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The Last Five Years

Cathy Hiatt

Jamie Wellerstein

The Band

Mike Payne

Jon Acton

Fiona Nesbitt

Laura Seddon

Tim Hallas

Alan Coughlan

The Team

Lighting

Sound

Stage Manager

Tickets

Transport and Stage/Set Construction

Tracey Gwynne

Tom Evans

Piano, Musical Director

Violin

Cello

Cello

Guitar

Bass

Alan Bailes, Richard Cobb

Dave Cowan

Phillippa Tadman

Vivienne Tadman

Mick Power

The action takes place over a period of five years. Cathy’s story begins at the end of her

relationship with Jamie (Still Hurting) and unfolds as she looks back over the highs and lows

of the last five years. We find out that she is a struggling actress who spends time away in

provincial theatre (Audition Sequence, Summer In Ohio). She is frustrated by Jamie’s

success as a novelist (I’m A Part Of That) and by them being apart (See, I’m Smiling). But

we also see the times when Cathy is convinvced that Jamie is the one (the Next Ten

Minutes, I Can Do Better Than That, Goodbye Until Tomorrow).

Jamie’s story begins just after he has met his “Shiksa Goddess” and as his story progresses

we are able to piece together the events in the lives of both Jamie and Cathy. Everything

seems to be going well for Jamie (Shiksa Goddess, Moving Too Fast). He remembers their

second Christmas together (The Schmuel Song) and when he proposed to Cathy (The Next

Ten Minutes) but it is clear that he struggles to come to terms with being married (A

Miracle Would Happen) and that whilst he wants Cathy to be there for him he cannot see it

from her point of view (If I Didn’t Believe In You, Nobody Needs To Know, I Could Never

Rescue You).

Beautifully arranged for two voices and a six piece band we hope you will enjoy this little

gem of modern musical theatre.


Musical Numbers

Still Hurting

Shiksa Goddess

See, I’m Smiling

Moving Too Fast

I’m A Part Of That

The Schmuel Song

A Summer In Ohio

The Next Ten Minutes

A Miracle Would Happen

Audition Sequence

If I Didn’t Believe In You

I Can Do Better Than That

Nobody Needs To Know

Goodbye Until Tomorrow/I Could

Never Rescue You

Cathy

Jamie

Cathy

Jamie

Cathy

Jamie

Cathy

Jamie and Cathy

Jamie

Cathy

Jamie

Cathy

Jamie

Cathy and Jamie

This evening’s performance is dedicated to our long-suffering partners who might finally get to

listen to something else on the car stereo…The Music Man perhaps!


Two Countries Separated By The Same Language

The Last Five Years is undoubtedly set in America. Added to this Jamie’s Jewish background

means that the occasional bit of Hebrew or Yiddish creeps into the lyrics. To help you out

we’ve compiled the following glossary.

Shiksa

Yiddish slang for non-

Jewish woman

Grand fromage

Literally means Big

Cheese!

JCC

Shabbos

Washington

Heights

Gotti Clan

R.V.

Daisy Mae

Jewish Community

Center

Sabbath

A suburb of Manhattan

A branch of the Mafia

Recreational Vehicle

(camper van)

A comic strip character

Mr Ed

Random House

Crate and Barrel

Linda Blair

A talking horse in an

American comedy

series

The world’s largest

publisher

American

contemporary

furniture store

Actress, most famous

for her revolving head

scene in The Exorcist

The Atlantic

Monthly

Sonny Metha

A literary and cultural

magazine

A publisher and editor

‘burbs

Tsuris

Suburbs

Yiddish, meaning

aggravation/argument

Leave It To

Beaver

An American family sitcom

BackStage

American equivalent of

The Stage, listing

auditions for actors

If you enjoyed The Last Five Years why not listen to other works by Jason Robert Brown?

“Songs For A New World” is similar to The Last Five Years in that it is 16 related songs, this

time exploring facets of American life and history. “Parade” is a deeply moving musical based on

a true story, featuring many superb songs, I thoroughly recommend the Donmar Warehouse

recording which features all the dialogue too. Finally, “13”, based around a key event in the life

of every thirteen-year-old Jewish boy!

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