The Last Five Years

musicals and operas · oscar productions · Ages 16+ · United States

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June 20, 2012 certified reviewer

My overall impression

We have seen this show done many times before, with varying levels of quality. This one was, to be honest, mixed. Aly was excellent, as others have said. Nate was ok, but his voice was not quite strong enough. But the biggest problem was the staging — there was way too much interaction between the characters and way too much of them being in the same scenes together. It just confuses things. The show is hard enough to follow (for first timers) even when it is done “right” — with the characters alternating songs and only interacting in the one central wedding scene. But with the mingling of characters in each other’s numbers, it just made it a mush to follow. The scene with Jamie in bed with another woman was majorly confusing if you didn’t already know the show. On the plus side, the Schmuel song was quite well done, really enjoyed it. And the keyboard musician was excellent (although there’s nothing quite like seeing this show with violin and cello).

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