Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Directed by Marilyn Langbehn
Music Direction by Greg Zema
Featuring Annika Bergman* and Sterling Liška
February 12-15, 2021, video on demand
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CONTENT ADVISORY: The Last Five Years contains adult language and situations.
*Annika Bergman appears courtesy of Actor’s Equity.
The course of true love never did run smooth, especially for Cathy and Jamie. 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 has one narrative running backward while the other runs forward; the two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show.
WHAT THE CRITICS SAY
“Brimming with persistent melodies, throughout lyrics and a heartfelt, compelling story.”
– Associated Press
“[Jason Robert Brown] turns a modest, 80-minute, two-character musical into a richly satisfying emotional journey.”
– TIME Magazine
“I can’t think of any better way to celebrate the arrival of spring than by spending 90 exhilarating minutes with The Last Five Years, Jason Robert Brown’s giddily sorrowful eulogy for a brief marriage.”
– Bloomberg News
“It’s instantly clear… that this poignant, richly dramatic and piercingly honest two-character show is destined to be a hit.”
– The Chicago Sun-Times
“Jaw-dropping! A gem of a show from Jason Robert Brown.”
– New York Magazine
ANNIKA BERGMAN (Cathy) is an actor, singer, musician, model, and director in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work at CCCT includes Evelyn Nesbitt in Ragtime, and Sally Bowles in Cabaret, for which she was nominated as “Leading Actress in a Musical” as well as “Person to Watch” from BroadwayWorld. Annika spent two years at Diablo Valley College before transferring to Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. Upon graduating with a B.A. in Theater and Music Performance in 2012, Annika continued her education in New York City refining her craft at Stella Adler Studio of Acting. A lover of Shakespeare, Annika started her own theater company to produce Shakespeare in the summer of 2013. This company led her to her first paid contractual work, as well as a 3-month tour of Romeo and Juliet. Annika has lent her voice to a radio drama entitled Runners, as well as worked on commercials at Ealing Studios in Ealing, London. She has been filmed in a variety of new works including Once and Future, and Lifetime of a Summer through Minisaurus Productions. Outside of theater, Annika is involved in a 2-member band, It’s Better With Wine. Along with fellow member Brian Matthews, the two have performed their mashups, covers, and original songs to bars, parties, and outdoor summer arenas throughout the Bay Area.
STERLING LIŠKA (Jamie) is a high lyric Baritone from Scottsdale, Arizona. He received his BM in Vocal Performance from the Hartt School of Music and is an avid performer of Opera, Musical Theatre, and Concert works. He has performed in some of the world’s top concert venues and ensembles, which include the LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Pacific Symphony, and Yale. Recent credits include Sondheim’s Company, G&S The Pirates of Penzance, Ragtime at Contra Costa Civic Theatre, Verdi’s Aida, Puccini’s Turandot, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Brahms’ Requiem, Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and Handel’s Messiah.
MARILYN LANGBEHN (Director) is in her eighth season as Artistic Director at CCCT. Productions for the company include Bright Star, All the Way, Ragtime, All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, Cabaret, The Sound of Music, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)[revised], the world premiere of The Lost Years and The Mountaintop, both of which began their lives at CCCT as part of the Reading Stage series. Her widely-acclaimed production of August: Osage County received Best Production and Best Director nods at the inaugural TBA Awards in 2014. In addition to her work at CCCT, Marilyn has directed numerous productions including the West Coast premiere of Race by David Mamet (Best Director, The Inlander), Rabbit Hole (“Top Ten Bay Area Productions of the Year”, Theater Dogs), Driving Miss Daisy (“Top Ten Bay Area Productions of the Year”, Contra Costa Times), the San Francisco premiere of Superior Donuts, the Bay Area premiere of Frost/ Nixon and Looking for Normal, Kiss Me Kate, The Woman in Black, Shadowlands, Jesus Christ Superstar, I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? More info: marilynlangbehn.net
GREG ZEMA (Music Director) is delighted to be working with CCCT once again. He music directed their production of My Fair Lady and played the roles of Dr. Madden in their production of Next To Normal and Tony in West Side Story. Greg recently conducted Phantom of the Opera for Stage 1 in partnership with Ohlone Summerfest. Other past theatrical ventures include Evita, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Jekyll & Hyde, Side Show, Les Miserables, Next To Normal, West Side Story, The Last 5 Years, Titanic, The Wedding Singer, Sweeney Todd, Camelot, Assassins, as well as productions of Follies, Bernstein’s Mass, Forever Plaid, Songs For A New World, and the East Bay premiers of Urinetown, Becoming Britney, and Sunset Boulevard.
JASON ROBERT BROWN is the ultimate multi-hyphenate – an equally skilled composer, lyricist, conductor, arranger, orchestrator, director, and performer – best known for his dazzling scores to several of the most renowned musicals of our time, including the generation-defining The Last Five Years, his debut song cycle Songs for a New World, and the seminal Parade, for which he won the 1999 Tony Award for Best Score.
Jason Robert Brown has been hailed as “one of Broadway’s smartest and most sophisticated songwriters since Stephen Sondheim” (Philadelphia Inquirer), and his “extraordinary, jubilant theater music” (Chicago Tribune) has been heard all over the world, whether in one of the hundreds of productions of his musicals every year or in his own incendiary live performances. The New York Times refers to Jason as “a leading member of a new generation of composers who embody high hopes for the American musical.” Jason’s score for The Bridges of Madison County, a musical adapted with Marsha Norman from the bestselling novel, received two Tony Awards (for Best Score and Orchestrations). Honeymoon In Vegas, based on Andrew Bergman’s film, opened on Broadway in 2015 following a triumphant production at Paper Mill Playhouse. A film version of his epochal Off-Broadway musical The Last Five Years was released in 2015, starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan and directed by Richard LaGravenese. His major musicals as composer and lyricist include: 13, written with Robert Horn and Dan Elish, which opened on Broadway in 2008 and was subsequently directed by the composer for its West End premiere in 2012; The Last Five 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 (and was later directed by the composer in its record-breaking Off-Broadway run at Second Stage Theatre in 2013); Parade, written with Alfred Uhry and directed by Harold Prince, which 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 has since been seen in hundreds of productions around the world since its 1995 Off-Broadway debut, including a celebrated revival at New York’s City Center in the summer of 2018. Parade was also the subject of a major revival directed by Rob Ashford, first at London’s Donmar Warehouse and then at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Jason conducted his orchestral adaptation of E.B. White’s novel The Trumpet of the Swan with the National Symphony Orchestra, and recorded the score for PS Classics. Future projects include a new chamber musical created with Daisy Prince and Jonathan Marc Sherman calledThe Connector; an adaptation of Lilian Lee’s Farewell My Concubine, created with Kenneth Lin and Moisés Kaufman; and a collaboration with Billy Crystal, Amanda Green, Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel on a musical of Mr. Saturday Night. Jason is the winner of the 2018 Louis Auchincloss Prize, the 2002 Kleban Award for Outstanding Lyrics and the 1996 Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Foundation Award for Musical Theatre. Jason’s songs, including the cabaret standard “Stars and the Moon,” have been performed and recorded by Ariana Grande, Audra McDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, Billy Porter, Betty Buckley, Renée Fleming, Jon Hendricks and many others, and his song “Someone To Fall Back On” was featured in the Walden Media film, Bandslam.
As a soloist or with his band The Caucasian Rhythm Kings, Jason has performed concerts around the world. For the past four years (and ongoing), his monthly sold-out performances at New York’s SubCulture have featured many of the music and theater world’s most extraordinary performers. His newest collection, “How We React and How We Recover”, was released in June 2018 on Ghostlight Records. His previous solo album, “Wearing Someone Else’s Clothes”, was named one of Amazon.com’s best of 2005, and is available from Sh-K-Boom Records. Jason’s 2012 concert with Anika Noni Rose was broadcast on PBS, and he was the featured soloist for a live episode of Friday Night Is Music Night, broadcast live from the London Palladium and featuring the BBC Concert Orchestra. His collaboration with singer Lauren Kennedy, “Songs of Jason Robert Brown”, is available on PS Classics. Jason is also the composer of the incidental music for the Broadway revival of You Can’t Take It With You, David Lindsay-Abaire’s Kimberly Akimbo and Fuddy Meers, and Kenneth Lonergan’s The Waverly Gallery, and he was a Tony Award nominee for his contributions to the score of Urban Cowboy the Musical. He has also contributed music to the hit Nickelodeon television series, The Wonder Pets as well as Sesame Street. Jason spent ten years teaching at the USC School of Dramatic Arts and has also taught at Harvard University, Princeton University, and Emerson College.
For the musical Prince of Broadway, a celebration of the career of his mentor Harold Prince, Jason was the musical supervisor and arranger. Other New York credits as conductor and arranger include Urban Cowboy the Musical on Broadway; Dinah Was, off-Broadway and on national tour; When Pigs Fly off-Broadway; William Finn’s A New Brain at Lincoln Center Theater; the 1992 tribute to Stephen Sondheim at Carnegie Hall (recorded by RCA Victor); Yoko Ono’s New York Rock, at the WPA Theatre; and Michael John LaChiusa’s The Petrified Prince at the Public Theatre. Jason orchestrated Andrew Lippa’s john and jen, Off-Broadway at Lamb’s Theatre. Additionally, Jason served as the orchestrator and arranger of Charles Strouse and Lee Adams’s score for a proposed musical of Star Wars. Jason has conducted and created arrangements and orchestrations for Liza Minnelli, John Pizzarelli, and Michael Feinstein, among many others.
Jason studied composition at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., with Samuel Adler, Christopher Rouse, and Joseph Schwantner. He lives with his wife, composer Georgia Stitt, and their daughters in New York City. Jason is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and the American Federation of Musicians Local 802. Visit him on the web at www.jasonrobertbrown.com.
- Still Hurting
- Shiksa Goddess
- See I’m Smiling
- Moving Too Fast
- A Part of That
- The Schmuel Song
- A Summer in Ohio
- The Next Ten Minutes
- A Miracle Would Happen/When You Come Home to Me
- Climbing Uphill
- 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
How long is the show? Is there an intermission?
The Last Five Years runs approximately 80 minutes; there is no intermission.
Is this show appropriate for my child?
We believe a parent is the best judge of what is suitable for their child to view. We will do our best to let you know of any content advisories (language, violence, etc.); if you have any additional questions about the production, send an email to and we’ll do our best to answer them for you.
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