From first date to final good-bye, The Last Five Years chronicles the highs and lows of modern marriage in an intimate, honest and richly moving musical portrait.

Through the course of 14 songs, rising novelist Jamie and struggling actress Cathy separately tell their own account of their five-year relationship. From the whimsical optimism of Jamie’s “Shiksa Goddess” to Cathy’s crushingly vulnerable “Still Hurting,” the young lovers explore their emotionally complex romance through beautifully haunting music and original, ingenious lyrics.

Directed by Washington’s own Aaron Posner, Jason Robert Brown’s (Parade, Songs for a New World) contemporary song cycle features an eclectic variety of music including pop, jazz, classical, folk and rock sung by Signature favorites James Gardiner (Chess, [title of show]) and Erin Weaver (Xanadu).

“Bittersweet and nearly perfect.” – Variety

“Mr. Brown’s score offers a mix of smart, conversational lyrics with a fetching array of pop-rock tunes and rhythms.” – The New York Times

The Critics are Raving about The Last Five Years



Performance run time is approximately 90 minutes. 


Note: This show replaces the previously-announced production of Crimes of the Heart in Signature’s 2012/13 season.