The Last Five Years

A new musical by Jason Robert Brown
Directed by Daisy Prince

The Last Five Years opened at Off-Broadway's Minetta Lane Theatre in New York City on March 3rd, 2002.  The production had its final performance on May 5th.


     Norbert Leo Butz  and  Sherie Rene Scott


"A fresh and contemporary musical from Tony-Award winning composer Jason Robert Brown, THE LAST FIVE YEARS chronicles a young couple's romance in a new and exciting way: her story starts at the end of their relationship; his begins on the day they met. Funny and uplifting, the show captures some of the most heartbreaking and universally felt moments of modern romance."




Jason Robert Brown did the first of two shows at The Cutting Room in NYC, on June 18.  Compared to his previous concerts, this one was pretty simple, with just guitarist Gary Sieger and bassist Randy Landau (both of the exceptional Last 5 Years band) accompanying him.  It was a great showcase for their individual talents (they each got to do some terrific solos on their respective instruments), and it was also a nice chance to see JRB sing a lot of his own stuff – “She Cries”, “King of the World”, “Nobody Needs to Know”, “The Old Red Hills of Home”, “Moving Too Fast”, and, of course, the encore “Someone To Fall Back On”.  He also did a few unrecorded songs, including “I’m in Bizness” (from the yet-to-be-produced Moneyman), “I Could Be In Love with Someone Like You” (cut from L5Y), and a couple other gems that you probably haven’t had the pleasure of hearing before. 


Lauren Kennedy, L5Y's original Kathy, joined the trio, dueting with Jason on “I’d Give It All For You”, and singing solo on the beautiful “I Will Follow” and the heartbreaking “Letting You Go Away From Me.”  She’s working with Jason on a solo album of his songs, and you can find out more about that at


If you missed this show, make sure you see the next one on JUNE 25th.

The Cutting Room is at
19 W. 24th Street (between 5th and 6th Ave.).  The cover charge for the concert is $20 at the door.  Make reservations by e-mailing



Playbill:  Andrew Gans’ talks about the L5Y album in Diva Talk


L5Y to be produced at the Florida Stage in Sarasota
December 13, 2002 - January 19, 2003


The Last 5 Years will be produced at the Philadelphia Theatre Company this Fall

Jason Robert Brown wins the Drama Desk awards for
Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics!

The Drama Desks also honored record producer Bill Rosenfield (a driving force behind the recording of all of JRB's musicals, including L5Y) with a special achievement award "for his contributions to the preservation of musical theatre recordings".

*The Last 5 Years has its final performance at the Minetta Lane Theatre on Sunday evening, May 5, 2002.  The last show was a lovefest for friends and fans of L5Y - wild applause after every song, a standing ovation at the end, and a bunch of thank-yous and some nice closing remarks from Daisy Prince and Jason Robert Brown at curtain call.  Jason promised that this isn't the end of it and he'll be taking the show other places soon.  So, as Daisy put it, it's not goodbye, but Goodbye until tomorrow.*

Hal Leonard will be publishing The Last 5 Years vocal selections
They're expected to be released by the end of the summer.  Last Five Years in Last Two Weeks; Thunder Comes Knocking at Minetta Lane's Door  The Last Five Years to Shutter May 5

The Last 5 Years cast recording is now available at a music store near you!
(And if it's not, for some reason, order it here now!)

You can listen to clips from the cast album here  Ken Mandelbaum reviews the cast album A review of the L5Y cast recording
Billboard:  L5Y recording review

TalkinBroadway:  L5Y recording review in Sound Advice column


The Last 5 Years cast recording debuts at #18 on Billboard's
Top Internet Albums chart!


For the information of those poor souls who missed The Last 10 Years: The Music of Jason Robert Brown concert on April 15th, here is the song list:

Music of Heaven  (Jason Robert Brown and Ensemble)
The River Won't Flow (Brooks Ashmanskas, Keith Byron Kirk, Jessica Molaskey, Andrea Burns) - Songs for a New World
Moving Too Fast (Norbert Leo Butz) - The Last 5 Years
Stars and the Moon (Jessica Molaskey) - Songs for a New World
I'm in Bizness (JRB and Ensemble) - Money Man
Christmas Lullaby (Melissa Errico) - Songs for a New World
King of the World (Keith Byron Kirk) - Songs for a New World
And I Will Follow  (Sara Ramirez)
I'm Not Afraid of Anything (Andrea Burns) - Songs for a New World
Flying Home (Adam Pascal and Ensemble) - Songs for a New World
A Summer in Ohio (Mario Cantone) - The Last 5 Years
Old Red Hills of Home (JRB) - Parade
I'd Give It All For You (Brooks Ashmanskas and Andrea Burns) - Songs for a New World
This Is Not Over Yet (Norbert Leo Butz and Jessica Molaskey) - Parade
Goodbye Until Tomorrow (Sherie Rene Scott) - The Last 5 Years
Coming Together (Adriane Lenox, JRB, and Ensemble)
Someone to Fall Back On (JRB)

The Musicians: Jason Robert Brown, Tom Partington, Dean Thomas, Gary Sieger, Randy Landau, Sal Spicola, and Christian Hebel
The Ensemble:  D.B. Bonds, Roger Butterley, Julie Dingman, Jill Geddes, Randy Redd, and Nicole Van Giesen

Check out the pictures from The Last 10 Years concert at


The Last 5 Years received SEVEN Drama Desk nominations
Outstanding Musical
Outstanding Actor in a Musical - Norbert Leo Butz
Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Sherie Rene Scott
Outstanding Music - Jason Robert Brown
Outstanding Lyrics - Jason Robert Brown
Outstanding Orchestrations - Jason Robert Brown
Outstanding Set Design of a Musical - Beowulf Boritt


Here's a site worth checking out:


L5Y has received an Outer Critics Circle nomination for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical

A Yahoo Group has been created for fans of L5Y The Last Five Years was a Labor of Love for Jason Robert Brown

The Last 5 Years received two Lucille Lortel Award nominations for OUTSTANDING MUSICAL and OUTSTANDING ACTOR (Norbert Leo Butz)!

CitySearch New York: L5Y Profile and User Reviews
(add your own review of the show while you're there!)

Playbill Online: Andrew Gans briefly discusses The Last 5 Years in Diva Talk

Jason Robert Brown wins the 2002 Kleban Award for his lyrics for The Last 5 Years!

The Last 5 Years was recorded on March 11th.  The cast album will be released on Sh-K-Boom Records on APRIL 16.  Visit for details.

Pictures from the recording session at Ask a Star
Jason Robert Brown answers readers' questions

Interview with Norbert Leo Butz on

Playbill Online: Photos from L5Y opening night

Photo Op:  The Last Five Years has a bunch of pics from opening night
(Sorry, can't link to this one directly - you'll have to find it on's site yourself)

The Last Five Years officially opened in New York on Sunday, March 3, 2002.

The Reviews:


Toronto Star: 'Inventive musical rises above its production'

Dallas Morning News:  The Last Five Years

Good Times Magazine:  The Last 5 Years
USA Today: 'Last Five Years' Speeds by Quickly
The Village Voice: Pairing It Down
Newsday: '5 Years', Two Careers, One Romance'
New York Post: 'Last 5' Doesn't Add Up
Associated Press: 'The Last 5 Years' a Sweet Tale
The New York Times: Novelist and an Actress Share a Leaky Boat
Variety: The Last 5 Years review
New York Daily News:  Two Come Apart at the Songs
Back Stage: The Last Five Years
Star-Ledger: Musical appealing despite gimmicky setup

Web Reviews:

Show Business Weekly


Associated Press feature on The Last Five Years

Article on Sherie Rene Scott on TheaterMania

Interviews with Norbert Leo Butz on Playbill Online and

The New York Times:  Interview with Jason Robert Brown, Daisy Prince, and Millie creative team

From Variety: "Tuner 'Years' back under knife"
This is mostly just a repeat of the unverified rumors that were going around back in the fall.  But it does discuss some of the recent changes made to the show, apparently done to ward off a lawsuit by Jason Robert Brown's ex-wife.

The cast album is expected to be on the Sh-K-Boom label.

Playbill Online:  Last Five Years begins previews in New York

From Playbill Online: Article and photos from the press preview

Check out the Official Web Site for The Last Five Years - very nice.  They've got a message board, some Mp3s you can listen to, and lots of info about the show.

The Last Five Years cast album is scheduled to be recorded in February.

The Last Five Years was named one of the ten best theater experiences of 2001 by
Time Magazine:
"Composer-lyricist Jason Robert Brown (Parade) does his best work to date in this melodic and elegantly crafted chamber musical, in which a couple simultaneously tell the story of their relationship-one from start to finish, the other from finish to start. Daisy Prince's inventive production opened at
Chicago's Northlight Theater and will face the New York critics early next year."

The show was #4 on The Chicago Tribune's list of the top ten productions in Chicago in 2001:
"An imaginative new two-person musical romance inventively conceived by composer Jason Robert Brown, skillfully directed by Daisy Prince, played and sung with great emotional resonance by Norbert Leo Butz and Lauren Kennedy, and presented by the enterprising Northlight Theatre."

Lauren Kennedy is working on a solo album featuring the work of Jason Robert Brown.  You can hear a couple clips, including one of "Goodbye Until Tomorrow" on her web site.

Listen to a June 12, 2001 radio interview that Jason Robert Brown did in Chicago, along with fellow composers Michael John LaChiusa and William Finn

The Last Five Years has been nominated for three Joseph Jefferson Awards:
NEW WORK - Jason Robert Brown

Jason Robert Brown is a recipient of a 2000/2001 After Dark Award for his Outstanding Music & Lyrics for The Last Five Years.

The show concluded its run (including a 1-week extension) at the Northlight Theatre on July 1st.

The New York Times reported on The Last Five Years' possible future at Lincoln Center Theatre.

The show got national attention with an article in TIME Magazine


*The Band*


Associate Conductor/Cello 1/Percussion/Celeste

Acoustic Guitar

Cello 2/Percussion

Electric Bass



The World Premiere of THE LAST FIVE YEARS took place at Northlight Theatre in Skokie, Illinois from May 16 to July 1, 2001.  The production starred Norbert Leo Butz as Jamie and Lauren Kennedy as Kathleen.



Chicago Sun-Times

Preview article: 'Tony Winner debuts musical at Northlight'


Chicago Tribune

Review: 'Last Five Years gives romantic tale unique spin'

Article:  Jason Robert Brown


Variety review

Daily Herald review:  'Love story 'Last Five Years' puts whole new twist on time'

The Wall Street Journal: 'Matrimonial Warfare'


(from the World Premiere production)

Scene One - Still Hurting (Kathleen)
Scene Two - I Could Be In Love with Someone Like You (Jamie)
Scene Three - See I'm Smiling (Kathleen)
Scene Four - Moving Too Fast (Jamie)
Scene Five - A Part of That (Kathleen)
Scene Six - The Schmuel Song (Jamie)
Scene Seven - A Summer in Ohio (Kathleen)
Scene Eight - The Next Ten Minutes (Jamie & Kathleen)
Scene Nine - A Miracle Would Happen (Jamie)
Scene Ten - Audition Sequence (Kathleen)
Scene Eleven - If I Didn't Believe In You (Jamie)
Scene Twelve - I Can Do Better Than That (Kathleen)
Scene Thirteen - Nobody Needs to Know (Jamie)
Scene Fourteen - Goodbye Until Tomorrow/I Could Never Rescue You (Kathleen &

The Last Five Years

Music and lyrics:  Jason Robert Brown
Direction: Daisy Prince
Sets and costumes:  Beowulf Boritt
Lights:  Chris Binder
Stage Manager:  Patty Lyons
Music director:  Tom Murray
Casting Director:  Mark Simon

Off-Broadway production photos by JOAN MARCUS

Photos from Northlight production by MICHAEL BROSILOW

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