The Last Five Years [Original Off-Broadway Cast]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Jason Robert Brown's one-act song cycle The Last 5 Years -- which earned an off-Broadway production that opened at the Minetta Lane Theatre in New York's Greenwich Village on March 3, 2002 -- is a two-character pocket musical about the relationship between a successful young writer and an aspiring actress. Brown adopts a particularly complex structure to tell this contemporary New York City love story; Jamie Norbert Leo Butz presents his version in chronological order, while Catherine Sherie René Scott moves backward in time. Thus, the show begins with Catherine's "Still Hurting," about her pain from the breakup of her five-year marriage to Jamie, and the second song ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Jason Robert Brown's one-act song cycle The Last 5 Years -- which earned an off-Broadway production that opened at the Minetta Lane Theatre in New York's Greenwich Village on March 3, 2002 -- is a two-character pocket musical about the relationship between a successful young writer and an aspiring actress. Brown adopts a particularly complex structure to tell this contemporary New York City love story; Jamie Norbert Leo Butz presents his version in chronological order, while Catherine Sherie René Scott moves backward in time. Thus, the show begins with Catherine's "Still Hurting," about her pain from the breakup of her five-year marriage to Jamie, and the second song is Jamie's "Shiksa Goddess," in which this young Jew exults in having met Catherine, whose chief attribute for him is that she isn't Jewish. And so back and forth it goes: In "See I'm Smiling," the third song, Catherine details the reasons why the marriage is falling apart, then in the fourth song, "Moving Too Fast," Jamie describes his rapidly advancing writing career. The odd structure serves to add interest to what otherwise is a fairly clichéd story line of boy meets girl, boy gets girl, boy loses girl. But it isn't what makes the work important. The real value of The Last 5 Years lies in the writing. Brown's songs are beautifully written -- melodic, engaging, and full of witty, literate lyrics that comment on contemporary life. He has a good ear for vernacular speech, which may make his words sound dated eventually, but makes them sound like ordinary speech circa 2002, even as they rhyme and fit the music well. The conflict between love and career is one that will be familiar to anyone in early 21st century America, and in Butz and Scott, Brown has found two excellent actor-singers to express it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/16/2002
  • Label: Ghostlight
  • UPC: 791558400120
  • Catalog Number: 84001
  • Sales rank: 14,065

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Still Hurting - Norbert Leo Butz (5:01)
  2. 2 Shiksa Goddess - Norbert Leo Butz (3:58)
  3. 3 See I'm Smiling - Norbert Leo Butz (5:11)
  4. 4 Moving Too Fast - Norbert Leo Butz (4:46)
  5. 5 A Part of That - Norbert Leo Butz (4:01)
  6. 6 The Schmuel Song - Norbert Leo Butz (7:32)
  7. 7 A Summer in Ohio - Norbert Leo Butz (3:57)
  8. 8 The Next Ten Minutes - Norbert Leo Butz (7:31)
  9. 9 A Miracle Would Happen/When You Come Home to Me - Norbert Leo Butz (5:20)
  10. 10 Climbing Uphill - Norbert Leo Butz (3:36)
  11. 11 If I Didn't Believe in You - Norbert Leo Butz (4:59)
  12. 12 I Can Do Better Than That - Norbert Leo Butz (5:11)
  13. 13 Nobody Needs to Know - Norbert Leo Butz (7:00)
  14. 14 Goodbye Until Tomorrow/I Could Never Rescue You - Norbert Leo Butz (7:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Randy Landau Fretless Bass Guitar
Tom Murray Musical Direction
Dorothy Lawson Percussion, Celeste, Cello
Gary Sieger Acoustic Guitar
Jason Robert Brown Piano, Conductor
Christian Hebel Percussion, Violin
Technical Credits
Justin Guip Mastering Associate
Jeffrey Lesser Producer, Engineer
Richard Maltby Jr. Liner Notes
Bill Rosenfield Executive Producer
Joan Marcus Production Photography
Steve Fallone Mastering Associate
Daisy Prince Direction
Jan Folkson Digital Editing
Sherie René Scott Contributor
Kurt Deutsch Executive Producer
Norbert Leo Butz Contributor
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazingly orchestrated, beautifully written, and quite poignant

    I absolutely love this album, and I've never even seen the show. The story is obvious and is wholly contained within the lyrics. The structure of the song cycle adds to the elegance of its presentation, and further enhances the glaring differences between the 2 characters. In my opinion, the fact she sings from the end of the relationship to the beginning and he sings from the beginning to the end of the relationship really emphasizes that chasm that is ultimately present in the relationship. The songs are well orchestrated and executed, and I have never wanted to learn to play the cello more! The music itself is well-paired with the message that each song conveys via its lyrics, and the music itself is a masterpiece of modern singable music. This is a staple in the musical theater genre on my iPod, and I really like JRB's work. Looking forward to more work from him!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant Show, truely amazeing

    I was lucky enough to see the show at the Minetta Lane Theatre in New York, from the first scene i fell in love. After the show i met Jason Robert Brown as well as Sherie Rene Scott and Norbert Leo Butz. They are amazeing people with talent that is undefined. As a performer myself i hold each of them in high regards after seeing this show. The music is inspiring and so real to life. It is a must have soundtrack.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    amazing

    An absolutely beautiful and rivoting score. If you're a fan of musicals, you should definitely own this cd. Even if you're not a fan of the traditional musical, you should take a gander. It's about real life which makes it even more appealing! Everyone can relate to the story in some way, form or fashion...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely amazing.

    I first heard "The Last 5 Years" at a friend's house a few months ago and I immediately fell in love with it. I hopped in my car and drove to B&N and picked it up right away. I must say, it's positively fantastic. With amazing vocals and catchy lyrics, "The Last 5 Years" is a must have for any musical theatre lovers' collection.

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