Amanda Green

Put a Little Love in Your Mouth: The Songs of Amanda Green

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Lyricist/singer Amanda Green is very much the daughter of her father, Adolph Green, who, in partnership with Betty Comden, wrote lyrics for such Broadway musicals as On the Town, Bells Are Ringing, and The Will Rogers Follies. An aspiring musical theater lyricist herself, she has written shows including the off-Broadway production Up the Week Without a Paddle, which provides five of the songs featured in this recorded club revue. Green has rounded up a collection of actor-singer-comedians, among them Mario Cantone, who has a continuing role on the television series Sex and the City, to sing with her. Even when the songs are not from a specific show, the words delineate characters and tell stories; they are deliberately theatrical. For example, "Ladies Man," a country-tinged ballad sung by Green, Kim Lindsay, and Jessica Molaskey, describes the sort of man who effortlessly succeeds with women, at least on a one-night basis, along with some of the women who succumb to him. Some of the most striking songs are the ones from Up the Week Without a Puddle, however, notably "Oops! My Bad," in which a gay character who had agreed to help father a straight female friend's baby backs out, and the album's title song, which is actually a tribute to the wonders of dentistry, even though, as the lyric notes, the phrase "put a little love in your mouth" "could be misconstrued." "The 'V' Song," also from the show, is about gynecology. One can't imagine Green's father writing about such a subject, but the humorous tone is true to him. And Green makes clear in "Daddy's Shoulders," which she sings alone, that her father has had a big impact on her. The performers are all impressive, and the songs suggest that the Green domination of musical theater could prove dynastic.