The Last Five Years (The Applause Libretto Library)

The Complete Book and Lyrics of the Musical • The Applause Libretto Library

Series: Applause Libretto Library
Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books
Format: Softcover
Composer: Jason Robert Brown

An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. The show's unconventional structure consists of Cathy, the woman, telling her story backwards while Jamie, the man, tells his story chronologically; the two characters meet only once, at their wedding in the middle of the show. Jason Robert Brown won Drama Desk Awards for the music and the lyrics after the Off-Broadway premiere in 2002 starring Norbert Leo Butz and Sherie Rene Scott. The show has since been produced at almost every major regional theater in the U.S., and has been seen in Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Germany, Italy, Canada, Spain, and the UK.

$12.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00314848
ISBN: 9781557837707
UPC: 884088542238
Width: 5.5"
Length: 8.5"
76 pages


“Short, bittersweet and nearly perfect, Brown has come up with a winning combination of music and book...” – Variety

“Brown is terrific at writing love without the cornball, a quality he makes both poignant and... Their last five years may have been painful, but they make us feel much better about the future of musical theater.” – Newsday

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