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

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20 May 2013

Will Chase and Jenn Colella in <i>High Fidelity</i>.
Will Chase and Jenn Colella in High Fidelity.
Photo by Joan Marcus

Amanda Green, who received her first Tony Award nomination this season for the Best Original Score of Hands on a Hardbody, fused the worlds of Hardbody and her Tony-nominated Best Musical Bring It On: The Musical with a concert version of her first Broadway outing, the short-lived rock show High Fidelity.

"I think it was High Fidelity when my name first appeared [in a Broadway Playbill]. It was beyond thrilling," lyricist Green told at the recent Tony Award nominations press junket. "I'm so thrilled… Tom [Kitt] and I are putting [the High Fidelity concert] together, and Leigh Silverman is directing it. A bunch of people who were in Hardbody and a bunch of people who were in Bring It On and Mario Cantone [are among the performers]. And, the Indigo Girls [are] singing a song that we wrote as a tribute to the Indigo Girls. I mean, it's just a very meta event."

54 Below, the intimate concert venue below Broadway's Studio 54 — where 2013 Tony Award nominee Will Chase was seen earlier this season in Roundabout Theatre Company's The Mystery of Edwin Drood — was, in fact, very meta as cast members from Green's Hands on a Hardbody and Bring It On greeted original High Fidelity co-stars Chase and Jenn Colella for the May 19 concert version of Green's first Broadway project. All three of her Broadway credits were represented in one room.

"[54 Below director of programming] Phil Bond approached [myself and composer Kitt about the concert], and it just seemed like a wonderful thing to do. Two nights were better than just one night," said Green, who will revisit the 2006 rock musical once more May 20. "We just love our score, and we love the chance to hear it again. I love Will, and I love Jenn, and [it's] just a bunch of talented people, and it will be a joy to hear it again."

The sold-out house at 54 Below — which included Debra Messing, Thomas Meehan, Emma Hunton, Kurt Deutsch, Alex Lacamoire and more among a slew of High Fidelity fans — was extremely energetic from the moment Tony nominee Chase took the stage as record-store owner Rob for "Desert Island All-Time Top 5 Break-Ups," setting up the scene for an evening of breakups and belting.


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