two leads, who give what could possibly be the performances of their careers."
Awards and honors
B. Iden Payne nomination, Lead actress in a musical, Sara Burke
B. Iden Payne nomination, Scenic design, David Utley
Central Texas Excellence in Theatre Award nomination, Lead acress in a musical, Sara Burke
City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, R Bank, Round Rock Arts