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The Last Five Years, by Jason Robert Brown
Great!
Friday, November 16, 2007
4.5
Actors Express put on yet another wonderful production with The Last 5 Years. The set is spectacular...a great amount of different scenes take place in a such a small space, and is completely believable for the audience. The actors must play to both sides of the audience, as the set splits center of the theatre. Although sometimes it felt a little unnatural for the actors, they did a fabulous job playing to all audience members. However, for someone like me who sat in the corner, I missed alot of facial expression because I couldn't see their front side for large chunks of songs. Both actors are incredible. With only a few pitch problems, they are both magnificent singers and actors. It was interesting. I had never seen this show performed live, yet I am very familiar with the music. Since I had only heard Sherie Renee Scott and Norbert Leo Butz do it, it was a surprise to me when these actors started singing. Their voices were very distinct and very different from the recording. It took me a couple of songs to get used to the different qualities of their voices from what I was used to, but once I did, I fell in love with the characters. Both actors were incredibly dedicated and honest with their roles.


My favorite part of the production, I would have to say, is the technical side. The set was really great. And simple lighting created a very honest musical that the audience really could relate to.
And to mention the orchestra...they were very talented! Jason Robert Brown's compositions are not easy to master, but this orchestra played not one imperfect note. Great job.


I strongly suggest going to see this production before it closes. Congratulations Kate Warner and Actors Express! You've got another wonderful production on your hands.

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