Friday, September 5, 2014

V-Day is D-Day: 'Last Five' Will Battle 'Fifty Shades'

The Last Five Years finally has a release date: it will break hearts just in time for Valentine's Day next year. 

Musical theater fans have been anxious for any details about the Jason Robert Brown musical adaptation, and it will have its world premiere this weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival.  RADiUS-TWC will distribute the Richard LaGravenese film.  The Weinstein Company extension was responsible for the successful on demand release of Snowpiercer this summer.  

Since it's a small musical, I assume it will get a small release at first, and then it will expand.  It's biggest Valentine's Day competition is a certain S&M fantasy known as Fifty Shades of Grey (which has a February 13th release already set).  RADiUS-TWC co-presidents released the following statement about the film:

"For the romantic at heart, The Last Five Years is a lover story that delivers across the board.  Richard has done an extraordinary job with Jason Robert Brown's music and lyrics.  Anna Kendrick continues to impress -- what a voice!  Jeremy Jordan is bound for stardom.  Those familiar with the show will be thrilled with the faithful adaptation, and audiences everywhere are in for a real treat."

So, what will it be for you this Valentine's Day?  Whips and chains with Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey or heartbreak and harmonies with Cathy and Jamie?  

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