MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Theatre Memphis will produce the Tennessee premiere of "The Last Five Years" on the Lohrey Stage July 25 to Aug. 10.

This new musical by Jason Robert Brown will be directed by Bob Hetherington. Musical director will be Andrew Bryan.

"The Last Five Years" is an intimate, two-person musical that tells the compelling story of Jamie, a nice Jewish boy, and Catherine, a good Irish Catholic girl, who fall in love, get married, and fall apart over the course of five years.

Jamie is an emerging novelist enjoying his first taste of success, while Kathleen is a struggling actress having trouble hitting it big. The play chronicles this young couple's romance in an exciting way: her story begins at the end of their relationship, and his begins on the day they met.

The musical score navigates the minefields of love and marriage through soulful, soaring music and lyrics that evoke contemporary pop songwriters like Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon, combined with the theatrical styles of Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein.

Traditional Jewish and Irish musical themes are also played against the sounds, pace and complexity of contemporary life in New York City.

The story of this young couple, whose powerful love for one another cannot overcome their cultural differences and divergent dreams, is both wildly funny and crushingly sad.

SHOWTIMES: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays
TICKETS: $25 Adults; $15 Students with valid ID card
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The Last Five Years