Brian Lane Green, who is one of the featured performers in the upcoming Community Concerts Series, says for him, “it will be a family affair.” He said the timing is great since the date of the concert is his mother’s 77th birthday, also, and the whole family will be in Cleveland to celebrate.
“I am excited about coming to Cleveland,” he confided. He said he’s hoping his Cleveland friends will turn out for the event — “I want to see everybody.”
A classmate, Cameron Fisher, said he is anxious to see Brian. “We were close friends in high school and I will be sure to be there,” he said. People remember him as a talented and personable young man who had a focus for his life.
Green graduated from Cleveland High School in 1980, attended Lee University and left Cleveland in the 1980s to pursue his dream.
And pursue his dream, he did. His talent in those early years in show business earned him parts in TV shows such as “Highway to Heaven,” “Hotel,” “Murder, She Wrote” and many more.
And while still in his 20s, Green starred on Broadway as Huck Finn in “Big River.”
So how did he get there? Green said he was singing in a club and had the opportunity to audition for a musical. To him, he said, “it was an amazing time.”
He explained his strategy — “You just walk in the direction you want to go and somehow get there.”
His theater credits include, also, “West Side Story,” “The Pirates of Penzance,” “Pippin,” Camelot,” “La Cage Aux Folles,” “1776” and as Marc Antony in “Julius Caesar.” And he was nominated for a Tony Award for best actor in a musical for his portrayal of Space Punk in “Starmites.”
For a time, Green returned to television on the soaps, including “All My Children,” where he played Brian Bodine. Also, he was Alan Baird in “Days of Our Lives,” and Sam Fowler in “Another World.” Before returning to Broadway as the street hustler Jojo in the musical, “The Life,” he toured as Joseph in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”
It was about this time he came back to Cleveland to sing the starring role in “Gabriel’s Song,” written by David Horton and Michael Frazier of Lee University and performed by the Lee University Singers. It was a reunion for Green to be back home for the special production. The performance was given at the Lee Highway Church of God as well, and recorded for video.
It’s difficult for Green to list his music credits, which have expanded to include two full-length studio albums. His “Dad and Me” was nominated for the Outmusic 2006 Song of the Year Award and was named one of Cabaret’s Top Ten Albums of 2005. On the second album, the singer/songwriter and creator performs 10 of his own songs. He can be also be heard on the live recording of “The Words and Music of Jerry Herman.”
Green is the grandson of the Rev. G.W. Lane, who served as the radio and television minister of Church of God’s Forward in Faith. Lane’s daughter, Peggy Rundell, is Green’s mother and he was named for his grandfather.
Recently, his grandfather was inducted into the “Hall of Prophets” ... “kind of like the ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’ for the sacred world,” Green said. “People came from all over the country for the ceremony that honored his life’s work.”
“Just Came By To Tell You ... The Collected Works of G.W. Lane, Volume 1" was released in August and Green said he hopes to sell some of these. He said his grandfather was very important to him as he grew up traveling with him as he toured churches and listened to him preach.
“He made an impact on so many lives,” Green said, “and with this new collection, his ministry continues.”
Green wrote: “I am very proud to endorse the release of ‘Just Came By To Tell You ... The Collected Works of G.W. Lane.’ I remember as a child going with my grandfather as he ministered on the weekends. I would sit on the front pew to watch Papaw sing and preach and many times at 8, 9, 10 years old, found myself moved to tears — you know, children can sense if the truth is being told. That truth still resonates with me today.”