HART presents Off-Broadway musical hit
HART will present the off-Broadway musical hit, “The Last Five Years” beginning Oct. 11 in the Feichter Studio with New York actor Tony Lance, returning to the HART Stage.
Proceeds from the two week run will benefit the HART Stage II building campaign. Lance, one of HART’s most popular musical theater leading men, appeared as Tony in “West Side Story,” as well as leads in “My Fair Lady” and “Jane Eyre.” Lance performed “The Last Five Years” Off-Broadway, last year with Gillian Bell, and is bringing it to HART as a fundraising event for HART’s new Fangmeyer Theater.
Since moving to New York he has appeared in “West Side Story,” “Les Miserables” and “Oliver,” among others. Bell holds a degree in music from the Eastman School of Music, has performed in opera companies across the county and with the Asheville Choral Society as a featured soloist. She has also appeared in professional productions of “Les Miserables” and “Company.”
Jason Robert Brown is best known to HART audiences for his musical “Parade.” His newest work is a musical adaptation of “The Bridges of Madison County,” opening on Broadway in January. The show originated at the Northlight Theatre in Chicago in 2001 and has been produced many times since.
The story explores a five-year relationship between Jamie Wellerstein, a rising novelist, and Cathy Hyatt, a struggling actress. The show uses a form of storytelling in which Cathy's story is told in reverse chronological order (beginning the show at the end of the marriage), and Jamie's is told in chronological order (starting just after the couple have first met).
The characters do not directly interact except for a wedding song in the middle as their timelines intersect.
Seating in the Feichter Studio is limited and reservations are recommended. To reserve seats call HART at 456-6322 or go online to www.harttheatre.com . Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11, 12, 18, 19 and at 3 p.m. Oct. 13, and 20 at 250 Pigeon St. in Waynesville,