Both sides of a love story

I got to see UT’s Plan II students put on “The Last Five Years” tonight and goodness gracious, I was very impressed. My best friend Brandon and I are pretty much obsessed with the musical by Jason Robert Brown- this would be our second time to see it. The first time we drove out to Abilene to see a production done for some reason that was attended by maybe, maybe 8 other people that night. But it’s the score that moves me, the lyrics are gorgeous but Brown’s score is just perfection.

Anyhow, we were really excited to see it, especially since they’d called upon a full ensemble for the band- a bass, piano, violin, cello, guitar- it was lovely. Robine Morrison shone as Cathy, once she got to the great, funny, meaty Cathy songs and she got to power through the glory notes Sheri Renee Scott beat into submission so effortlessly on the soundtrack; and Brandon Stackhouse was congenial and poignant to where I actually felt kinda bad for Jamie at the end, that jerk. Jamie, not Brandon. A very good show all around.

The show’s got one more performance on Saturday, its $5 at the door and you can read more about it here.

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