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The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway

March 15
7:30 PM

Pearce Auditorium – Brenau University

Tickets: $35 adult, $32 senior $28 students;
$98 series (nonmembers)
$78 series (members*)

According to San Francisco’s KABC radio theater critic, Jerry Friedman, “This revue features some of the best songs from the best Broadway shows, all sung by some of the most talented performers working today singing many of the hit songs that they have sung on Broadway.”

100 Years of Broadway recreates the greatest moments from the finest shows of the century featuring the actual stars of shows such as The Phantom of the OperaLes MiserablesCATS,Jesus Christ Superstar, and Jekyll & Hyde. These amazing performers light up the stage with songs from the hit shows in which they starred. Neil Berg presents brilliantly revived arrangements of Broadway classics as well as thrilling numbers from Broadway’s newest hit shows.

Along with musical director and pianist Neil Berg, the production will feature Rita Harvey(Christine Daee, Phantom of the Opera), Ray McLeod (Wreck, Wonderful Town), Carter Calvert (Grizabella, Cats), Danny Zolli (Jesus, Jesus Christ Superstar), and Erick Buckley (Jean Valjean, Les Miserables).

CAST BIOS (Cast is subject to change based upon possible Broadway and touring developments):

NEIL BERG is the composer/lyricist of the hit off-Broadway musical The Prince and the Pauper, which ran for two years at the Lamb’s Theater in New York City. The New York Times described it as “…soaring on the wings of theatrical fun.” Berg is currently writing the music for the Broadway bound musical Grumpy Old Men, based on the hit film. Two of Berg’s new musicals have been selected for the prestigious New York Musical Theater Festival: The Man Who Would Be King, a musical realization of Rudyard Kipling’s novella, and Tim and Scrooge, the sequel to A Christmas Carol.

RITA HARVEY starred recently as Hodel in the hit Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof with Rosie O’Donnell and Harvey Fierstein. She made her Broadway debut performing the lead role of Christine Daee in The Phantom of the Opera, after two years performing the role with the second national tour.  She starred off-Broadway as Lady Edith in the hit musical The Prince and the Pauper. Rita has performed as featured soloist around the world with such stars as Robert Evan, Betty Buckley, Ben Vereen, Craig Schulman, Lillias White and Michael Crawford.

RAYMOND JARAMILLO MCLEOD A Broadway veteran, most recently Mr. McLeod appeared as ‘Wreck’ in the Tony Award winning production of “Wonderful Town”. He has also worked in shows with such stars as Michael Crawford (Dance of the Vampires), Placido Domingo (Metropolitan and Los Angeles Operas), Taye Diggs (The Wild Party) and Will Smith (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air). However, his daughters only know him from his work with Disney on the soundtracks: Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladin and Pocohantas.

CARTER CALVERT New York credits include starring in the  original Broadway production cast album, and touring productions of It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues. Ms. Calvert toured Europe inSmokey Joe’s Café, played Grizabella in the national tour of Cats, and appeared as the title role inAlways, Patsy Cline.

DANNY ZOLLI Best known for his monumental number of performances as Jesus, Judas, and Annas in more than 15 productions of Jesus Christ Superstar throughout the world, Danny’s unique and stirring performance of the aria “Gethsemane” is debated among “Jesus Christ Superstar” fans as one of the best.   Danny has just completed and will soon be releasing his second solo album entitled “Sometimes Simple is Best”.  Most recently, Danny starred as Jesus in the 20th Anniversary concert of Jesus Christ Superstar.

ERICK BUCKLEY was the first person in the world to perform both the roles of Marius and Jean Valjean in Les Miserables:, Piangi in “Andrew Loyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, Dave in The Full Monty, 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.

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