Name: Amanda Lea LaVergne
Birthday: March 16th
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite Food: Honeycrisp Apples, Hot Sauce
Favorite Tunes: Feel good music- Al Green, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Aretha, The Supremes, Elvis, Dusty Springfield, Ruthie Foster…you get the idea.
Growing up in the small southeast Texas town of Groves, Amanda was three when she had her first experience of musical theatre. In her living room on Adams Street, courtesy of Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly and her mom’s VHS of Singin’ in the Rain, Amanda made her decision to be a Broadway actor. But being that Groves was a far cry from NYC, she didn’t see her first live musical until after her high school graduation.
Amanda graduated from Sam Houston State with a degree in Musical Theatre. And before her move to NYC in 2005, she had already performed in Russia with 42nd Street, and toured with Crazy for You.
Since moving to NYC, Amanda has performed with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in Detroit, Nashville, Dallas, and Houston. She has toured with Hairspray and Disney’s High School Musical. Regional credits include Anything Goes, Thoroughly Modern Millie and the ill-fated Broadway bound Lone Start Love.
In September of 2008, after a quick two-day audition process, Amanda was cast as a replacement in the Broadway revival Grease. After replacing ChaCha De Gregorio for a few weeks, she resumed her role of partial swing and performed in every female ensemble track and the spunky goody too shoes Patti Simcox. During the weekend after Thanksgiving and in front of many of her friends, Amanda made her understudy debut as Sandy Dumbrowski for four straight performances.
Following Grease, Amanda continued to work regionally in All Shook Up, Gypsy, SHOUT! The Mod Musical, Singin’ In The Rain, and participating in numerous reading in NYC. Amanda received her official offer to participate in the world premier of Bring It On: The Musical. With a NYC workshop in the fall followed by an Atlanta 2 month run, Amanda would be playing a small character, Alexis, and covering 4 principal roles. One week before Bring It On: The Musical previews were scheduled to begin, Amanda was placed in the spotlight in the starring role of Campbell following an injury. The show and the star were met with rave reviews.
Amanda made her second Broadway appearance in 2011 as an ensemble member alongside Broadway great Donna Murphy, in The People In The Picture.
Aside from acting, Amanda has picked up playing the guitar and writing. She is an avid runner, blogger, reader, and adventurist. She mostly lives out of a suitcase, pays rent in NYC and spends as much time in Texas as she can.