Amanda Green

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Amanda Green
Born (1963-12-29) December 29, 1963 (age 57)
Alma materBrown University
Circle in the Square Theatre School
OccupationActress, singer, songwriter
Spouse(s)Jeffrey Kaplan
Parent(s)Phyllis Newman
Adolph Green

Amanda Green (born December 29, 1963) is an American actress, singer, and songwriter.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in New York City, New York, Green was raised on the Upper West Side with brother Adam by parents Phyllis Newman, an actress and singer, and Adolph Green, a lyricist and playwright.[1][2]

From an early age, she was exposed to major talents of Broadway musical theatre, including Leonard Bernstein, Jule Styne, and Cy Coleman, all of whom were regular guests in the household.

At the age of nine, she starred as Maria in her summer camp's production of West Side Story, and decided to focus on performing.[2]

After graduating from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island,[1] Green attended an actors' training program at the Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York City and then spent two seasons at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, Massachusetts. She began writing songs and performing in Manhattan cabarets like Joe's Pub.[2]


In the mid-1990s, inspired by Lyle Lovett's writing, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to write country music.[1]

In Los Angeles, California, Green wrote the lyrics for two musicals, Once Upon a Primetime (2002)[3] and Up the Week Without a Paddle (2000),[4] which earned her a nomination from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle.

In New York City, a concert of Green's original revue Put a Little Love in Your Mouth!, was performed at off-Broadway's Second Stage Theatre in March 2003, and featured Jessica Molaskey, Mario Cantone and Billy Stritch.[5] A recording of a live performance was released on compact disc.[2]

She also wrote the lyrics for and co-starred with Nancy Opel in For the Love of Tiffany: A Wifetime Original Musical, which enjoyed a sold-out run at The Wings Theater as part of the New York International Fringe Festival in August 2003.[6]

In July 2004, Green and her mother co-hosted a concert titled Bernstein, Comden and Green: A Musical Celebration at the Venetian Theatre at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah, New York, with performers Sylvia McNair, Judy Kaye, Jason Graae and Hugh Russell.[7]

In 2009, Green appeared in concert at Feinstein's at the Loews Regency, in New York City, with performers Jenn Colella, Ann Harada and Norm Lewis.[8]

Green enrolled in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, where she met Tom Kitt, who suggested the two collaborate on a musical stage adaptation of the comedy-drama film High Fidelity (2000). In a move reminiscent of the days when Broadway musicals routinely tested the waters out-of-town first, the show had a one-month run at Boston's Colonial Theatre before heading to New York City. After eighteen previews, the production opened on December 7, 2006, at the Imperial Theatre in New York City where, hampered by poor reviews,[9] it closed after fourteen performances.

The musical Bring It On: The Musical, with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tom Kitt and Green and book by Jeff Whitty, premiered at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 16, 2011.[10][11][12] Green has written a number of songs with Phish leader Trey Anastasio, one of which ("Burn That Bridge") was performed live by Anastasio in May 2010.

Green and Anastasio wrote the music, with lyrics by Green and the book by Doug Wright, for Hands on a Hardbody, which is a stage musical version of the documentary film Hands on a Hard Body: The Documentary (1997). The musical had its world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, California, in April 2012, and ran on Broadway in April 2013.[13] Green and Anastasio received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Original Score.

She is the recipient of a 2004 Jonathan Larson Award and grant for excellence in songwriting, and a contributing writer to Playboy magazine.[14][15]

In 2021, she became the first woman president of the Dramatists Guild of America.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Green and her husband, Jeffrey Kaplan, who is an orthopedic surgeon, reside in Manhattan, New York.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 The Refrigerator Secretary #2


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Great Performances Mrs. Newsome Episode: "Our Town"
2014 Peter Pan Live! Television film; soundtrack

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Reifer, Jodi (October 15, 2009). "Lyricist Amanda Green to Perform at Lorenzo's Cabaret"
  2. ^ a b c d e Finn, Robin (February 27, 2004). "Still a Broadway Baby After All These Years". The New York Times. Retrieved September 16, 2019..
  3. ^ "Once Upon a Primetime listing" Archived January 4, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved April 2, 2010.
  4. ^ Manus, Willard (August 8, 2000). "Neurotic Young Urbanites Premiere Paddle at L.A.'s Celebration" Archived June 5, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Playbill.
  5. ^ Gans, Andrew (February 20, 2003). "Murney, Butz, Testa Plus Mom Newman Celebrate Amanda Green's New CD at March 17 Concert" Archived June 5, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Playbill.
  6. ^ Gans, Andrew (July 18, 2003). "Nancy Opel to Star in Amanda Green Musical, For the Love of Tiffany" Archived June 5, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Playbill.
  7. ^ Gans, Andrew (June 14, 2004). "Newman and Green to Premiere Bernstein, Comden and Green July 3" Archived June 5, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Playbill.
  8. ^ BWW News Desk. "Amanda Green Plays Feinstein's, 11/1"., October 21, 2009.
  9. ^ Review. The New York Times.
  10. ^ "Bring It On" listing Archived March 7, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved April 3, 2010.
  11. ^ Jones, Kenneth; Hetrick, Adam (January 16, 2011). "Something to Cheer About: Bring It On: The Musical Begins Atlanta Run Jan. 16 After Ice Delay" Archived February 2, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Playbill
  12. ^ "Burn That Bridge Every Time Played -".
  13. ^ Gioia, Michael; Jones, Kenneth (April 8, 2013). "Hands on a Hardbody Will Close April 13" Archived April 12, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. Playbill.
  14. ^ "America Theatre Wing".
  15. ^ "InDepth InterView: Amanda Green Talks Birdland Show, HANDS ON a HARDBODY, BRING IT ON!, Broadway Memories & More".
  16. ^ "In the News: Amanda Green Elected First Woman President of Dramatists Guild, Idina Menzel's Back in Her Treehouse". April 12, 2021.

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