Diana Kaarina, Danny Balkwill

Lionfish Entertainment is pleased to announce its inaugural production The Last Five Years running February 4 to 14 at The PAL Studio Theatre.
Jamie Wellerstein is a rising novelist and Cathy Hiatt is a struggling actress in Jason Robert Brown’s Drama Desk winner The Last Five Years, an emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years.

Danny Balkwill Diana Kaarina

Starring Danny Balkwill and Diana Kaarina, The Last Five Years uses a form of storytelling in which Cathy’s story is told in reverse chronological order (beginning the show at the end of the marriage), and Jamie’s is told in chronological order (starting just after the couple have first met). The two characters don’t directly interact except for a wedding song in the middle of the play as their timelines intersect.

Translated into a handful of languages and named one of Time Magazine’s 10 best shows of 2001, The Last Five Years enjoyed an Off-Broadway revival at Second Stage in 2013 and a film adaptation is being released in 2014 starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.

Lionfish Entertainment Presents The Last Five Years

Dates: February 4 to 14, 8 pm; February 8, 14, 2 pm and 8 pm
Venue: PAL Studio Theatre, 300-581 Cardero Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $20 to $30; available online, via phoning 1.800.656.0713, or at the door (depending on availability)
About Lionfish Entertainment
Lionfish is co-owned by Danny Balkwill and Diana Kaarina, two professional actors with a wealth of experience looking to push Vancouver’s entertainment scene to the next level with high quality theatrical productions.
Danny Balkwill has been working professionally in theatre for almost two decades and most recently finished touring with the First U.S. National Cast of the hit Queen musical, We Will Rock You! He also had the honour of playing lead roles in the North American premiere cast and Pre-Broadway tour of Mamma Mia! He’s performed in numerous bands, has worked in film, TV, and as a music engineer, and even performed on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. His vocal ability was showcased when he was voted into the TOP 30 of the CTV premiere of Canadian Idol.
Diana Kaarina’s Broadway credits include Les Miserables and RENT. Broadway National and International Tours include Les Miserables (National Theatre Award & Kevin Kline Award nominations), Thoroughly Modern Millie (creator) and in the international and Canadian tours of The Phantom of the Opera, also performing in Toronto’s resident company. Regional credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie at The Welk San Diego and performances in Anne of Green Gables at the Charlottetown Festival.

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