Rise Up: The Theater Songs of Neil Berg with Rob Evan and Rita Harvey
Neil Berg's new Cabaret show, RISE UP: The Theater Songs of Neil Berg comes to Feinstein?s, hosted by Rob Evan.
FEINSTEIN'S AT LOEWS REGENCY, the nightclub proclaimed "Best of New York" by New York Magazine, and "an invaluable New York institution" by The New York Post, continues its star-studded Summer 2010 season with the debut engagement of Award winning composer Neil Berg for a performance July 18, 2010.
In this exclusive one night only new show "RISE UP: THE THEATER SONGS OF NEIL BERG", Mr. Berg will perform theater songs from his musicals of the past, present, and future. This dynamic evening will feature songs from musicals like "The Prince and the Pauper", "The 12", "The Man Who Would Be King", "Tim and Scrooge", and his upcoming Broadway musical, "Grumpy Old Men". Performing and hosting will be Berg's longtime collaborator, Broadway Star Rob Evan (Jekyll and Hyde, Les Miserables, Trans Siberian Orchestra), with help from Phantom of the Opera star Rita Harvey. Berg will also co-host and play piano, with other performers and musicians to be announced shortly.
Neil Berg is the composer/lyricist of the hit Off-Broadway musical ?The Prince and the Pauper,? which ran for two years at the Lambs Theater in New York City. The New York Times raved ?(Berg?s) music soars on Angel?s wings?. He is also the composer of "Tim and Scrooge", which ran in NYC at the Queens Theater in the Park, for which the NY Times again raved "Neil Berg's score is beguiling, and consistently engaging!" His latest musical, ?The 12?, which he wrote with Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, opened at the Broward Center in West Palm Beach, FL this past April to great acclaim, starring Jeremy Kushnier and Ron Bohmer. His musical, ?The Man Who Would Be King?, was directed last year by TONY Award winner Brian Yorkey (writer of ?Next to Normal?) at the Village Theater in Issaquah, WA and released on CD featuring Marc Kudisch and Brian D'arcy James. His Broadway bound musical, "Grumpy Old Men", will open in Canada next year.
Berg has quietly become one of the most successful, popular and sought after performers on the current musical theater landscape. Berg performs concerts across the world to rave reviews and sell out crowds in over 100 concert venues and Performing Arts Centers a year. His last official cabaret performance was at Joe's Pub in 2005, and before that in 1995, when he won the Bistro Award for Best Musical for his debut evening of theater songs entitled "Asylum in the Night" at Don't Tell Mama's. He is thrilled to make his return to cabaret at Feinstein's.
Neil Berg and his national touring Broadway concert revue "Neil Berg's 100 Years of Broadway", co-produced with business partner Adam Friedson, is the number one booked Broadway touring concert in the United States, playing in over 125 cities last year alone. He has been voted the number one performer in many PAC's across the country, including Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL. His songs have been performed by such stars as George Hearn, Len Cariou, Alice Ripley, Brian D'arcy James, F. Murray Abraham, Marc Kudisch, Capathia Jenkins, Darius de Haas, Ken Page, Robert Cuccioli, Vicki Lewis, Rob Evan, Mandy Gonzalez, and this years TONY nominees Christiane Noll and Bobby Steggert. He has worked with many Broadway legends including Betty Buckley, Michael Crawford, Rita Moreno, Ben Vereen and Charles Grodin.
On June 3rd of 2010 Mr. Berg produced, hosted, and performed a sold out "Night of Broadway Stars" at Lincoln Center's Rose Hall, which raised over one million dollars for Covenant House, which helps provide shelter and care for homeless teens in NYC. He also hosted similar events over the years at The Borgata in Atlantic City, The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and at the NJPAC in Newark. Amongst the many other charity fundraisers he has been involved with, he has also produced many events for BC/EFA, including, with Rob Evan, the concert version of "Chess" at the John Houseman Theater. For his charitable efforts, Neil was awarded the Distinguished Citizen Award this past May, along with his wife, Broadway star Rita Harvey, and Academy Award Winning actress Ellen Burstyn.
Neil's music and lyrics have been produced and released on CD by Jay Records, and his sheet music is published by Hal Leonard in many anthologies, including "The Best of Off Broadway Songbook", "The Broadway Bass Anthology", and "The Broadway Tenor Anthology".
For over fifteen years Mr. Berg has been a teacher of musical theater, giving workshops in Manhattan and various universities and performing arts centers around the country. He is co owner of St. Joseph's Regional HS Theater Camp, a musical theater academy in Montvale, NJ, which enrolls over 200 theater students a year. He has been a guest lecturer at his Alma Mater, Binghamton University, and a guest faculty member in the theatre department of Rockland Community College.
Neil also recently co-produced the 20 Year Anniversary Celebration of Maltby and Shire's award winning revue '"Closer Than Ever" at The Queens Theater in the Park, and Bristol Riverside Theater in PA, including original stars Lynne Wintersteller and Sally Mayes. Plans are underway to bring it into NYC this fall.