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Musical Stage LA Presents "The Last Five Years" at the Haag Recital Hall in Torrance, CA

(PRWEB) December 31, 2004 -- Tony-winning composer Jason Robert Brown's newest musical, The Last Five Years makes its South Bay premiere at Musical Stage LA playing in the Haag Recital Hall February 19, 26, and 27, 2005. This modern falling-in-and-out-of-love musical is full of lush melodies and emotionally resonant lyrics.

The composer told the New York Post that the show tackles many of the questions facing young married couples as traditional roles and expectations have disintegrated. “Now it's a question of how do you have a successful marriage and still grow as an individual? Where does a couple find true fulfillment, in each other or in other goals and ambitions?”

The Last Five Years, which has been called “the musical for a new generation,” features two actors. 22 year-old Nathaniel Cowden, a Culver City native and graduate of UCSC, plays Jamie, an aspiring Jewish writer, and 24 year-old Manhattan Beach resident and USC grad Marcy Brooks plays Cathy, the Irish-Catholic struggling actress.

The show is directed by Wes Burrell. Design by Vandy Scoates. Musicians are pianist Rin-rin Yu and South Bay Youth Orchestra cellist Michael Carey.

February 19 at 8:00pm, February 26 at 8:00pm, February 27 at 3:00pm

Single Ticket Prices: $12 general, $8 students/seniors.

Charge by phone at 1-800-832–ARTS (2787)

Haag Recital Hall is a 180-seat theatre located at 16007 Crenshaw Blvd. Torrance, CA 90506 on the El Camino College campus. Parking is $2.

"Compulsively enjoyable... The two characters 'make beautiful music together'... The show moves smartly along on the specificity of truth... Unpredictably heartfelt insights, energized by a seductive, rhythmic drive... Expressive, low-rumbling strings of the orchestra... Poignant and ironic... set is simple yet striking... New York sense of humor... Here is a real modern falling-in-and-out-of-love musical... Their last five years make us feel much better about the future of musical theater." -Linda Winer, The New York Post

"A bracing musical theater piece... Brimming with persistent melodies, thoughtful lyrics and a heartfelt, compelling story... Articulated with surprising tenderness... Brown's fine score is diverse... Catchy tunes. There are several here that stick in the memory... Poignant... Intelligent lyrics... Blessed with two gifted performers... A potent reminder of what musicals can be like when they make up their minds to really sing." -Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press

"Pulses with dangerous, irresistible giddiness... Mr. Brown is a leading member of a new generation of composers who embody high hopes for the American musical... Brown has captured the delicious energy of being young, gifted and meteoric in New York City... Mr. Brown confirms his sparkling facility as a composer, fluidly mixing diverse styles. They range from waltzes to rhythm and blues, from Sondheimesque urbanity to a clever 'Chorus Line'-like audition piece for Cathy." -Ben Brantley, The New York Times

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