Summer is usually rocker David Toole's time to concentrate on his band, Identity X. Erin Lindsey Krom's only musical theater work in two years has been in winter, for Pittsburgh CLO's "A Musical Christmas Carol."
It's also time for a Front Porch Theatricals musical to roll into the New Hazlett Theater, and for roles in "The Last Five Years," Mr. Toole and Ms. Krom were happy to change their routines.
The Jason Robert Brown musical opening Friday tells of love won and lost in a series of songs sung by struggling actress Cathy, who relives the relationship moving back in time, and Jamie, an up-and-coming writer, who tells it from the start. The musical's recent resurgence includes the 2015 movie starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.
"It's been a dream role of mine, on the top of my coffee-stained bucket list for a decade," Ms. Krom said.