This Year's Talent
Broadway: Newsies, Martin Short-Fame Becomes Me, Caroline, or Change, The Look of Love, The Civil War.
Off-Broadway: Nora Ephron’s Love Loss and What I Wore, (mis)Understanding Mammy-The Hattie McDaniel Story, (Drama Desk Award nominee) Caroline, or Change, Godspell.
Original Cast recordings: Martin Short-Fame Becomes Me, Caroline, or Change, Godspell, Children of Eden.
Television: 30 Rock, the Practice, Law & Order, the Sopranos, Third watch, Law & Order-SVU. Film-Musical Chairs.
Soloist for many symphony orchestras in the U.S. and Abroad including Cleveland Orchestra, National Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Edmonton Symphony.
Movie Soundtracks: Nine, Chicago, Mission to Mars, Legally Blonde 2.
David Elder is thrilled to be joining Neil Berg and the 100 Years of Broadway family. His Broadway credits include: "Curtains" (Bobby Pepper), "42nd Street" (Billy Lawlor, Outer Critics and Astaire Award Noms.), "Kiss Me Kate" (Bill Calhoun/Lucentio), "Titanic" (Fleet/The Lookout), "Once Upon a Mattress" (Sir Harry) with Sarah Jessica Parker, "Damn Yankees" (Bomber) with Jerry Lewis, "Beauty and the Beast" (Orig. Salt Shaker/Beast understudy), and "Guys and Dolls" (Guy/Crapshoot specialty, Broadway debut) with Nathan Lane. David most recently played the role of Phil Davis (made famous by Danny Kaye) in the National Tour of Irving Berlin's White Christmas. In addition to the above credits, he includes playing Joe Hardy in the first national tour of "Damn Yankees" opposite Jerry Lewis and performing the role of tapping Timothy Harper in "Strike Up The Band" for City Centers’ Encores Series opposite Kristin Chenoweth, as standouts in his career. He has also performed alongside Kristin Chenoweth for her many concert appearances including The Met and Carnegie Hall. A few of his favorite regional memories include: "Singing in the Rain" (Don Lockwood, Goodspeed Opera House), "Windy City" (Hildy Johnson, Walnut Street Theater), and "Crazy For You" (Bobby Child, Stages St. Louis, Kevin Kline Award). TV/Film: Across the Universe, Jeffrey, Cradle Will Rock, and Guiding Light. David sings on the original cast recordings of "42nd Street," "Titanic," "Once Upon a Mattress," "Beauty and the Beast," and "Guys and Dolls". He hales from Houston, TX where he studied Voice Performance at the University of Houston and currently resides in NYC.
Lawrence Clayton has appeared nationally as Jean Valjean in 25th anniversary production of Les Miserables. He also starred in the New York Premier of Jerry Springer the Opera at Carnegie Hall with Harvey Keitel and reprised the role at the Sydney Opera House. Broadway appearances include Bells Are Ringing; It Ain’t Nothin but the Blues, The Civil War, Once upon a Mattress, and Dreamgirls. Off Broadway includes, Crowns at Second Stage, (Audelco Award) Saturn Returns and Romance in Hard Times at The Public Theater, and as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar at the Paramount Theater at Madison Square Garden. Regional audiences have seen him in productions of Big River, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Boys from Syracuse, Betsy Brown and Sophisticated Ladies and Avenue X. He as also appeared as the Tenor in Too Hot to Handel with the Baltimore and Colorado Symphonies under the direction of Marin Alsop. Most recently he performed in World Rock Symphony Orchestra – Briton Rocks at the Fallsview Casino in Ontario, Canada.
On the small screen Lawrence has appeared in episodes of The Big C, All MyChildren, Another World, As the World Turns, One Life to Live, Deadline, Law and Order: CI, and the made for TV movie Mary and Rhoda. He lent his voice to the Rankin-Bass animated Christmas special Santa Baby starring Vanessa Williams, Gregory Hines and Eartha Kitt. Recordings include Broadway cast albums of Bells Are Ringing, Once upon a Mattress and Adam Guettel’s Myths and Hymns.
Broadway: Madame Defarge in A Tale of Two Cities (Sarasota Magazine’s Best Supporting Actress Award), Eponine in Les Miserables, Sally in A Christmas Carol(original Cast)
Off-B’way: Zombie Prom, The Audience, Magpie.
National Tours: Camila in In The Heights, Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar, Eva Peron in Evita (Jeff Award nomination) Grizabella in CATS, West Side Story (Japan).
Regional: Everything’s Ducky , The Fix , Frances of Guernica by Gammy award winner Marcus Hummon, Blood Brothers, and Zorba
Television/Film: Law and Order (twice), Law and Order SVU, Santa Baby for FOX Television, Eleven for RIPEST movie musicals, 2006.
Ms. Toro has performed as a solo artist at Carnegie Hall, and at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland and with the Kentucky and Buffalo Symphony Orchestras. Her Solo Show, “Standards, Broadway and Everything in-between” was premiered in NYC in 2009 to critical acclaim. Her recent One woman show, “The Broken Road (baggage limit 50lbs)” opened in summer 2010 to rave reviews.
Natalie’s new CD, entitled Natalie Toro, was released to critical acclaim nationally on November 24th 2008, the same week she was honored by the Bronx Borough President, Adolfo Carrion, Jr. as part of Puerto Rican heritage month. www.natalietoro.com
Rob Evan starred in the original Broadway cast of Jekyll & Hyde, playing the title roles for three years and over 600 performances. His rendition of This Is the Moment has been performed at numerous prestigious events including the 2001 Inaugural Gala for President George W. Bush, the Millennium Independence Day US Naval Revue aboard the USS JFK for President Clinton, the Millennium World Forum Conference with guest speaker Mikhail Gorbachev, the 1998 Goodwill Games, the New York City Mayor's Inaugural Gala, the 1998 and 1999 NY Yankees World Series Celebration at City Hall, The Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards Telecast, the Today Show, and Monday Night Football. Rob regularly stars around the world in the all-new Jekyll & Hyde: The Concert, where he returned from a 16-show run in Seoul, South Korea's Olympic Hall last spring.
Currently, Rob is starring on Broadway in Disney's Tarzan playing the role of Kerchak at the Richard Rodgers Theater. Rob also appeared on Broadway as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, and was chosen to lead the critically acclaimed National Touring Company to its history-making stop on Broadway. Most recently, he starred as the sadistic Orin Scrivello D.D.S. in Little Shop of Horrors with Joey Fatone from *NSYNC on Broadway. Rob, also, had the pleasure of singing the role of the Count von Krolock in Jim Steinman's Dance of the Vampires at the Minksoff Theater.
Off-Broadway, Rob created the roles of The Dancin' Kid in Johnny Guitar and the hero Miles Hendon in The Prince and the Pauper.
As a vocalist and recording artist, Rob is a member of the platinum selling rock band, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and has played in arenas across the country for up to 20,000 people. He, also, is lead vocalist for Jim Steinman's The Dream Engine and is currently recording their debut album.
In concert, Rob has appeared in the current touring production of The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, which originated at the Kennedy Center in 2004. He is a regularly featured performer in Neil Berg's 100 years of Broadway now touring the US. Rob has performed throughout the US for numerous corporate audiences including Paine Webber, Pfizer, AXA, IBM, KPMG, and Seagram's, among others. He made his cabaret debut with The Kid Inside at NY's Arci's Place to great reviews from the New York Times. He headlined with his big band at the Mohegan Sun's Cabaret Theater in March 2002. Rob has been featured with many leading symphonies across the nation and is a recipient of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Talent Award in 1989. He was awarded the 1999 “Shining Star” award by the Leukemia Society of America and honored by the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America for charitable support.
Regionally, Rob portrayed the role of the Southern Captain in Frank Wildhorn's For the Glory at the Majestic in historic Gettysburg. He, also, originated the role of Nanki-Poo in the TUTS/Pittsburgh CLO premiere of the Hot Mikado. On tour, he has been seen in Les Miserables as Valjean, Jekyll & Hyde (title roles), Hello, Dolly! with the late Madeline Kahn, and By George! Rob has played MacHeath in Three Penny, Jesus in Superstar, Tommy in Brigadoon, the Red Shadow in Desert Song, and Anatoly in Chess. Rob produced and starred in the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids NY Benefit Concert of Chess at the John Houseman Theater and at the Helen Hayes PAC. His TV credits include All My Children on the ABC network.
Recordings include Trans-Siberian Orchestra's The Lost Christmas (Lava/Atlantic), Jekyll & Hyde (OBC, Atlantic), The Civil War (Atlantic), The Broadway Musicals of 1940 (BayView), The Prince and the Pauper (OOBC, JAY), Johnny Guitar (OOBC), Jekyll & Hyde: Resurrection (KOCH/Globalvision), and The Dream Engine's upcoming debut album (Ravenous). This spring will mark the release of his long awaited solo debut album on Legacy Records!
A native of Monticello, Georgia, Rob is a former varsity athlete at the University of Georgia, where he majored in Finance. His favorite roles continue to be that of husband to Beate and father to Johan, Max, and Birk. Thanks Linda!
Recently starring as Emile de Becque in SOUTH PACIFIC at Lincoln Center, Broadway and concert star WILLIAM MICHALS made his Broadway debut as “The Beast” in Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and later returned to play Gaston in the same production. His career has continued in such roles as Javert in LES MISÉRABLES, Billy Flynn in CHICAGO, Don Quixote in MAN OF LA MANCHA, Harold Hill in THE MUSIC MAN, and the title role in PHANTOM. Audiences across the country have enjoyed him as Captain von Trapp in THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Billy Flynn in Kander & Ebb’s CHICAGO, and as Macheath in THE THREEPENNY OPERA, and he earned special recognition by Chicago’s “Jeff” and the National STAR awards for his portrayal of Chauvelin in the national tour of THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL.
Not only has Michals played the great theatrical venues of the nation, including Carnegie Hall, Broadway’s fabled Palace Theatre, LA’s Ahmanson and D.C.’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, but he’s also entertained in New York’s finest rooms, including the Rainbow Room, The Four Seasons, and the Grand Ballroom of The Plaza. Michals regularly appears with the country’s leading orchestras, including the San Francisco, San Diego, Utah, and Hartford Symphonies, The New York Pops, and recently appeared with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops for another sold-out evening of “Broadway Showstoppers”.
William’s credits extend into the operatic world, in New York, Boston, and in concert at the Aspen and Tanglewood Music Festivals. Favorite roles include Figaro and the Count inMozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Escamillo inBizet’s Carmen, Marcello in Puccini’s La Bohème, Danilo in Lehár’s The Merry Widow, and Hunding in Wagner’s Die Walküre. TV appearances include "Law and Order", "All My Children", and "Guiding Light."
His CD, william michals broadway in concert, is available. For more information, please visit www.WilliamMichals.com.
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 "Prince and the Pauper" "[soars] on wings of theatrical fun." The original cast CD is released internationally on Jay Records, sheet music published by Hal Leonard, and licensing by Samuel French Inc. Songs from this show are also featured with many other classic songs in the official Off-Broadway Songbook, published by Hal Leonard.
Neil is currently the composer for the new Broadway-bound musical "Grumpy Old Men," based on the Warner Brothers movie classic starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, which had its out of town tryout at the Manitoba Theater in Winnipeg in October 2011 starring Conrad John Schuck (“McMillan & Wife”), John Rubenstein (“Pippin”), and Susan Anton (“The Will Rogers Follies”). For more information go to www.grumpyoldmenthemusical.com.
Neil is currently collaborating with Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Robert Schenkkan on a new rock musical called "The 12". Following a series of successful concert performances at the China Club and B.B. King’s in New York City, Riverspace in Nyack, and the Broward Center in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, “The 12” had its regional premiere at the Inserra Theater in Montvale, NJ starring Jason Wooten (“Hair”), Tad Wilson (“Rock of Ages”), Lawrence Clayton (“Dreamgirls”), Gerard Canonico (“Spring Awakening”) and VH1’s Best Undiscoverd Artist, Sophia Ramos.
Neil's musical, "The Man Who Would Be King," with book and lyrics by DJ Salisbury, had a developmental reading/workshop at The Village Theater in Issaquah, WA, directed by Tony Award winner Brian Yorkey ("Next To Normal"). This follows a staged reading at the Rubicon Theater in CA. This show has been developed with dramaturgical guidance by Moises Kaufman of the Tetonic Theater Project. The fully-orchestrated CD recording, featuring Brian d'Arcy James, Marc Kudisch and Mandy Gonzalez, has recently been released, and can be purchased at www.neilberg.com.
Neil's musical "Tim and Scrooge," with book and lyrics by Nick Meglin (former editor of Mad Magazine), had its first developmental production at the wonderful Elmwood Playhouse in Nyack, NY. It was voted "one of the best musicals" of the inaugural NYMF festival in NYC, and garnered a rave review in the NY Times after it opened for an Equity run, starring TONY nominee Bobby Steggert at The Queens Theater in the Park, and was presented as a special reading at the Criterion Theater in the London's West End.
Neil also composed the new musical "Heidi," book by Julia Jordan and commissioned by Douglas Love and the Walden Family Theater. Heidi ran for over eighty performances in its regional premiere in Denver. His musical "Hexed in the City" played Off- Broadway at the Zipper Theater. Other new projects in development are musical versions of "Pollyanna" and "The Count of Monte Cristo". Other commissioned 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".
Neil was also the recipient of the 1995 Bistro Award for Best Musical for his show "Asylum in the Night," a revue of Neil's theater music. Neil had an evening dedicated to his music at Joe's Pub, and returned to Feinstein's for a two week engagement in July 2011 after a sold out performance in 2010. Neil was also the composer/music supervisor on the feature film "Searching For Bobby D." featuring Carmen Electra, Sandra Bernhard, and Mario Cantone, and is composer/music supervisor of the upcoming film "Goat" starring Armand Assante, Ice-T, and Ja Rule.
Neil studied musical composition with Robert Printz, Sue Peters, and is a product of The BMI Musical Writer's Workshop, mentored by Maury Yeston and Skip Kennon.
Neil is the creator and co-producer of Neil Berg's "100 Years of Broadway," which is now the number one Broadway touring concert in the United States, playing in over 120 cities annually.
As owner of Leftfield Productions, Inc., Neil has produced over a thousand Broadway concerts worldwide with such stars as Michael Crawford, Bernadette Peters, Ben Vereen, Betty Buckley, Rita Moreno, Donna McKechnie, Liz Callaway, Mark Kudisch, Alice Ripley, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Stephanie Block, Sir Cliff Richard and many other greats.
Neil produced the 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," "Chess," and "Jesus Christ Superstar".
Neil was the Producing Artistic Director of The Broadway Series at the world famous China Club in NYC. Over the past 20 years, Neil has been the musical director/entertainment coordinator for such great organizations The Leukemia Society of America and of course Covenant House where he has helped raise over $12 Million through Night of Broadway Stars. He has produced countless corporate events all across the world for UBS/Paine Webber, Goldman Sachs, Deloitte Touche, John Hancock, Marriott Corporation, IBM, The United Hospice Organization, The American Red Cross, and many others.
In May 2010, Neil was honored with the Distinguished Citizen's Award, along with Academy Award Winning actress Ellen Burstyn, by The Rockland Family Shelter for his efforts on behalf of abused women. Neil was also honored in 2001 as Rockland County’s “The American Red Cross Man of the Year”, and was honored again in 2003 by The United Hospice Foundation. In 2008, Neil was awarded "Artist of the Year" by the Arts Council of Rockland County. In May 2012, Neil received the prestigious Elis Island Medal of Honor which exemplifies an individual’s outstanding qualities in both their personal and professional lives. Past Medalists include six Presidents, as well as Nobel Prize winners and leaders of industry, education, the arts, sports and government.
Neil can be heard on radio around the country with his jingle for Shock Coffee. Neil also toured the US with the 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.
Neil is the proud co-owner, with John Asselta, of the Broadway Theater Workshops in residence at St. Joseph Regional High School, a theater camp for students in Montvale NJ, which instructs over 200 young actors/singers a year. This program is now run year round. For more information please go to www.broadwaytheaterworkshops.com
Neil is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild, and can be reached at www.neilberg.com.
Neil dedicates everything to his wife, Rita Harvey, and their son, Lucas David Berg.