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Naka-falsetto ang “naaaaah!”

Anna Kendrick teams up with NBC’s SMASH’s Jeremy Jordan in the screen adaptation of one of Broadway’s most endearing and heartbreaking musical love stories – THE LAST FIVE YEARS.

Written by Tony award winning composer/lyricist Jason Robert Brown, THE LAST FIVE YEARS, and has been running since it premiered in Chicago in 2001. It tells the story of Jamie Wellerstein and Cathy Hiatt and their five-year relationship. But what makes this musical extraordinary is the way its narrative uses intercutting time line devices through their songs. Cathy’s story is told in reverse (starting on the day Jamie left her), while Jamie’s story is told chronologically (starting on the day they first met).

I saw the Philippine Production of this musical last August, and I ended up cryingScreen Shot 2014-12-08 at 10.14.40 PM silently (Anne might hear me). Fell in love with Nikki Gil (who played Cathy) but fell more in love with Joaquin Valdez (Jamie)! It’s a love story that juxtaposes the polarized scenarios of romance, making you realize more how much loss and regret come after each end.

Though I have some hesitations on its screen adaptation (because its unique narrative works better on stage), I’m still keeping my fingers crossed that this interpretation makes a mark.

Also, I’m really glad that a lot of musicals are making it to the silver screen, again.

THE LAST FIVE YEARS hits theaters in February 2015.

Watch the trailer below, or you can click here.

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Orly S. Agawin

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Orly has been writing for The Jellicle Blog since 2008. He is a training and development consultant by day and an art enthusiast by night. He lives in Parañaque with his mom.

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