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Critically acclaimed virtual production of The Last Five Years extends through May 9
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 07:59 pm EDT 04/15/21

2021 Drama League Award nominee
Outstanding Digital Theater, Individual Production

"Critic's Pick! Gorgeously performed. Filmed inside a
New York apartment, The Last Five Years recalls
the claustrophobic bubble of a couple who remain stuck -
because of love or codependency or, maybe, a pandemic -
in each other's orbits until something gives.
Jason Michael Webb's inspired direction of this
robust production keeps the characters, and the paths
of their relationship, in a tight embrace."
Maya Phillips, The New York Times

"The Last Five Years is a webcast production
of supreme dramatic and technical excellence,
as fine a show of any kind as I've reviewed
since I started covering online theater a year ago."
Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal


Out of the Box Theatrics
and Holmdel Theatre Company's
critically acclaimed virtual production of
The Last Five Years
extends through May 9

Starring
Nasia Thomas and Nicholas Edwards
Book, music and lyrics by
Jason Robert Brown
Directed by
Jason Michael Webb

The producers of The Last Five Years are pleased to announce an extension for the critically acclaimed virtual production, due to unprecedented audience demand.

The production, which has been nominated for a Drama League Award for Outstanding Digital Theatre, Individual Production, originally ran March 15-28, and recently returned for an encore engagement from April 13-25. The production will now be available through May 9

Because of contractual requirements, availability is limited. For tickets, visit www.ootbtheatrics.com/l5y.


Nasia Thomas as Cathy, Nicholas Edwards as Jamie in The Last Five Years.
© Gerald Malavel

The Last Five Years, with book, music and lyrics by three-time Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown, stars 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), and is directed and musically directed by Tony Award winner Jason Michael Webb (Choir Boy).

The production, which was rehearsed remotely and filmed in a New York apartment, following all COVID-19 safety protocols from Actors' Equity Association, the state of New York and federal guidelines, was produced by Out of the Box Theatrics (Elizabeth Flemming, Founder and Producing Artistic Director; Ethan Paulini, Associate Artistic Director), Holmdel Theatre Company (Laurie Devino, Artistic Director; Colleen Cook, Executive Director) and Blair Russell (Slave Play).

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 (Thomas), the woman, telling her story backwards while Jamie (Edwards), 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.

Costume Designer is Siene Zoë Allen (What the Constitution Means to Me). Production Designer is Adam Honoré (Ain't No Mo'). Make-Up Advisor is Tina Scariano. Associate Director is Christina Franklin (For Colored Girls...). Associate Music Director is Cynthia Meng (Company, Hadestown). Stage Manager is Egypt Dixon. Assistant Stage Manager is Joshua Christensen.

Co-producer & Film Advisor is Joanna White-Oldham. Director of Photography and Videographer is Brian Bon. Assistant Cameraperson is Milton Guanga. Sound Operator is Nicole Maupin . Sound Editor is Carin M. Ford. Video Editor is Dimly Wit Productions.

The orchestra features Cynthia Meng (Keyboard), Sterling Elliott (Cello 1 & 2), Orlando Wells (Violin), Jonathan Linden (Guitar), Chelton Grey (Bass) and Brandon Brooks (Drums).

BIOGRAPHIES

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: The Life and Times of The Temptations (Berkeley Rep, Kennedy Center, Center Theatre Group, Mirvish- Toronto), Beauty and the Beast (TUTS), Hairspray (MUNY). 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 Univ. 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; 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. 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. Visit him on the web at www.jasonrobertbrown.com.

Jason Michael Webb (Director/Musical Director) is a composer, lyricist, musical director, producer and arranger. From conducting orchestras in Broadway pits to writing and arranging music for a President's inauguration, Jason has dedicated his life to using music to heal, uplift and encourage. Mr. Webb's early musical training consisted of formal classical study, playing in small churches and listening to pop music. By 21, he had a degree in classical piano, played in the biggest churches in New York City and made his orchestral solo debut with the Queens Symphony. He then went on to become Musical Director of the six-time Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle, for whom Mr. Webb co-wrote and produced four albums, leading to two Stellar Award nominations and a Dove Award win. His arrangement of BTC's "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" was featured at the 2013 inauguration of President Barack Obama and simultaneously heard by over one billion people worldwide. Mr. Webb wrote music and lyrics for Kenny Leon's production of Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare in the Park, The Public Theater) (also Music Supervisor/Incidental Music). His writing can also be heard on the hit TV series "Empire" (Fox), Netflix film "Juanita" (starring Alfre Woodard), recording projects and original musicals, including the South African musical "WiLDFLOWER." Mr. Webb received a 2019 Special Tony Award for "outstanding arrangements" and a 2019 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music in a Play for Tarell Alvin McCraney's Choir Boy (MTC). He served as Musical Director of the Tony-, Emmy- and Grammy-winning 2016 Broadway revival of The Color Purple, directed by John Doyle and based on the timeless novel by Alice Walker. Mr. Webb is Music Director/Arranger for Cynthia Erivo, who won a 2016 Tony Award as Celie in the Broadway revival. Other credits include Associate Production Music Supervisor for The Greatest Showman (20th Century Fox); Musical Director and Arranger/Adaptor for Disney's Frozen: Live at the Hyperion (Anaheim, CA); and Associate Musical Director of Broadway shows including Berry Gordy's Motown: The Musical, Alan Menken's Leap of Faith and Jeanine Tesori's Violet (also Additional Arrangements). Mr. Webb has appeared as a Pianist onstage with Dame Shirley Bassey, Michael Bolton, Cece Winans, and Chaka Khan. He has conducted live and recording orchestras from New York to LA, including internationally acclaimed pianist Lang Lang's 2016 love letter to NYC, "New York Rhapsody" (PBS), which featured performances by Rufus Wainwright, Regina Spektor and Suzanne Vega.

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.

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