The Advertiser (Adelaide, Australia)
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.