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Millennial Theatre Remakes ‘Last Five Years’ as a Film

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Joshua Fleming and Rosie Bresson will be reunited as the leads when Millennial Theatre Co. brings “The Last Five Years.”

The virtual production of the play will be available to stream beginning Feb. 26.

Millennial last presented the play in 2018 at the Hopewell Theatre.

Filmed on location around the area, the production is directed by Joe Asente with music direction by Savannah Florkowski.

“The Last Five Years,” by Jason Robert Brown, is an  intimate look at a couple’s doomed marriage. Cathy, a struggling actress, and Jamie, a budding novelist on the brink of wild success, are 20-somethings in New York who meet, fall in love, marry, and divorce over the span of five years.

Cathy tells the story from the end of their marriage; Jamie begins from when they first meet. As the musical unfolds, Cathy moves backward in time to the beginning of the relationship as Jamie moves toward the end; they meet only once, in the middle, at their wedding.

“The Last Five Years has always been one of the most special projects we ever worked on,” Asente says. “We love working with Josh and Rosie. They just work so perfectly in these roles.”

Asente had considered doing a concert or a song or two from the play for a live stream, but he didn’t want to touch the play again unless there was something new to add.

“When the remote performance rights became available for this show, I knew we had to do it,” Asente says. “I could not pass up the opportunity to expand this show in such a unique way.”

For example, instead of staging the “See I’m Smiling” scene on a stage with blue lighting to suggest a pier, as Millennial did in its 2018 performance, the scene was actually filmed on a pier for the virtual production.

“What director would not want to expand his or her work in a real-world setting?,” Asente says.  

Unlike Millennial’s production of “Songs for a New World” last fall, which was filmed remotely with actors submitting self-recorded video,” The Last Five Years” was filmed by Asente.

“This is very much a movie version of the musical, rather than just a virtual musical movie-hybrid,” he says. “Since Josh and Rosie were both local, I was able to be there for every scene and operate the camera, which allowed me to really work with transitions between scenes and get into the details of each number – something I am not able to do when the actors need to self-record.”

Streaming tickets for the production are available before Feb. 26 at MillennialTheatre.org and using presale code MTC to unlock the event. Starting Feb. 26, the video can be purchased without a presale code. Access is $20 for a single ticket (single viewer in a single location) and $30 for a family ticket (multiple viewers in one location). Once streaming access is purchased, the streaming code provided will be active for 48 hours after the play button is hit for the first time.

The production will be available to stream for a limited time. 

Pictured above: Joshua Fleming and Rosie Bresson in a scene from Millennial Theatre company’s streaming production of “The Last Five Years.”

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Posted Feb. 22, 2021.

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