Great Big Stuff: The Essential Norbert Leo Butz on Disc

By Ben Rimalower
28 Dec 2013

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The Last Five Years – Original Cast Recording
Butz had already amassed throngs of fans for back-to-back (and different as night and day) turns as Roger in Rent and the Emcee in Cabaret in the late 1990s, but the real moment he ascended to musical theatre royalty was when he originated the role of Jamie in Jason Robert Brown's cult musical, The Last Five Years. It may have only run a few months Off-Broadway, but the musical has become one of the most treasured pieces of our time, thanks largely to the rapturous performances by Butz and Sherie Rene Scott on the original cast album.