2003-06-20
The Advertiser (Adelaide, Australia)
Louise Nunn

In his personal and intimate musical The Last Five Years, Jason Robert Brown takes the conventions of Broadway and sends them spinning into the 21st century.

A savvy New Yorker connected to the issues of big-city life, Brown uses his wit and insight to tell a contemporary story about a couple falling in and out of love.

While the music is superb, combining classic Broadway with funk and rock and even some Jewish klezmer, it is Brown’s refusal to sugar- coat his subject that makes this show – even in concert form – such a success.

His ear for everyday speech and his ability to set it seamlessly to a rich and complex score also are extraordinary. With the aid of a five-piece backing band, Brown is a knockout – singing and on piano – as is his co-star, singer Lauren Kennedy.


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