Neil Berg is the composer and co-lyricist of award-winning several musicals. His new rock musical The 12, written with Pulitzer Prize/Tony-winning playwright, Robert Schenkkan, premiered at the Denver Center. His Off-Broadway musical The Prince and the Pauper played New York. His new Broadway-bound musical Grumpy Old Men, is set to have its official U.S. Premiere this summer at The Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine. Neil is the creator/co-producer of the #1 Broadway touring concert in America, Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway, as well as Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock & Roll and Neil Berg’s Pianomen. He is the co-producer of the Off-Broadway Alliance Award-Winning revival of Closer Than Ever. Neil also produced a concert version of the Broadway musical The Secret Garden, in association with its composer, Lucy Simon. He has also produced concert versions of The Mystery of Edwin Drood (NYC), Chess (John Houseman Theater), and Jesus Christ Superstar.
What most people do not know is what a fabulous piano player Neil is. In bringing Pianomen to The Green Room 42, Neil pays an intimate tribute to the songwriting of two iconic composers of the 20th Century, Billy Joel and Elton John, but it is his piano playing that rocks the house. As Neil told the stories, influences and meaning that motivated these compositions vocalists Danny Zolliand Erick Buckley took to interpretation of the vocals. This intimate performance of these classic hits felt like you were in a bar in New Jersey in the 80’s. High energy performances of “Moving Out,”“Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Piano Man,” “Your Song,” and “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant” brought the enthusiastic crowd to swaying and of course singing along.
Singer Danny Zolli brought an enormous vocal range that showed his more than 20 years of experience on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and on-tour in concert. He is best known for his work in more than 25 different productions of Jesus Christ Superstar. He also starred in the 20th Anniversary Concert, the 25th Anniversary Concert, and the 30th Anniversary Concert of the legendary show. A singer much in-demand, he has shared the concert stage with some of the world’s most renowned performers including Jose Carreras, The Gypsy Kings, Peter Frampton, Phoebe Snow, and Felix Cavaliere.
Erick Buckley was the first person in the world to perform both the roles of Marius and Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables,” Uncle Fester in “The Addams Family,” Piangi in Andrew Loyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera,” Dave in “The Full Monty,” was handpicked by Berry Gordy to appear in “Motown The Musical,” Roger in the Broadway revival of “Grease!” with Sheena Easton, John Secada, Rex Smith, and Adrian Zmed, Gangster #1 in the Tony-winning Broadway revival of “Kiss Me, Kate,” “Camelot” opposite Robert Goulet and critically-acclaimed concerts around the world. Erick currently teaches voice training at New York University for theater students.
Neil is backed by a fall star band which included Abe Saenz on bass, Alex Wise, electric keyboard, Mike Wilson on guitar and Roger Cohen on drums.
You can catch Neil’s Berg’s 50 Years of Rock & Roll July 21st at Westchester Broadway Theatre – Elmsford, NY (6:15pm) and July 28th at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences – Long Beach Island, NJ (7:30pm).
Hear the crowd pleasing popular hits and forgotten songs of the last four decades. These timeless songs light up the stage as they are performed by Award-Winning Composer, Lyricist and Producer Neil Berg on piano and two incredible Broadway/Rock vocalists.