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Town Hall Theater musical review: The Last Five Years

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Posted on April 10, 2015 | Blog Category:
By Angelo Lynn



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Seldom does a musical pack such an emotional punch, grabbing you from its heart-wrenching start on the one hand, to the height of joyous love on the other. “The Last Five Years,” now playing at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater, does just that — and more.

It’s funny, fast-moving, brilliantly crafted and stars two powerhouse veterans of the THT stage in Mike McCann (Javert in Les Misérables and Father in Ragtime) and Kim Anderson (who stole the show with her stunning performance as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl.)

Jason Robert Brown’s “The Last Five Years” has yet to make it to Broadway, but among playwrights it’s heralded as one of the most remarkable musicals of recent times. The script tours the range of emotions a young couple has as they fall in love, start their careers (one on stage, the other as an author), move in together, get married and then pull apart.

But the story is told with a masterful twist: Each character starts at the other end of the five-year period of their relationship — one at the beginning and the other at the end — and relive the story to its respective beginning or end, meeting only briefly in the middle. The detail of their stories, as told at opposite stages of the timeline, makes the drama extraordinarily real and revealing.

Wonderfully acted with beautiful and dynamic voices, McCann and Anderson rock the stage with one of the most heartfelt performances of the year. Doug Anderson's directing hit the mark

See it if you can. Performances continue this Saturday night (8 p.m.) and Sunday for a 2 p.m. matinee. For tickets call 382-9222 or www.townhalltheater.org.

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