WHO IS NEIL BERG?
Neil Berg is a Binghamton University alumnus, and we are happy to have him come back to his alma mater and take the time to talk to you!
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”. The original cast CD is released internationally on Jay Records, sheet music published by Hal Leonard, and licensing by Samuel French Inc.
Berg is currently the composer for the new Broadway musical “Grumpy Old Men”, based on the contemporary movie classic starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, opening in 2009/2010. Neil's latest show, “The Man Who Would Be King” with book and lyrics by DJ Salisbury, recently opened at the Rubicon Theater in CA. This show is in development for a Broadway run with Moises Kaufman/Tetonic Theater Project as Dramaturg /executive producer along with producer Adam Friedson. The fully-orchestrated CD recording, starring Brian d’Arcy James, Marc Kudisch and Mandy Gonzalez, has just been released, and can be purchased at http://www.neilberg.com. His musical “Tim and Scrooge,” with book and lyrics by Nick Meglin, was voted “one of the best musicals” of the inaugural NYMF festival in NYC, then opened at The Queens Theater in the Park and is now optioned for a West End run. Berg is currently collaborating with Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Robert Schenkkan on a new musical called "The Twelve."
Berg also composed the new musical "Heidi", commissioned by the Walden Family Theater in San Francisco, which ran for over 80 performances in its regional premiere. Other commission works include “Percy Penguin” for the Penguin Repertory Theater (Joe Brancato, Artistic Director), “Threads” for the Helen Hayes Theater, and “Fiona: The Mother Goose Musical”. Berg was also the recipient of the 1995 Bistro Award for Best Musical for his show "Asylum in the Night," a revue of his theater music. Berg was also the composer/music supervisor on the feature film “Searching For Bobby D.” featuring Carmen Electra, Sandra Bernhard and Mario Cantone.
Berg is co-owner of the SJR Theater Workshop, a summer theater camp in Montvale, N.J., which instructs over 200 young actors/singers, featuring Broadway instructors. For more information, go to: www.sjrtheater.com.
As owner of Leftfield Productions Inc., Berg has produced over a thousand Broadway concerts across the world with such stars as Michael Crawford, Rita Moreno, Bernadette Peters, Ben Vereen, Betty Buckley, Donna McKechnie, Liz Callaway, Eden Espinosa and many other greats. In partnership with producer Adam Friedson, Berg toured over 100 cities in 2008-2009 with his hit show, Neil Berg's "100 Years of Broadway". He was the producing artistic director of The Broadway Series at the world famous China Club in NYC. He is also producing the new concert version of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” with Rupert Holmes.
For the past 15 years, Berg has been the musical director/entertainment coordinator for The Leukemia Society of America and Covenant House. He has produced countless corporate events all across the world for such organizations as UBS/Paine Webber, Goldman Sachs, Deloitte Touche, John Hancock, Marriott Corporation, IBM, The United Hospice Organization, The American Red Cross and many others. For his charitable contributions, he was honored in 2001 as The American Red Cross Man of the Year, and was honored again in 2003 by The United Hospice Foundation. In 2008, Berg was awarded the Performer of the Year by the Arts council of Rockland County.
Berg can be heard on radio around the country with his jingle for Shock Coffee. He also toured the U.S. with rock band “Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan” and played on their past seven CDs, as well as performed with them on the recent 100-Year Anniversary Tour for Harley Davidson.
Last Updated: 10/24/12