Tony Nominee Amanda Green Brings Together Hardbody and Bring It On, as High Fidelity Sings at 54 Below

By Michael Gioia
20 May 2013

Amanda Green
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN
Peter and the Starcatcher and Next to Normal's Adam Chanler-Berat and Rock of Ages' Mitchell Jarvis joined Chase as record store employees Dick and Barry, respectively, with American Idiot's Van Hughes taking on a few of the tunes sung by Rob. Wicked's Ana Gasteyer appeared as Liz.

The performers were backed by a trio of Hardbody guys, David Larsen, Corey Mach and Jon Rua, as well as a trio of Bring It On gals, Ryann Redmond, Janet Krupin and Taylor Louderman. They provided vocals on songs such as "She Goes," performed by Gasteyer; "The Last Real Record Store On Earth," featuring Chase, Chanler-Berat and Jarvis; "Cryin' in the Rain" and "Nine Percent Chance," with Hughes; and company numbers "Conflict Resolution" and "Turn The World Off (And Turn You On)."

Tony Award-winning songwriter Kitt, on piano, led the pit, which also included Lacamoire and Adam Ben-David on piano, Alec Berlin and Josh Weinstein on guitars, Randy Landau on bass, Dan Willis on reed and Damien Bassman on drums.

Highlights of the evening included "Number 5 With a Bullet," a show-stopping number belted out by the sassy and chic Colella, who was most recently seen on Broadway — also singing into the stratosphere — in Chaplin; "Goodbye and Good Luck," featuring Mario Cantone alongside Chase; "Laura, Laura" and "Too Tired," performed by Chase and Colella, respectively; and "Ready to Settle," featuring Grammy Award-winning folk duo the Indigo Girls, who received a standing ovation after their performance in the middle of the show.

"I wrote them fan mail, and they answered it," said songwriter Kitt from behind the piano on how he enlisted the Indigo Girls to be part of the May 19 concert. The Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, admitted that they were "honored" to be included during the concert's encore, which featured some of their own tunes, including their hit "Galileo."

Although High Fidelity, which featured a book by playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, ran for only 18 previews and 14 regular Broadway performances, the musical was alive again at 54 Below, and Tony nominee Green was thrilled.

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