New Jersey Stage

Thursday, November 4, 2010

‘Broadway' is back, and Berg's bringing it, to Monmouth U's Pollak Theatre

(WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ) — His creative collaborators have included winners of the Oscar, the Tony and the Pulitzer Prize — as well as a former editor of MAD magazine and a member of the thrash-metal band Anthrax.

He's produced major concerts starring such Broadway greats as Michael Crawford, Bernadette Peters and Rita Moreno — and he's received acclaim and honors for everything from his countless private/corporate events, to his tireless efforts for charities and nonprofits.

He's Jersey's own Neil Berg, and when he's not busying himself with 1,001 different creative endeavors, he's taking to the road with a theatre-sized musical revue that's very quickly become "the number one touring Broadway concert in the United States." Now encompassing some 120 cities, it's a road that takes him back to the Pollak Theatre, as one of the favorite frequent attractions in Monmouth University's Center of Distinction for the Arts.

Musical theater fans who thrilled to Berg's smash production 100 Years of Broadway (and its encore edition, 101 Years of Broadway) can expect the same stellar standard on the night of November 19, 2010, when Berg and a cast of Great White Way veterans take to the Pollak boards with a fresh new selection from the songbook of the best-loved shows in musical theater history.

The 2010 concert presentation is called — wait for it — 102 Years of Broadway, and what the title may lack in surprise value is more than compensated for by the level of assembled vocal talents, backed by Berg's all-star band of New York pros, as well as by the full faith and credit of the greatest songwriters who ever lived.

Past editions of Berg's concert show have boasted the talents of Betty Buckley, Ben Vereen and Liz Callaway, among many others — and 102 Years continues the tradition of featuring Broadway cast members, performing the songs from the hits in which they starred.

Standing in the spotlight on this year's tour are Rita Harvey (who portrayed Christine on Broadway in Phantom of the Opera, and co-starred with Rosie O'Donnell and Harvey Fierstein in the hit revival of Fiddler), as well as returning favorite Carter Calvert (whose many credits include Broadway's It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues and the national tour of Cats). Other shows represented by Broadway veterans include Les Miserables, Evita, Wonderful Town, and Jesus Christ Superstar.

For additional information, or to purchase tickets, please contact the Monmouth University Performing Arts Box Office at 732-263-6889, or online at www.monmouth.edu/arts.