Out of the Box Theatrics and Holmdel Theatre Company will present Nasia Thomas and Nicholas Edwards in The Last Five Years
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 08:22 am EST 11/25/20

Out of the Box Theatrics
Holmdel Theatre Company
to co-produce
a streaming production of
Jason Robert Brown's
The Last Five Years
Nasia Thomas
Nicholas Edwards
February 11-25, 2021

New York City's Out of the Box Theatrics (Elizabeth Flemming, Founder and Producing Artistic Director; Ethan Paulini, Associate Artistic Director) and Holmdel, N.J.'s Holmdel Theatre Company (Laurie Devino, Artistic Director; Colleen Cook, Executive Director) will join forces to co-produce a new streaming production of The Last Five Years, featuring book, music and lyrics by three-time Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Bridges of Madison County) and starring Nasia Thomas ( Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) and Nicholas Edwards (Frozen, Berkshire Theatre Group's Godspell). Producing Consultant is Blair Russell (Slave Play).

The production will be rehearsed and filmed at Holmdel Theatre Company and will be streamed for 16 performances from February 11-25, 2021. Ticket information, director and additional creative team will be announced in coming weeks.

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 Last Five Years' unconventional structure consists of Cathy, the woman, telling her story backwards while Jamie, the man, tells his story chronologically; the two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show.

The Last Five Years originally premiered in 2001 at Chicago's Porchlight Theatre before premiering Off-Broadway in 2003 in a production starring Sherie Rene Scott and Norbert Leo Butz. The musical has since received multiple national and international productions in many languages. In 2013, it was revived Off-Broadway at Second Stage in a production starring Betsy Wolfe and Adam Kantor, and a film version starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan was released in 2014.

Nasia Thomas (Cathy) most recently portrayed the role of Radio 1 in the Broadway revival of Caroline, or Change and will return to the company when Broadway reopens. Broadway: Mama Rose/Flo Ballard/Tammi Terrell in Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations, Little Eva in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical . National Tour: Beautiful. Regional: Ain't Too Proud (Berkeley Rep, Kennedy Center, Center Theatre Group, Mirvish- Toronto), Hairspray (MUNY), Beauty and the Beast (TUTS). BFA MT Elon '15, The Governor's School for the Arts '11. DGRW. Thankful to her parents for the endless sacrifices, and all the people who helped mold her into who she is today. Instagram: @nasiathomas.

Nicholas Edwards (Jamie) recently starred as Jesus in Berkshire Theatre Group's production of Godspell, the first Actors' Equity Association approved musical since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The production received nationwide acclaim for pioneering the rebirth of American theatre during the pandemic. Before the pandemic shuttered theaters, Nicholas was rehearsing for the revival of Aida and appeared in the world premiere of Unmasked: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber at Paper Mill Playhouse. Broadway: Frozen (u/s Kristoff and Pabbie). National Tour: Les Misérables (u/s Enjolras), Sister Act (Pablo). Off-Broadway: Spamilton. Select regional credits include Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar (DC's Signature Theatre) and Valentin in Kiss of the Spider Woman (Triangle Productions). BFA Musical Theatre, Montclair State University. In his free time, Nicholas streams on Twitch and writes music. Huge thanks to DGRW & Out of the Box Theatrics! @NickEdwardsNYC. TheNicholasEdwards.com

Jason Robert Brown (Book, Music, Lyrics). As composer/lyricist: Songs for a New World, Parade (1999 Tony Award for Best Score), The Last Five Years (2002 Drama Desk for Best Music and Best Lyrics), 13, The Bridges of Madison County (2014 Tony Awards for Best Score & Best Orchestrations), Honeymoon in Vegas. 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; Michael John LaChiusa's The Petrified Prince at the Public Theatre, and orchestrations for Andrew Lippa's john and jen at the Lamb's Theatre. Recordings: Wearing Someone Else's Clothes (Amazon.com Best of 2005), The Trumpet of the Swan, Jason Robert Brown in Concert with Anika Noni Rose (also seen on PBS). Jason perfomrs at NYC's SubCulture monthly with his band The Caucasian Rhythm Kings. 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. www.jasonrobertbrown.com.

Out of the Box Theatrics (OOTB) is an Off-Broadway Non-For-Profit committed to lifting the voices of marginalized communities through the stories they tell. OOTB challenges audiences to experience work outside of their expectations and strives to diversify American theater by providing an inclusive and accessible platform for artists and patrons. Out of the Box Theatrics was founded in 2015 by Elizabeth Flemming.

Holmdel Theatre Company at the Duncan Smith Theater (HTC) is a non-profit, semi-professional theatre company dedicated to presenting fresh interpretations of classic plays as well as rarely presented modern dramas and comedies. HTC is dedicated to providing opportunities for students and non-professionals to work with professional theatre artists in a collaborative, artistic and educational exchange. Making this sophisticated informality possible is The Duncan Smith Theater. Congenial and warm, this historic, 125-year-old barn has been transformed into a modern, fully air-conditioned facility with 99 comfortably cushioned seats. The HTC performance space is a black box theatre that allows for flexibility in stage and seating arrangement to suit the specific requirements of a production. The Duncan Smith Theater gives each artist the opportunity to explore more experimental modes of performance. This intimate space allows the audience to connect with the performing artists.

Blair Russell (Producing Consultant) is a Tony nominated producer, developer, supporter, and lover of theatre whose experience ranges from fringe festivals to Broadway shows. He specializes in the development of new plays and musicals. He produces live immersive audio dramas as Director of Operations for Resounding. As a producer, Blair is most proud of bringing Slave Play by Jeremy O. Harris to Broadway. Some of his other favorite credits include the critically acclaimed immersive Off-Broadway production of Sweeney Todd at the Greenwich House Theater and the West End productions of Gypsy with Imelda Staunton and Show Boat at the Gillian Lynne Theatre. For Jujamcyn Theaters, Blair oversaw the daily activities of the office of the President before joining the Theatre Operations department in managing the running of five Broadway theaters. At Goodspeed Musicals (a two-time Tony award-winning regional theater), he assisted the producers in managing the seasons at both the mainstage Opera House and the Norma Terris Theater, line produced the annual Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals, and assisted with the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony. Some of his favorite shows at Goodspeed include The Circus in Winter, Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn and LMNOP.
Link http://www.ootbtheatrics.com

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