Musical to get a spring run in 2012-13 season
Second Stage Theater has added cult-fave tuner “The Last Five Years” to its 2012-13 Off Broadway season, skedding the Jason Robert Brown musical for a spring slot.Title bowed in Chicago in 2001 and then played Off Broadway in a 2002 production that starred Sherie Rene Scott and Norbert Leo Butz. That Gotham run lasted just two months, but the two-actor musical has since gone on to acquire a sizable following among music-theater types. Brown will direct the Second Stage production. Plot chronicles the five-year lifespan of a single couple through falling in love, marriage and breakup; the man tells his side of the story in chronological order, while the woman starts with the breakup and moves backwards. “Five Years” joins an Off Broadway season at Second Stage that already includes “Water by the Spoonful,” Quiara Alegria Hudes’ recent Pulitzer winner, and Jon Kern’s “Modern Terrorism, or They Who Want to Kill Us and How We Learn to Love Them.” One more production remains to be added to the org’s upcoming slate, with exact dates for all productions still to be nailed down. Second Stage’s current outing, Paul Weitz’s well-received “Lonely, I’m Not,” starring Topher Grace and Olivia Thirlby, shutters June 3 prior to a June 27 start for the world preem of new musical “Dogfight.”
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