The Last Five Years

I haven’t watched The Last Five Years yet, and though it hasn’t got the best reviews, there’s a thread that resonates.

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(Source: http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/broadway/images/7/7d/TheLastFiveYears.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20070330150806)

The structure of the storytelling is interesting:

The story explores a five-year relationship between Jamie Wellerstein, a rising novelist, and Cathy Hiatt, a struggling actress. The show uses a form of storytelling in which Cathy’s story is told in reverse chronological order (beginning the show at the end of the marriage), and Jamie’s is told in chronological order (starting just after the couple have first met). The characters do not directly interact except for a wedding song in the middle as their timelines intersect. (Wikipedia)

The songs in the chronological order of their relationship (from: http://theatrethoughts.tumblr.com/post/113450243457/the-last-five-years-songs-in-chronological-order)

  1. Goodbye Until Tomorrow
  2. Shiksa Goddess
  3. I Can Do Better Than That
  4. Moving Too Fast
  5. Climbing Uphill
  6. The Schmuel Song
  7. When You Come Home to Me
  8. The Next Ten Minutes
  9. A Summer in Ohio
  10. A Miracle Would Happen
  11. I’m A Part of That
  12. If I Didn’t Believe in You
  13. Nobody Needs to Know
  14. See I’m Smiling
  15. I Could Never Rescue You
  16. Still Hurting

Read more about the stage and movie versions here:

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