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Jenna Leigh Green

Jennifer Leigh Green (born August 22, 1974) is an American actress and singer best known for her performances as Libby Chessler on the television show Sabrina the Teenage Witch, as well as for roles on tour in the musical Wicked and later in the Broadway production.

Jenna Leigh Green
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Green at the Henry Fonda Theater in 2008
Born
Jennifer Leigh Greenberg

(1974-08-22) August 22, 1974 (age 45)
Other namesJenna J. Leigh
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1994–present

Early life and careerEdit

Green was born Jennifer Leigh Greenberg in West Hills, California to an actress mother and a musician father. She was raised in Simi Valley, California with her twin sister Jessica and younger sister Becca in a family of actors and musicians. She began to perform in school and community theatre productions by age 12 and later began to appear in commercials and television programs, as well as a few made-for-TV movies.

After graduating from Simi Valley High School, Green appeared for several seasons as Libby Chessler in the television series Sabrina, the Teenage Witch[1] beginning in 1996. She also performed in guest spots on television shows like ER and Dharma & Greg[2] and participated in other Nickelodeon events such as The Big Help and the game show Figure It Out.[3]

Theatre career and later workEdit

Her Los Angeles theatre experience includes The Wizard of Oz, The Secret Garden, The Fantasticks, Romeo and Juliet and Into the Woods and West Side Story.[4]

In 1999, Green was cast as Ivy in Bare: a pop opera. She performed in the original reading for the musical as well as the original Los Angeles Productions.[5][6] In 2002, she appeared in the TV movie First Shot. She also performed with the Pussycat Dolls when they were a feature burlesque show at The Roxy Theatre. In 2004, she moved to New York City where she again played Ivy in Bare during its brief off-Broadway run. [6] In 2007, the cast album of Bare was released, featuring Green.[7] Also in 2004, she performed in concerts and benefits with other cast members as well as on her own. She performed as Diana in a workshop of a new musical, Mask. In 2005, Green played Betty in the musical film Open House.

Green then became a cast member of the musical Wicked. She opened the role of Nessarose, on the First North American Tour, which opened March 2005. She also understudied the role Elphaba, and as a result, played the role over 40 times.[2] She left the tour on March 5, 2006, and transferred to the Broadway production of the show, marking her Broadway debut.[8] She reprised the role of Nessarose through December 31, 2006, before playing the role once again in the original Los Angeles production from February through December 2007.

Green starred as Sally Simpson in a production of The Who's Tommy at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Hollywood which ran from June 18 - July 6, 2008.[9]

In 2008, Green appeared as Violet Golding in the series of Cold Case[10] "Wednesday's Women".

On September 21, 2008, Green made her West End debut in "Never Neverland" a benefit concert that helped in aid of Ovarian cancer and NCH.[11] The concert was at the Duchess Theatre in London. Alongside Green was fellow Wicked alumni Eden Espinosa and Scott Alan. On February 27, 2009 she guest starred on the CBS series Ghost Whisperer as Carrie in episode 4.16 "Ghost Busted".

In the fall of 2010 she appeared in the concert revue "For The Record: Quentin Tarantino" in Los Angeles, presented by ROCKLA for Show at Barre. It ran from August 12, 2010, to October 30, 2010. Also starring Tracie Thoms, Autumn Reeser, Ty Taylor, and Audra Mae.[12]

She appeared at Show at Barre. It opened February 12, 2011, and closed June 30, 2011. Also starring were Tracie Thoms, Arielle Jacobs and Kate Reinders.[13]

She also appeared in a Bones episode[14] "The Change In The Game", and in Castle in the episode "Sucker Punch".

FilmographyEdit

Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1994 A Friend to Die For Meridith Ladd TV movie
1995 Captain Nuke and the Bomber Boys Girl
1996–1999 Sabrina the Teenage Witch Libby Chessler Seasons 1–3
Credited for 75 episodes (appearing in 46 episodes only)
1997 Friends 'Til the End Risa TV movie
1997 Extreme Ghostbusters Persefineathious
Wanda
Episode: "Mole People"
Episode: "Witchy Woman"
1998 Sandman Wanda
1999 Cover Me Tara Mathers TV miniseries
2000 The Bogus Witch Project Heather Segment: The Bel Air Witch Project"
2001 Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family Tara Mathers Episode: "Borerline Normal"
2002 Dharma & Greg Kelly Kincaid Episode: "She's with the Band"
2002 First Shot Jess Hayes TV movie
2002 ER Tammy Gribbs Episode: "Dead Again"
2004 Open House Betty
2008 Cold Case Violet Golding Episode: "Wednesday's Woman"
2009 Ghost Whisperer Carrie Episode: "Ghost Busted"
2010 Castle Molly Episode: "Sucker Punch"
2010 You Again Heather
2011 Bones Heather Episode: "The Change in the Game"
2012 The Outrageously Fabulous Weekly Parody Talk Show Ensemble Episode: "Glitz"
2012 Fifty Grades of Shay Waitress Short film
2014 My Eleventh Courtney Ullman
2015 The Residuals Heidi Episode: "The Dark Side"
2015 I Am Michael Dr. O'Connor
2016 Hard Sell Priscilla
2016 Are You Afraid of the 90's Kimmie Short film
2017 Quantico Emily Meyers Episode: "LNWILT"
2018 Skin Rebecca Ramos
2019 The Loudest Voice Irena Briganti 4 episodes
2019 Yes Annie Caden post-production

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hirsch, Chelsea (12 February 2018). "Libby Chessler is on board for the 'Sabrina' reboot".
  2. ^ a b "Broadway Buzz - Videos, Interviews, Photos, News and Tickets - Broadway.com". www.broadway.com.
  3. ^ Desk, BWW News. "'Yes' Co-stars Jenna Leigh Green And Tim Realbuto Tapped To Be Celebrity Guest Judges At Sketchfest 2018". BroadwayWorld.com.
  4. ^ "BroadwayWorld International Theatre DB (BroadwayWorld.com)". www.broadwayworld.com.
  5. ^ "Are You There? - TheaterMania". www.theatermania.com.
  6. ^ a b Blank, Matthew (17 September 2012). "PHOTO SPECIAL: Looking Back at Bare's Off-Broadway Debut, With Michael Arden and John Hill". Playbill.
  7. ^ Performers on the Bare album
  8. ^ "David Garrison and Jenna Leigh Green Join Broadway's Wicked". Broadway.com.
  9. ^ "The Who's Tommy, with Ripley, Hendryx and Pevec, Extends Hollywood Run".
  10. ^ https://evoke.ie/2016/04/22/showbiz/libby-chesler-grown-upthe episode
  11. ^ Joy (1 November 2016). "Q&A with Jenna Leigh Green".
  12. ^ "'For the Record' series: Cutting-edge cabaret in L.A.? Believe it". EW.com.
  13. ^ Cassell, Amber. "Show at Barre launches weekly tribute to TARANTINO concert series this weekend with 'Death Proof' star Tracie Thoms". BroadwayWorld.com.
  14. ^ "Sabrina's Enemy Libby Chessler Is All Grown Up". Evoke.ie. 2016-04-22. Retrieved 2019-05-13.

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