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Poetry Friday: Moving Too Fast by Jason Robert Brown

July 27th, 2007 (06:32 am)

Current Mood: tired
Current Song: Moving Too Fast from The Last Five Years

Some people analyze ev'ry detail,
Some people stall when they can't see the trail,
Some people freeze out of fear that they'll fail,
But I keep rollin' on

Some people can't get success with their art,
Some people never feel love in their heart,
Some people can't tell the two things apart,
But I keep rollin' on

- selected lyrics from Moving Too Fast from the musical The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown

The following year, also on Poetry Friday, I posted lyrics from Climbing Uphill, another song from The Last Five Years.


Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: July 27th, 2007 04:00 pm (UTC)

I don't know this one...can you tell more? Did you perform in this musical?

Sara Lewis Holmes

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: July 27th, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC)

I would love to be in this production someday. If I didn't have the role of Kathy, I'd want to direct it.

The Last Five Years has a cast of two. The man, Jamie, is a hopeful writer; the woman, Kathy, is a struggling actress. This is the story of their relationship, from meeting and dating to marriage - and the dissolution of that marriage.

Jason Robert Brown created something extremely emotional. First of all, 95% of the story is told in soliloquies, but I call them songologues because they are sung. Then he added another twist: the characters are moving in opposite directions on the timeline. Kathy starts the play with a song about Jamie's leaving, so she's at the end of the marriage, but then Jamie sings, and it's five years earlier and they are having their first date. As she tells her story in reverse, he moves forward, so they meet halfway through, during the proposal and wedding. This song, The Next Ten Minutes, is their only duet. The play ends with Jamie leaving, singing about how he could never rescue Kathy, so sad, and with Kathy arriving home after their first date, singing about how amazing everything is, so happy, so hopeful.

I discovered this online last year, thanks to Google Videos and YouTube, which showed me the first Chicago production with Lauren Kennedy and Norbert Leo Butz. When the show moved to Off-Broadway, Lauren was in South Pacific, so the role went to Sherie Rene Scott. It's Sherie and Norbert you'll hear on the official soundtrack. I prefer Lauren.

Oh, and you may see different spellings of Kathy and Cathy because the name was changed from Kathleen to Kathy between Chicago and Off-Broadway - Brown's ex-wife noted some similarities between herself and the character - and I'll be darned if any website or anything spells it the same way twice. ;-)

Oddly enough, another of my coveted roles is also Kathy - Singin' in the Rain.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: July 27th, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC)

You sold me. If I'm ever anywhere where there's a production, I'm going. Interesting about the playwright's ex, too. Sort of makes me think of Drew Barrymore's character in Music and Lyrics. :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: July 27th, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC)

Hurrah! I was hoping I wouldn't scare you off with my rather lengthy response. :)

Here, then, is a piece of the performance from the original Chicago production. This is Norbert Leo Butz as Jamie singing I Could Be in Love With Someone Like You. This song was replaced in the Off-Broadway production and everything thereafter due to the real-life complications.


I wish all of the clips from the show were still up. Someone had the entire thing up - in pieces, but still, you could watch it in order.

You can still search and find songs from the Off-Broadway show, as well as TONS of performances ranging from people singing in their homes to local shows, college productions, high school reviews, and semi-professional undertakings.

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