Second Stage Recording of The Last Five Years, With Betsy Wolfe and Adam Kantor, Will Hit Shelves in September
By Michael Gioia
Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records will release the 2013 Off-Broadway cast recording of the Second Stage Theatre production of Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years, which starred Adam Kantor and Betsy Wolfe, in stores and online Sept. 24.
The new recording of The Last Five Years is produced by Brown, with Kurt Deutsch and Stacey Mindich serving as executive producers. The 2002 original cast recording of The Last Five Years – the label's first cast album – remains one of the label's best-selling titles.
Ghostlight Records is also producing a feature film based on the show directed by Richard LaGravenese and starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan. Read more about the film adaptation here. In addition, the label has preserved both the Broadway and London cast recordings of Brown's 13 – The Musical, as well as his solo album "Wearing Someone Else's Clothes."
The Last Five Years played an extended engagement through May 18. (It was originally scheduled through April 21 and extended twice through May 12.) Previews began March 7, prior to an official opening April 2, at Second Stage's Tony Kiser Theatre.
The production, which proved to be a fan favorite, broke box-office records for Second Stage Theatre and ranks among the longest-running productions in the company's 34-year history.
Composer, lyricist and book writer Brown directed his semi-autobiographical work that starred Wolfe — straight from the acclaimed Broadway revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood — as struggling actress Cathy Hyatt, who falls in love with on-the-rise Jewish novelist Jamie Wellerstein, played by Kantor, the final Mark in Broadway's Tony and Pulitzer-winning Rent.
A track listing for the album follows:
1. Still Hurting
According to Second Stage, the musical "tells the emotionally powerful story of two twenty-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 Last Five Years takes a bold look at one young couple's hope that love endures the test of time."
The revival featured scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Jeff Croiter and sound design by Jon Weston. The musical director is Thomas Murray.
The original Off-Broadway production of The Last Five Years, directed by Daisy Prince, received the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics, and was nominated for five additional Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Musical. It was also nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical.
Brown also wrote music and lyrics for the musicals 13, Parade and Songs for a New World. His upcoming musical projects include the Broadway-bound new work Honeymoon in Vegas, a musical adaptation of the 1992 film that was written with Andrew Bergman and will premiere at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse, and The Bridges of Madison County, a musical adapted with Marsha Norman from the best-selling novel.
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