The last five years: One of the most popular off-Broadway musicals is back - Wishevoke

The last five years: One of the most popular off-Broadway musicals is back

One of the most popular off-Broadway musicals, this The last five years by the three Tony-winning American composer Jason Robert BrownShe returns to her alternative stage National Opera. The New York story of an unlikely love comes to life on stage, providing an unforgettable musical theater experience. The piece is performed under the musical direction of Michalis Papapetrou and translated and directed by the versatile comedian and librettist Dimitris Dimopoulos. The main roles are played by Vasia Zacharopoulou and Paris Paraskevadis.

A deeply emotional and personal chamber musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties, Cathy and Jamie, who find and lose love over the course of five years The last five years is characterized by its unconventional structure: Kathy tells the story backwards and Jamie tells it linearly. Their stories only agree once, and that was at their wedding ceremony.

The relationship you develop with a performance is completely different when you know that it doesn’t end but is repeated. Even if you don’t get upset, the show comes back to you and you’re definitely processing what went right and what went wrong, what you’d like to see again and what you should avoid.

The award-winning acting desk Named one of the ten best musicals of 2001 by Time Magazine, it brings to the stage an eclectic mix of sounds and influences, perfectly combining pop-rock with jazz, classical music and folk and country elements.

“I can’t wait to start rehearsals for the revival of the musical The Last Five Years on the Alternative Stage of ELLS, precisely because it is a revival,” says Dimitris Dimopoulos. “I am very excited to see how much the piece has matured in its two protagonists Vasia Zacharopoulou and that Paris Paraskevadissince almost a year has passed since the end of the performances in the previous artistic period and since then we knew that the show would be repeated.

»The relationship you develop with a performance is completely different when you know that it is not over but will be repeated. Even if you don’t get upset, the show comes back to you and you’re definitely processing what went right and what went wrong, what you’d like to see again and what you should avoid. I can’t wait to see them again with our conductor Michalis Papapetrou and have them tell me what they discovered on their own, because the Kathy and Jamie of our show are the Kathy and Jamie that we all created together in rehearsals. I’m also looking forward to seeing how different these rehearsals will be, where instead of figuring out what our show is going to be, we can go deeper and address what we missed when we were auditioning for our premiere back in the day. This I consider to be the greatest benefit of a revival, if it is actually a revival of rehearsal and performance, a process of re-creation and feedback rather than a sterile repetition, but.

»And I can’t wait to start performing too, so we can present all the new things we’ve discovered to the audience who greeted our show with so much warmth and enthusiasm when it was first presented. “It’s not possible to hold shows like this so often,” we heard a lot last year, and it’s lucky that we get the opportunity to come back for a few shows, if not more than last year.

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The alternative stage’s decision to include the musical in its repertoire seems to have paid off, which is reflected not only in the high number of visitors to the performances of the genre, but also in the high artistic impact that characterizes the musical performances on the alternative stage private productions, which are all too often – and I note this with some disappointment – spent on mediocre works of relatively well-known titles in performances that are boring copies of performances abroad. And that’s a shame, because in these shows you see a potential of young actors on stage who can support the genre and deserve better works.

So we are back with the musical “The last five years” and are looking forward to once again telling the story of two people who met in this extremely eventful and personal work by Jason Robert Brown, who signs the text and the music. fell in love and grew apart. And we return with pride that we have the opportunity to introduce more people to the work of a very important creator of the musical, who contributed to its development as a kind of theatrical substance and not as an audiovisual, superficial impression. And we return with the hope that we will have the opportunity to perform even more, not only in Athens but also outside!”

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Photo: Valeria Isaeva

Lyrics, music, lyrics: Jason Robert Brown
March 20, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31, 2024
Start time: 8:30 p.m. (Sunday: 7:30 p.m.)
Alternative stage of the National Opera – SNFCC
New York premiere by Ariel Tepper and Marty Bell
Premiere: Northlight Theater, Chicago
Musical direction: Michalis Papapetrou
Translation – Director: Dimitris Dimopoulos
Set design – costumes: David Negrin
Lighting: Christos Giogas
Vasia Zaharopoulou (Kathy), Paris Paraskevadis (Jamie)
Sales: Mislav Rezic (guitar), Manos Anagnostopoulos (electric bass), Michalis Papapetrou (piano), Dionysis Vervitsiotis (violin), Alexandros Botinis, Fabiola Oheda (cello)

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