The Last Five
Years opened at Off-Broadway's
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."
Adult Contemporary Theatre
August 12-22, 2004
Call (951) 641-4612 or (760) 728-1002 for more information
March 24 - April 11, 2004
The Philadelphia Theatre Company's production of L5Y has been nominated for the Barrymore Award!
The production received 5 nominations in all, including Joe Calarco for his direction, Chris Lee for lighting, and Nicole Van Giesen and Wayne Wilcox for acting. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on October 27.
The Cabaret Theatre presents L5Y as part of its 2003-2004 season.
The production opened on February 25, 2004.
Rose Hill Campus, New York City
April 1-3, 2004 at 8pm
Hofstra University - The Gray Wig
Directed by Mark Steven Robinson
Musical Direction by Matt Gallagher
Starring Jonathan Todd Ross and Katherine Bartoldus.
Theatre Memphis To Produce State
Premiere of The Last Five Years
July 25 - August 10, 2003
July 14 - August 14, 2003
The Philadelphia Theatre Company's production of The Last Five Years was voted Best Musical by the Philadelphia Weekly and made the Philadelphia Inquirer 's list of the top 10 shows of the year! Joe Calarco was named Best Director of a Musical by the Inquirer , and received an honorable mention from the Weekly . The production's stars, Nicole van Giesen and, were runners-up in the Best Actress and Best Actor in a Musical categories from the Inquirer , and both got honorable mentions from the Weekly . Mike Fagin was runner up for Best Set from the Inquirer , and Chris Lee was given an honorable mention for Lighting from the Weekly . Congratulations to all!
Rocky Mountain Repertory
Grand Lake, Colorado
Jason Robert Brown and Lauren Kennedy performed The Last Five Years in concert at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival June 18 to June 21. For more information, click here .
In advance of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival productions of The Last 5 Years and Songs for a New World , Jason Robert Brown did an interview with The Advertiser. The Advertiser also ran coverage of JRB's performances at the Festival.
Yellow Taxi Productions
The Last 5 Years
June 5-7, 2003
TheaterWorks in Hartford, CT presented The Last Five Years
APRIL 18 - MAY 25, 2003
Starring Joe Cassidy and Sally Wilfert, directed by Rob Ruggiero, with musical direction by Michael Morris
Read the Hartford Courant review
New York Times review
Berkshire Eagle review
Hartford Advocate review
L5Y is currently playing at the Florida Stage in Manapalan, FL
Read The Age review of the
fortyfivedownstairs production of The Last Five Years,
currently being performed in Melbourne, Australia.
ROARING LION THEATRE COMPANY in Vancouver, Canada will present L5Y
from 9/15/2003 to 10/03/2003.
Plano Rep presented The Last Five Years from 5/29 - 6/22/03
Numerous pictures from the recent
Philadelphia Theatre Company production of L5Y
can be viewed at the director's website, joecalarco.net
Theatre for Snobs presented the Seattle premiere of The Last 5 Years, in a production produced by high school students, in a one-night-only performance on May 22 at the Seattle Asian Art Museum.
Theatre Company production of L5Y, starring Wayne
Wilcox and Nicole Van Giesen (who, you might remember,
understudied Cathy in the New York production) recently concluded its March 14 - April 13,
Read the Philadelphia Inquirer review here
Read the Delaware News Journal review here
Read the Philadelphia Weekly review here
The Last 5 Years made its post-New York debut at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre
February 7 - March 10, 2003
production was directed by Mark Mezadourian Hughes and musical directed
by Darcy Danielson
Wade McCollum and Melinda Parette starred as Jamie and Cathy
READ the review in the Mail Tribune
Er, this site is about an upcoming Korean production of L5Y by a company called Seensee. I think.
Stage, in conjunction with Syracuse University, will be doing L5Y
as a part of its "After Hours" series on
February 27 - March 2, 2003
Marissa McGowan and Josh Young will star, Jessica O'Sickey directs, and Mary Sugar will provide musical direction.
More information will be available soon at UpAndRunningProductions.com .
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
Jason Robert Brown did two shows at The Cutting Room in NYC on June 18 and June 25. 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 www.laurenkennedy.com .
If you missed these shows, never fear - there will be more JRB concerts to come in the fall. Stay tuned.
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
Broadway.com: Ken Mandelbaum reviews the cast album
TalkinBroadway : L5Y recording review in Sound Advice column
CDNow Review: The Last 5 Years cast album
Musical Stages: The Last Five Years CD review
Sydney Morning Herald: L5Y CD review
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
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 Broadway.com
New York Times:
"Hard Times for Cast Albums, to Broadway's Regret"
Q&A with Lauren Kennedy
Here's a site worth checking out: ModernBroadway.com
A Yahoo Group has been created for fans of L5Y
The Last 5 Years received two Lucille Lortel Award nominations for OUTSTANDING MUSICAL and OUTSTANDING ACTOR (Norbert Leo Butz)!
Playbill Online: Andrew Gans briefly discusses The Last 5 Years in Diva Talk
The Last 5 Years was recorded on March 11th. The cast album will be released on Sh-K-Boom Records on APRIL 16. Visit Sh-K-Boom.com for details.
Pictures from the recording session at Playbill.com
Broadway.com: Ask a Star
Jason Robert Brown answers readers' questions
Playbill Online: Photos from L5Y opening night
Photo Op: The Last Five Years
Broadway.com has a bunch of pics from opening night
(Sorry, can't link to this one directly - you'll have to find it on Broadway.com's site yourself)
The Last Five Years officially opened in New York on Sunday, March 3, 2002.
Toronto Star: 'Inventive musical rises above its production'
Dallas Morning News: The Last Five Years
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
Associated Press feature
on The Last Five Years
Article on Sherie Rene Scott on TheaterMania
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: 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.
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 show got national attention with an article in TIME Magazine
JASON ROBERT BROWN
Associate Conductor/Cello 1/Percussion/Celeste
THE LAST 5 YEARS
CAST RECORDING HERE
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.
Preview article: 'Tony Winner debuts musical at Northlight'
Article: Jason Robert Brown
Daily Herald review: 'Love story 'Last Five Years' puts whole new twist on time'
The Wall Street Journal:
(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
Off-Broadway production photos by JOAN MARCUS
Photos from Northlight production by MICHAEL BROSILOW