Brown: Last Five Years in Last Two Weeks; to Close May 5

News   Brown: Last Five Years in Last Two Weeks; to Close May 5

Norbert Leo Butz in The Last Five Years.

Photo by Joan Marcus

The Last Five Years, the Jason Robert Brown musical that had an acclaimed run in Illinois last year, but has struggled Off-Broadway, will close at the Minetta Lane Theatre on May 5, according to Brown himself, who sent out an e-mail announcing the news.

Wrote Brown: "Owing to a series of circumstances beyond our control, we are being evicted from the Minetta Lane Theatre immediately after the 7 PM performance on May 5. " He added: "We already have plans to remount the show in other cities within the next year."

The press office for the show was not immediately available to confirm the closing.

The Last Five Years opened on March 3, after previews from Feb. 12.

Norbert Leo Butz, who originated the male role in the two hander last summer at Northlight Theatre in Skokie, IL, reprised his role in New York. Aida actress Sherie Rene Scott plays the other half of the musical's quick-to-dissolve marriage. Daisy Prince directed.

The Last Five Years has sets and costumes by Beowulf Boritt, lighting by Chris Binder and sound by Duncan Edwards. Jason Robert Brown is conductor.

LCT commissioned the piece but allowed Northlight to test it in a world premiere. The musical charts the rise and fall of a young marriage over five years and from different points of view. The conceit of The Last Five Years has the woman, Cathy, a musical theatre actress, beginning her story at the end of the relationship and working her way back, and Jamie, a novelist, starting from the first date and working forward. They sing together only once, in the middle of the play, at their wedding.

To view Playbill On-Line's Brief Encounter interview with Jason Robert Brown from 2001, click here.

—By Robert Simonson