The Last Five Years

Synopsis: The Last 5 Years by Tony award winning composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown is a musical deconstruction of a love affair and a marriage taking place over a five year period. Jamie Wellerstein is a young, talented up and coming Jewish novelist who falls in love with Cathy Hiatt, a Shiksa Goddess struggling actress. Their story is told almost entirely through songs using an intercutting time line device; all of Cathy's songs begin at the end of their marriage and move backwards in time to the beginning of their love affair while Jamie's songs start at the beginning of their affair and move forward to the end of their marriage. They meet in the center when Jamie proposes.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical
Director(s): Richard LaGravenese
Production: Radius-TWC
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min

Jamie is over and Jamie is gone

Jamie's decided it's time to move on

Jamie has new dreams he's building upon

And I'm still hurting

Jamie arrived at the end of the line

Jamie's convinced

that the problems are mine

Jamie is probably feeling just fine

And I'm still hurting

What about lies, Jamie?

What about things

That you swore to be true?

What about you, Jamie?

What about you?

Jamie is sure something wonderful died

Jamie decides it's his right to decide

Jamie's got secrets he doesn't confide

And I'm still hurting

Go and hide

And run away

Run away

Run and find something better

Go and ride

The sun away

Run away

Like it's simple

Like it's right

Give me a day, Jamie

Bring back the lies

Hang them back on the wall

Maybe I'd see

How you could be

So certain that we

Had no chance

At all

Jamie is over and where can I turn?

Covered with scars I did nothing to earn

Maybe there's somewhere

a lesson to learn

But that wouldn't change the fact

That wouldn't speed the time

Once the foundation's cracked

And I'm

Still hurting

Jamie... Jamie, wait.

I'm breaking my mother's heart

The longer I stand looking at you

The more I hear it splinter and crack

From 90 miles away

I'm breaking my mother's heart

The JCC of Spring Valley is shaking

And crumbling to the ground

And my grandfather's rolling

Rolling in his grave

If you had a tattoo that wouldn't matter

If you had a shaved head

that would be cool

If you came from Spain or Japan

or the back of a van

Just as long as you're

not from Hebrew school

I'd say, "Now I'm getting somewhere!

I'm finally breaking through!"

I'd say, "Hey! Hey! Shiksa goddess!

I've been waiting for someone like you"

Oh, my God! OK, hold on. Hold on.

What's happening?

I have to... I have to take this in.

You don't understand.

I have been waiting through

Danica Schwartz and Erica Weiss

And the Handelman twins

I have been waiting through

Heather Greenblatt, Annie Mincus,

Karen Pincus and Lisa Katz

And Stacey Rosen, Ellen Kaplan,

Julie Silver and Janie Stein

I've had Shabbat dinners

on Friday nights

With every Shapiro

in Washington Heights!

But the minute I first met you

I could barely catch my breath

I've been standing for days

with the phone in my hand

Like an idiot scared to death

I've been wandering through the desert

I've been beaten I've been hit

My people have suffered

for thousands of years

And I don't give a sh*t

If you had a pierced tongue

that wouldn't matter

If you once were in jail

or you once were a man

If your mother and your brother

had relations with each other

And your father was connected

to the Gotti clan, I'd say,

"Well, nobody's perfect"

It's tragic but it's true

I'd say, "Hey! Hey! Shiksa goddess!

I've been waiting for someone like you"

Breaking the circle


Taking the light


You are the story I should write

I have to write!

If you drove an RV that wouldn't matter

If you like to drink blood

I think it's cute

If you've got a powerful connection

to your firearm collection

I'd say draw a bead and shoot

I'm your Hebrew slave at your service

Just tell me what to do

I'd say, "Hey, hey, hey...

I've been waiting for someone

I've been praying for someone

I think that I could be in love

With someone

Like you"

I guess I can't believe you really came

And that we're sitting on this pier

See, I'm smiling

That means I'm happy that you're here

I stole this sweater from a costume shop

It makes me look like Daisy Mae

See, we're laughing

I think we're gonna be OK

I mean, we'll have to

try a little harder

And bend things to and fro

To make this love as special

As it was five years ago

I mean you made it to Ohio

Who knows where else

We can go

I think you're really

gonna like this show

I'm pretty sure it doesn't suck

See, you're laughing

And I'm smiling

By a river in Ohio

And you're mine

We're doing fine

I think we both can see

what could be better

I'll own when I was wrong

With all we've had to go through

We'll end up twice as strong

And so we'll start again this weekend

And just keep rolling along

Baby, I... I'm so sorry.

I can't stay this weekend.

I have this stupid Random House thing,

it's tomorrow.

I couldn't get out.

I didn't know you had to go so soon

I'm so sorry, sweetheart.

I thought we had a little time

I know.

Look, whatever If you have to

Then you have to

So whatever

It's all right

We'll have tonight


See, the thing is, I tried to get

a plane ticket for tomorrow,

but the only ones

available were for tonight.

So... you know, I can come back

on Monday if you want.

You know what makes me crazy?

I'm sorry, can I say this?

You know what makes me nuts?

The fact that we could be together

Here together Sharing our night

Spending our time

And you are gonna choose

Someone else to be with

No, you are

I'm not... That's not true.

Yes, Jamie, that's exactly

what you're doing

You could be here with me

or be there with them

As usual guess which you pick

Baby, I have to go!

No, Jamie, you do not have to go

To another party with the same

20jerks you already know

You could stay with your wife

on her f***ing birthday

And you could, God forbid,

even see my show

And I know in your soul

it must drive you crazy

That you won't get to play

with your little girlfriends

- You're being crazy!

- No, I'm not, no, I'm not!

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Richard LaGravenese

Richard LaGravenese (born October 30, 1959) is an American screenwriter and film director, best known as the writer of The Fisher King. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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