Broadway And Berg
Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011: 8:00PM
Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011: 8:30PM
Friday, Jul 15, 2011: 8:30PM
Saturday, Jul 16, 2011: 8:30PM
Broadway's Brightest Stars Singing Broadway Showstoppers and The Music of Neil Berg
Back by popular demand, Neil Berg returns to Feinsteins after a sold out show last summer with a new cabaret show, BROADWAY AND BERG: Broadway Show Stoppers and the Theater Songs of Neil Berg, hosted by Broadway star Rob Evan along with Mr. Berg, and featuring a star-studded cast.
In this exclusive NYC engagement, "BROADWAY AND BERG", Mr. Berg and friends will recreate well known Broadway showstoppers, sung by the very stars who performed them on Broadway, along with songs from Mr. Berg's musicals of the past, present, and future. This dynamic evening will feature classics from The Phantom of the Opera", Les Miserables", and South Pacific, as well as songs from "The Prince and the Pauper", "The Twelve" (opening at B.B. Kings in August), "The Man Who Would Be King," and his upcoming Broadway musical, "Grumpy Old Men." Performing and hosting will be Berg's longtime collaborator, Broadway star Rob Evan* (Jekyll and Hyde, The Prince and the Pauper, Trans Siberian Orchestra), along with Broadway stars Luba Mason (White Noise, Cape Man, Chicago), Rita Harvey (Phantom of the Opera, Fiddler on the Roof), Lawrence Clayton (Les Miserables, Dreamgirls, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Civil War), William Michals (South Pacific, Beauty & the Beast), and Brad Little** (Phantom of the Opera, Cyrano the Musical, Fiddler on the Roof) along with nightly special guests. Berg will be the Musical Director and play piano.
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 Angels wings." He is also the composer of "Tim and Scrooge," which ran in NYC at the Queens Theater in the Park, for which the New York Times again raved "Neil Berg's score is beguiling, and consistently engaging!" His latest musical, "The Twelve," which he wrote with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, opened at the Broward Center in West Palm Beach, FL, in April 2010 to great acclaim, starring Jeremy Kushnier and Ron Bohmer, and will be featured in NYC on August 9th at B.B. Kings. Berg composed the music for "The Man Who Would Be King," which was directed 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," is opening in Canada on October 13, 2011 at the Manitoba Theater in Winnipeg.
Berg has become one of the most successful, popular and sought after performers on the current musical theater landscape. Berg returns to the NYC Cabaret scene after performing concerts across the world to rave reviews and sell-out crowds in over 120 concert venues and Performing Arts Centers annually for the past six years. Last July, he played Feinstein's to a sold out crowd, and before that he was featured by BroadwayWorld.com at Joe's Pub in 2005 as part of their Front and Center Series, at Archie's (with Rob Evan) in 2002, and in 1995 at Don't Tell Mama's, when he won the Backstage Bistro Award for Best Musical for his debut evening of theater songs entitled "Asylum in the Night".
Neil Berg and his national touring Broadway concert revue "Neil Berg's 100 Years of Broadway," is the number one booked Broadway touring concert in the United States, playing in over 125 cities last year alone. His show has been voted the number one rated entertainment in many PAC's across the country, including Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL. His songs have been sung by such stars as George Hearn, Len Cariou, Alice Ripley, Brian d'Arcy James, F. Murray Abraham, Marc Kudisch, Capathia Jenkins, Ken Page, Robert Cuccioli, Marilu Henner, Vicki Lewis, Rob Evan, Mandy Gonzalez, 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 2, 2011, Mr. Berg produced, hosted, and performed a sold-out "Night of Broadway Stars" at Lincoln Center's Rose Hall, raising 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. Among the many other charity fund-raisers he has been involved with, Berg has produced several 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 last May, along with his wife, Broadway star Rita Harvey, and Academy Award-winning actress Ellen Burstyn. Neil has also been chosen to receive the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor in May, 2012, at Ellis Island, along with Frankie Valli.
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 Prince and the Pauper."
For over 15 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 H.S. 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 theater department of Rockland Community College.
Neil, along with Daryl Roth and producing partner Adam Friedson, is the Co-Producer of the 20-Year Anniversary Celebration of Maltby and Shire's classic award-winning revue '"Closer Than Ever", which is scheduled to open Off-Broadway this September at The York Theater in NYC.
FEINSTEIN'S AT LOEWS REGENCY will play the following schedule: Tuesday, July 5; Wednesday, July 6; Thursday, July 7; Friday, July 8; Saturday, July 9; Tuesday, July 12; Wednesday, July 13; Friday, July 15; and Saturday, July 16. All shows are at 8:30pm.
*Rob Evan will not be performing in Broadway and Berg on Tuesday, July 12 or Wednesday, July 13.
**Brad Little will be performing in Broadway and Berg on July 12 and July 13 only.