Amanda Green is the daughter of the late playwright and lyricist Adolph Green—who formed a legendary, lasting collaboration with Betty Comden—and Broadway actress Phyllis Newman.
On Monday, June 9, Ms. Green—who has herself written lyrics, for the musical adaptation of Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity, and has worked with actors Mario Cantone and Christine Ebersole—directed and performed in a revue called Comden & Green’s New York, as part of a benefit for Greenwich House Music School in the West Village.
The production included 42nd Street’s Michael Arnold tapping out “Moses Supposes” from Singin’ in the Rain, as well as numbers from The Revuers, On the Town, and Bells Are Ringing. “I saw how much fun they were having, and I wanted to do it, too,” the tall, slender, bronzed Ms. Green, who is in her early 40s, said about her decision to follow her parents into music theater (older brother Adam is a journalist who has written for Vogue and The New Yorker). She recalled growing up on the Upper West Side, where the famille frequently entertained composers Leonard Bernstein, Julie Styne and Stephen Sondheim. “It was a lot of cool people.”
Despite her parents’ stringent warnings not to choose a career in showbiz, Ms. Green wrote and performed her first song at the age of 19, for their 25th wedding anniversary celebration, which took place at actress Lauren Bacall’s apartment in the Dakota on West 72nd Street and Central Park West. She was last in the lineup, after Messrs. Bernstein, Styne and Sondheim. “And Isaac Stern on violin, so it was a pretty intimidating debut.”
And how was her act received? “I was the sentimental favorite. What were they going to do?”