The Last Five Years
A new musical by Jason Robert Brown


The Last Five Years opened at Off-Broadway's Minetta Lane Theatre in New York City on March 3rd, 2002 and was directed by Daisy Prince .  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."



The Last Five Years is having its big UK premiere in London, and the reviews are in!

Variety (David Benedict):

Times (Benedict Nightingale):,,14936-2290386,00.html

Financial Times.

The Observer:,,1833034,00.html

The Guardian:,,1832151,00.html

The Independent (Robert Hanks):

The Independent (Kate Bassett):

Evening Standard:

Time Out: (Matt Wolf):

British Theatre Guide:

The Stage: (Matt Wolf):

Playbill Online: is online! is JRB's OFFICIAL website. 
It's handsome and informative, there's a weblog (!) and cool song clips (!) and a list
of upcoming performances (that will actually be updated!) and much much more!

You're going to love it, so go there and bookmark it NOW.

Tuesday, June 28, Sh-K-Boom Records will release JASON ROBERT BROWN's solo album, "Wearing Someone Else's Clothes".  Go to for more information.  Here will be doing the following concerts to promote the release: 

JUNE 10 and 11:  Jason Robert Brown and the Caucasian Rhythm Kings at the El Portal Theater in North Hollywood, CA at 8 p.m. both nights.  Tickets are $25 or $35, and you can call (818) 508-4200.  The El Portal Theater is located at 5269 Lankershim Blvd.

JUNE 27, 29, JULY 1-3: JRB and the CRK at Le Jazz Au Bar in Manhattan, 8 p.m.   You can call (212) 308-9455 to reserve tickets now.

Skylight Opera Theatre presents
Jason Robert Brown's
March 11 -27, 2005
Cabot Theatre, Broadway Theatre Center
158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee, WI
Box Office: 414-291-7800
Ticket available online!

Read Arizona Republic article on Actors Theatre production of The Last Five Years

LFY South Bay Premiere
Musical Stage LA
Haag Recital Hall (Torrance, CA)
February 19, 26, and 27, 2005

The show is directed by Wes Burrell.  Design by Vandy Scoates. 
Musicians are pianist Rin-rin Yu and South Bay Youth Orchestra cellist Michael Carey.

Charge by phone at 1-800-832-ARTS (2787)

The Last Five Years
Los Angeles, CA
December 10-19, 2004
The Gene Bua Theatre
Burbank, CA
(323) 481-3038

 North Coast Repertory Theatre
Solana Beach, CA
Previews Nov 17-19
Runs Nov 2 through Jan 2, 2005

Union-Tribune review

Starlight on the Lake Dinner Theatre
Decatur, IL
January 6-9, 2005

Jason Robert Brown played a concert at Le Jazz Au Bar on APRIL 26.  Carolee Carmello, Brian D'Arcy James, Darius deHaas, Jen Collela, and Julia Murney all performed, and JRB debuted two new songs.  In advance of the concert, JRB did an interesting interview with the Manhattan User's Guide .

DeLine Productions
Mountain View, CA
October 14-31, 2004

Adult Contemporary Theatre  
August 12-22, 2004
Call (951) 641-4612 or (760) 728-1002 for more information

Arizona premiere of L5Y!
Ovation Theatre Troupe
August 20 - 28, 2004
Directed by Phillip Fazio
(480) 775-6612

Syracuse, NY
August 13-21, 2004 
At The Syracuse Vineyard Theatre

Hudson Shakespeare Company
September 17 - October 9, 2004

Playhouse West
Walnut Creek, CA
June 4-26, 2004

April 19 - ­ May 29, 2004
This production received great reviews from the Toronto Star , National Post and AM740 Radio

University of Nevada - Las Vegas
April 28 - May 2

Dobama Theatre
April 23 - May 16, 2004

Pioneer Press review of Nautilus Music Theater production of L5Y

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette preview article on Jewish Theatre of Pittsburgh production of L5Y

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis performed The Last Five Years as a part of their 2003-2004 Studio series

March 24 - April 11, 2004

Riverfront Times
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Congratulations to Yellow Taxi Productions!  
Their production of L5Y received 2004 NH Theatre Awards for 'Best Musical Direction' and 'Best Play: Musical'

Boiler Room Theatre
Franklin, TN
March 19 - April 17, 2004

SpeakEasy Stage Company
Boston, MA
January 30 - February 21

Boston Phoenix review
Bosotn Globe review

The Laguna Playhouse presented the California premiere of L5Y
January 3 - February 1, 2004.

Read all about it ...
L.A. Times preview article
Orange County Register interview with Jason Robert Brown
L.A. Times review
Orange County Register review
Variety review
Laguna Beach Independent review
L.A. Daily News review
Orange County Weekly review
Back Stage review

NOTE:  Jason Robert Brown to perform one-night-only, January 31st,
at the Laguna Playhouse, in conjunction with this production

Theater LaB Houston
January 7 - February 14, 2004
Houston Chronicle preview article
Houston Chronicle review

Peoria Journal Star review of a recent production

The Dramatis Personae
Ujima Theatre Loft
545 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo NY
January 2nd & 3rd, 2004
Directed by Dan Zak
Starring Sara Schoch and Adam Phillips

About the Philippine production of L5Y ...
A review in The Philippine Star
An interview

PCPA TheaterFest to present The Last Five Years
March 11 - April 4, 2004

See pictures from the Blackfriars Theatre production

The Philadelphia Theatre Company production of LFY won the 2003 Barrymore Award for Best Musical!

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. 

City Pages names Nautilus Music Theater's Last Five Years Best of 2003

The Cabaret Theatre presents L5Y as part of its 2003-2004 season.  
The production opened on February 25, 2004.

Fordham University
Rose Hill Campus, New York City
April 1-3, 2004 at 8pm

Hofstra University - The Gray Wig
January 4-18. 
Directed by Mark Steven Robinson
Musical Direction by Matt Gallagher
Starring Jonathan Todd Ross and Katherine Bartoldus. 

Peppermint Creek Theatre Company
Lansing, MI
February 12-15, 19-21

Theatre Memphis To Produce State Premiere of The Last Five Years
July 25 - August 10, 2003

Booth Productions
July 14 - August 14, 2003

Ogunquit, Maine

At last!  The Last Five Years vocal selections have been released.  
They are available for order on , and are out on shelves.  Check Hal Leonard 's site for details.

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 WeeklyMike 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 Theatre
Grand Lake, Colorado

August 22 - September 20, 2003
Director: Jeff Duke 
Musical Director: Michael Querio
Cathy: Abby Mueller 
Jamie: Nick Mannix

Recent Chicago productions:
Impulse Theatre Co.
will perform L5Y September 18-20, 2003 at the Stage Left Theatre
Syndicate Productions presents the show October 3-11, 2003 at the Strawdog Theater

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
Nashua, NH
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

May 9 - June 15, 2003

Read the reviews from the Sun Sentinel , Miami Herald , and the Palm Beach Post

Read The Age review of the fortyfivedownstairs production of The Last Five Years,
currently being performed in Melbourne, Australia.

The 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,

(Note:  New, better photos have been added - 5/12/03)

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.  

The Philadelphia 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, 2003 run .
Read the Philadelphia Inquirer review here
Read the Delaware News Journal review
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

The 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.

Lauren Kennedy's solo album, featuring the music of Jason Robert Brown, has been released on the ps classics label , and is now available through their website and in stores.
Read the song list here.


Syracuse 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 .

Ask a Star :  Sherie Rene Scott invites readers to ask Sherie a question

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.*  



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 .


If you missed these shows, never fear - there will be more JRB concerts to come in the fall.  Stay tuned.  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

Last 5 Years CD cover

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

CDNow Review:   The Last 5 Years cast album

Musical Stages:  The Last Five Years CD review

Sydney Morning Herald:   L5Y CD review

Houston Chronicle:   L5Y CD review

Matinee Magazine:   L5Y and Jessica Molaskey album reviews

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

New York Times:   "Hard Times for Cast Albums, to Broadway's Regret"

Playbill:   Q&A with Lauren Kennedy

  Here's a site worth checking out:

Playbill:   'Radio Playbill' Serves Summer Special, Plus Butz and Scott

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

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

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:


Curtain Up


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: 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 Y ork 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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