With all due respect to Hamilton, the Richard Rodgers Theatre was not the Room Where It Happens on Monday night — that honor went to New York’s Town Hall, which hosted a one-night-only concert performance of Jason Robert Brown’s hit musical The Last Five Years.
Tony winner Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple) and Tony nominee Joshua Henry (Violet, Shuffle Along) took on the roles of Cathy and Jamie, who fall in and out of love over the course of the time-bending tale, told from their alternating perspectives — him telling the story from the beginning, and her from the end. It was a showstopper of an evening, with Henry giving Jamie an electric energy (and an ego to fit a hotshot novelist) and Erivo’s Cathy spanning the hopefulness of falling in love to the resigned sadness of heartbreak. (“I Can Do Better Than That,” which has become one of Erivo’s signature songs, was unsurprisingly one of the night’s highlights.)
But if you couldn’t get a ticket to the sold-out show, you’re in luck. Brown — who directed, conducted, and produced the performance — has shared two of the night’s performances online. There’s Erivo’s wrenching rendition of “Still Hurting” and Henry’s lively “Moving Too Fast.”
Watch the videos, which first debuted via Vulture, below.