On the second to the last day of its run, The Last 5 Years managed to entertain and confuse me all at in an hour and a half. 9 Works Theatrical’s adaptation of the musical The Last Five Years left me quite speechless, too. Nikki Gil and Joaquin Valdes as Cathy and Jamie (respectively) almost made me cry. Well, it was quite impossible to cry, so I don’t know if that’s really a good thing. But hey, it was quite a nice show.
So, here are five reasons why you should regret not being able to catch the show!
1. Well, there are only two characters in the musical. That was quite interesting for me. Imagine how two people can run a show without ample breaks. And it’s actually a musical! The songs weren’t easy to sing, too.
2. The story was simple and quite typical, but the playwright did a great job in telling the story. Both characters narrated at the same, only Cathy did it in reverse chronological order.
3. Every song was relatable. And I mean relatable.
4. Gil and Valdes gave their performance of their lives when I watched. So imagine how they did it during the first show. Their vocal prowess moved me into feeling for both of their characters, even if I’m quite biased towards Gil’s character Cathy.
5. The musical mirrored how love goes. It’s also serves as a wake up call to those who need a reality check.
The Last Five Years isn’t as spectacular and grand as Grease and Wicked, but it is purely beautiful otherwise. Hats off to you, Jason Robert Brown! Your musical made me ponder on my love life.