I’m not doing reviews anymore but I didn’t have time to preview The Last 5 Years and just saw it last weekend. I have to say it’s the best musical I’ve seen all season - chalk up another one for Storybook Theatre, who impressed Calgary with last year’s production of Avenue Q as part of their (adult) Novel series – and impressed me with their most recent production of Hairspray (my previous best show of the season). The performances of Madeleine Suddaby (who already won a coveted “Lynnie” award last year for being so good I would see anything she’s in) and JP Thibodeau (who might well be added to this year’s list) were outstanding, as was the live on-stage band under the baton of Susan Lexa.
In fact I liked the show so much I was inspired to support their annual fundraiser and offer to match donations Storybook Theatre gets up to the end of their run on Saturday (see below) AND I’m taking the Calgary Musicals+ Meetup Group again on Friday to check out the alternate pair in the lead roles (Sarah Irwin and Brandon Wood). I’m told my sympathies might change this time. I’ll be curious to find out.
I’m too busy to write up much of an article this week, so I’m just reproducing the listing I have in the Meetup Group site below. So far the critics are unanimous on this one – go see it!
Novel Productions in partnership with StoryBook Theatre Society present THE LAST 5 YEARS – a fundraising event for 2013/14 programming
by Jason Robert Brown
directed by Mark Bellamy
musical direction by Susan Lexa
Only two more shows – Friday and Saturday this week!
This is the much-anticipated follow-up show to the 2012 hit Avenue Q. Novel Productions is an offshoot of the StoryBook Theatre family used to fundraise for annual programming and is a more “adult” production than their usual children’s fare.
Jason Robert Brown’s contemporary musical The Last Five Years tells the emotionally powerful story of two twenty-something New Yorkers who dive head first into a marriage fueled by the optimism that comes with finding “the one.” But in a city where professional and personal passions collide and only the strongest relationships survive, navigating the waters of love and matrimony can sometimes prove too much. Funny, honest and intimate, with an exuberantly romantic score, The Last Five Years takes a bold look at one young couple’s hope that love endures the test of time.
Tickets are $32. Arrange your own tickets and tell others where you’re sitting or we can meet at the door (availability still good).
Here is a sneak peek
For more info or tickets see
And here’s the link to my fundraising challenge – from Storybook’s Facebook Page:
StoryBook is thrilled to announce that calgarymusicals.com in support of our fundraising effort with the Last 5 Years has issued a challenge to all our supporters. For all the donations made beyond tickets sales by our patrons they will match the amount, dollar for dollar to a maximum of $5000 (one for each year of the show) until the show closes next Saturday.
So please MAKE A DONATION TO STORYBOOK TODAY!!!