By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
Exactly three months ago, I sat in the audience at the Tonys as Jason Robert Brown collected best original score and best orchestrations prizes for his musical adaptation ofThe Bridges of Madison County, which starred a fantastic Kelli O’Hara but had recently closed after struggling at the box office and being denied a best musical nomination. It was, as Brown conveyed from the podium, a very bittersweet night for him.
Sunday night was, perhaps, even sweeter for Brown, I sensed from a seat directly behind his at the Toronto International Film Festival’s world premiere of The Last 5 Days, Richard LaGravanese‘s big screen adaptation of a musical of the same name for which Brown wrote the book, music and lyrics back in 2001 en route to an off-Broadway debut in 2002 and revival in 2013. Indeed, as Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan belted out the show’s poppy numbers, to the delight of a crowd that erupted in applause mid-movie several times, he silently lip-synced along.