Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years starred Tony Award-Winner Cynthia Erivo and Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry, who wow’d the crowd last night at a special one-night-only benefit concert. Jason himself led the orchestra. Brown made perfectly clear this concert was in no uncertain terms a fundraiser for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Brown started off the evening with his original piece “Song About Your Gun.” This song in protest to gun violence in America is heartbreaking and truly moving.
In a T-shirt that read “Ban Ban Ban,” Norbert Leo Butz and Sheri Renee Scott walked onstage. They shared their experiances working on stage at the Minetta Lane Theatre. For those of us who saw the original production this was nostalgia galore. Butz introduced the President of the Brady Campaign, Dan Gross. The Brady Campaign aims to cut in half the number of gun deaths in the U.S. by 2025. “In every movement in … you can see the moment when things started to change. That moment is now.”
Erivo’s Cathy is a lesson in subtle acting choices and a powerhouse voice. She was truly amazing. Her” I’m Still Hurting” is broken and honest, as you can see in this video. She regularly performs “I Can Do Better Than That,” as seen at the Elsie Festival. Erivo, showed her comic side in “A Summer in Ohio.” Who knew that song could be so funny.
Henry’s Jamie showed off well in “Movin’ Too Fast,” but showed his venerability in “I Could Never Rescue You.”
Brown, was in tears as he addressed the crowd, “I wasn’t planning on saying anything, but I’m not throwing away my shot.”
A champagne toast finished off the evening off with $200,000 raised for this important cause.