It's any wonder Neil Berg has time to eat and sleep. During the past decade, he's written the musicals “The Man Who Would Be King,” “Tim and Scrooge,” “Heidi,” “Hexed in the City” and “The Prince and the Pauper,” the latter enjoying a 14-month off-Broadway run.
Currently in the works are the musicals “Grumpy Old Men,” based on the Warner Bros. movie, “The 12,” a collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, “Pollyanna” and “The Count of Monte Cristo.”
While those projects placed extreme demands on his time, Berg also has contributed music to the films “Searching for Bobby D” and “Goat”; he's served as producer or artistic director of numerous corporate events; he has produced concerts for such luminaries as Michael Crawford, Bernadette Peters, Betty Buckley and Rita Moreno; and he wrote a jingle for Shock Coffee.
“I'm so fortunate and thankful that I have that dilemma,” Berg said recently. “I never take it for granted. In our business, there are names much more famous than I who don't have the same dilemma. I'm so grateful.”
The project with which he has been most closely identified, however, is “Neil Berg's 100 Years of Broadway.” This musical revue, which features five Broadway singers, a combo and Berg on piano, surveys some of the musical theater's most popular scores.
Part of Celebrity Attractions' 2012-13 season, “Neil Berg's 100 Years of Broadway” comes to the Civic Center Music Hall this week for eight performances. The cast includes Sandra Joseph, William Michals, Carter Calvert, Danny Zolli and Rob Evan.
While attending college in Binghamton, N.Y., Berg put together a number of benefit concerts that featured the best singers he could entice into performing with him. After college, Berg frequently served as a pianist for other Broadway-themed concerts and soon began getting offers to present similar concerts at a professional level.
“Things just blossomed after that, and I started doing a ton of those concerts,” Berg said in a voice that readily identified him as a New Yorker. “I started taking the show around the country 10 years ago and was lucky to be able to use people who happen to be the best singers in the business.