Posted on August 8, 2006 at 4:22 pm

[Editorial note: I did not write this press release. I would not write Mars-Venus references. You know me better than that. But I am too lazy to rewrite their press release. So try to ignore the “writing” and just take in the information, which is that there’s a very exciting new production of “The Last Five Years” opening in Melbourne, and hopefully both of my fans there will turn off their computers for eighty minutes and go.]
Anyone who has ever wondered about whether men really are from Mars, or if women do come from Venus, will love Melbourne Music Theatre’s debut production – The Last Five Years.
As a new company, dedicated to professional productions of innovative contemporary musical theatre, Melbourne Music Theatre’s vision reflects its confidence in the imaginative power of the Musical at its best, and its conviction that tackling projects of quality always involves taking creative risks.
It is fitting that The Last Five Years – one of the most brilliant and highly-acclaimed works in contemporary American theatre – marks the arrival of Melbourne Music Theatre as an adventurous young player on the local theatre scene.
The Last Five Years is about passionate relationships and the differences between men and women.
The Last Five Years is for anyone who has loved and lost.
It follows the relationship of Jamie and Cathy through its five turbulent years, capturing the tenderness of their romance, the intimacy of their marriage and the pain of their separation.
Jamie will be performed by Matt Hetherington, best known for his lead role of Terry in the State Theatre season of The Full Monty.
Cathy will be played by Laura Fitzpatrick, who recently starred as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre, and is currently playing Hodel in the Australian production of Fiddler On The Roof.
The fifteen songs – beautiful, ironic, often very funny and sometimes painfully moving – confirm writer Jason Robert Brown’s status as the most remarkable new voice in American musical theatre since Stephen Sondheim.
With Peter Fitzpatrick as director, musical director Vicky Jacobs and the wonderful environment of Chapel off Chapel, The Last Five Years will be a musical theatre experience not to be missed.
The Last Five Years will perform a three-week, 20-show season from August 31 – September 17.
Media enquiries to Cavanagh PR
Julie Cavanagh : (03) 9486 1299 or 0419 306 540
Larissa Cavanagh : (03) 9486 1455 or 0419 348 938