Julia Murney to Star Opposite Composer Brown in Last Five Years

News   Julia Murney to Star Opposite Composer Brown in Last Five Years Julia Murney, who recently made her Broadway bow in Lennon, will join composer Jason Robert Brown for a one-night-only presentation of his song cycle The Last Five Years at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse.
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The Jan. 30 event is part of the Marvelous Musical Mondays series presented by Reprise! Broadway's Best.

The Last Five Years— which features book, music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown — charts the rise and fall of the marriage between Cathy (Julia Murney) and Jamie (Brown) over a period of five years. The conceit of The Last Five Years has the woman beginning her story at the end of the relationship and working her way back, while Jamie's story starts from the first date and works forward. They sing together only once, in the middle of the play, at their wedding. Song titles include "Still Hurting," "A Summer in Ohio," "The Next Ten Minutes," "I Can Do Better Than That," "Nobody Needs to Know" and "Goodbye Until Tomorrow."

Jason Robert Brown, who was the musical director and arranger for the musical Urban Cowboy, won the Tony Award for Best Score for his Broadway debut, Parade. His two-person musical, The Last Five Years, played a brief run at Off-Broadway's Minetta Lane Theatre, and was preserved on Sh-K-Boom Records. Brown also composed the score for Songs for a New World and wrote incidental music for Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo, The Waverly Gallery and the Irish Repertory Theatre's production of Long Day's Journey Into Night.

Julia Murney made her Broadway debut earlier this season in Lennon. She received a Drama Desk nomination for her work in Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party, and her other theatrical credits include Crimes of the Heart, Time and Again, A Class Act, Cloud 9, Snapshots and Mata Hari. Murney also portrayed Florence in the all-star Chess benefit concert for The Actors' Fund of America and was part of the all-star Children of Eden concert.

The Musical Mondays season will conclude Monday, May 8 with Oh What a Beautiful Evening: The Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein! Audiences can expect to hear tunes from such musicals as Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The Sound of Music and The King and I. The UCLA Freud Playhouse is located in Macgowan Hall. Call (310) 825-2101 for tickets; visit www.reprise.org for more information.