The Last 5 Years at the Tabard – A One Act Musical by Jason Robert Brown

LAUREN SAMUELS, fresh from her West End success as Sandy in Grease – THE MUSICAL, and widely known from her success as a finalist in BBC’s OVER THE RAINBOW stars in this new production of THE LAST FIVE YEARS at the TABARD THEATRE, Chiswick from WEDNESDAY 9 FEBRUARY – SATURDAY 5 MARCH.

In his personal and intimate musical, THE LAST FIVE YEARS, JASON ROBERT BROWN takes the conventions of musical theatre and sends them spinning into the 21st century. The contemporary story explores a five-year relationship between Jamie and Cathy a rising novelist, and a struggling actress, falling in and out of love. It is told from two angles: Cathy’s story travels backwards in time, from the end of their marriage to when they first met, and Jamie’s story traces the relationship from the beginning to its sad conclusion. The music combines classic Broadway with funk and rock, an emotional and often comical story that has won a loyal following around the world.
JASON ROBERT BROWN  (Writer and Composer) has been hailed as one of Broadway’s smartest and most sophisticated songwriters since Stephen Sondheim.  Jason won a 1999 Tony Award for his score to Parade and a Drama Desk award for outstanding music and lyrics for The Last Five Years in 2002

Starring LAUREN SAMUELS (Cathy) and CHRISTOPHER PYM (Jamie). In 2010 Lauren was a contestant on BBC televisions Over the Rainbow: a talent contest to find an actress to play Dorothy in a West End revival of The Wizard of Oz. She made it through to the final, where she ultimately came third.  In January 2011 she will finish a very successful West End debut playing Sandy in Grease, The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre.   Rising musical theatre actor Christopher Pym’s credits include Seymour in The Little Shop of Horrors, Guy in Howard Goodall’s Girlfriends, Herb Lee in My Favourite Year and Michael in I Do! I Do!

The creative team for the new staging of this award winning musical is led by director DREW BAKER who has directed Our House for HQ Theatres, Beauty and the Beast at the White Rock Theatre; Songs for a New World at the New Players Theatre, London and   Oklahoma at the Riverfront Theatre. Lee Freeman (Musical Direction) credits include Chat! the Internet musical at Jermyn Street Theatre and Edinburgh Fringe Festival; Speed Dating: the musical at Upstairs at the Gatehouse; Bent, at Landor Theatre and Tabard Theatre; Colin Mayes is the shows Designer.
THE LAST FIVE YEARS debuted at Northlight Theatre in Skokie, Illinois in 2001, and opened off-Broadway in 2002. The production won the Drama Desk Awards for outstanding music & lyrics as well as receiving Drama Desk nominations for Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Actor, Outstanding Actress, Outstanding Orchestrations, and Outstanding Set Design. It also received the Lucille Lortel nomination for Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Actor, and the Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical The show has since been produced around the world and received its UK premiere at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2006.

This is Tony Green and Dayle James’ debut collaboration as co-producers for professional theatre in London.

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Multi-award winning composer Jason Robert Brown makes West End first concert

Following sell-out concerts in New York, Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown will make his West End concert debut for two nights only on Friday 24 September and Saturday 25 September at the Garrick Theatre, joined for the first time outside of the US by Anika Noni Rose, the Tony Award-winning star of Caroline, or Change, the motion picture Dreamgirls, and the voice of the Princess in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, who makes her West End and UK debut alongside him.

The pianist, singer, and critically acclaimed composer will be performing brand new, previously unheard material, as well as a selection of songs from his shows Songs for a New World, Parade, The Last 5 Years and 13. Jason will be accompanied by his own band The Caucasian Rhythm Kings, as well as a fabulous four-strong French horn section.

Jason Robert Brown is best known for spearheading the new generation of contemporary American musical theatre composers. His four major musicals as composer and lyricist are: 13, a musical written with Robert Horn and Dan Elish, which began its life in Los Angeles in 2007 and opened on Broadway in 2008; The Last 5 Years, which was cited as one of Time Magazine’s 10 Best of 2001 and won Drama Desk Awards for Best Music and Best Lyrics; Parade, a musical written with Alfred Uhry and directed by Harold Prince, which premiered at Lincoln Center Theatre in 1998, and subsequently won both the Drama Desk and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards for Best New Musical, as well as garnering Jason the Tony Award for Original Score; and Songs for a New World, a theatrical song cycle directed by Daisy Prince, which played Off Broadway in 1995, and has since been seen in hundreds of productions around the world.

Anika Noni Rose won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, a Theatre World Award and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actress for her role as Tonya Pinkins’ daughter Caroline, in the critically acclaimed Broadway production of Caroline, Or Change. In 2006, Anika starred as Lorrell Robinson alongside Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Hudson and Eddie Murphy in the groundbreaking movie Dreamgirls and most recently became Disney’s first African American Princess when she voiced the pivotal central character of Tiana in major motion picture, The Princess and the Frog.

Produced by Neil Eckersley & Paul Spicer for Speckulation Entertainment, Jason Robert Brown has lighting design by Mike Henderson and sound design by James Tebb.

Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London WC2