Broadway musical revue at Miller Auditorium
Nov. 9, 2009
KALAMAZOO--Neil Berg's widely acclaimed musical revue "100 Years of Broadway" will visit Western Michigan University's Miller Auditorium for a single show at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21.
"100 Years of Broadway" recreates the greatest moments from some of the most celebrated shows of the century, featuring a cast of five Broadway stars accompanied by an all-star New York band. Performers light up the stage with songs from the hit shows in which they starred. Berg presents new hits as well as brilliantly revived arrangements of Broadway classics.
The Miller Auditorium production will feature Carter Calvert (Grizabella, Cats), Rita Harvey (Christine Daae, The Phantom of the Opera), Ray McLeod (Wreck, Wonderful Town), Craig Schulman (Phantom, The Phantom of the Opera) and Danny Zolli (Jesus, Jesus Christ Superstar). The cast is subject to change based upon possible Broadway and touring developments.
Neil Berg's "100 Years of Broadway" is part of Miller Auditorium's Spotlight Series and is sponsored by Coca-Cola and WKMI AM 1360. Tickets are on sale now and range from $15 to $40. They are available by calling (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858, online at millerauditorium.com, or by visiting the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office or Epic Center Box Office in downtown Kalamazoo. Groups of 15 or more should call (269) 387-2312 for special discounts.
Neil Berg is the composer and 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. He is currently writing the music for the Broadway-bound musical "Grumpy Old Men," based on the hit film. Two of his 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."
Carter Calvert starred in the original Broadway production cast album and touring productions of "It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues." She toured Europe in "Smokey Joe's Cafe," played Grizabella in the national tour of "Cats," and appeared as the title role in "Always, Patsy Cline."
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 Daae 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." She 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 is a Broadway veteran, who most recently 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). He is well-known for his work on several Disney soundtracks, including "Beauty and the Beast," "The Little Mermaid," "Aladdin" and "Pocahontas."
Craig Schulman was invited to represent the United States at the 10th anniversary of "Les Miserables" in London. He is the only actor in the world to have portrayed three of the greatest musical-theatre roles: the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera," Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables" and the title roles in "Jekyll and Hyde." He has portrayed Jean Valjean in four different companies in three countries for a total of nearly 2,000 performances. Widely recognized from the PBS broadcast of "The 10th Anniversary: Les Miserables In Concert," he has also played Che in "Evita," Tevye in "Fiddler On The Roof," Archibald in "The Secret Garden" and Father in "Children Of Eden."
Danny Zolli is 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. His unique and stirring performance of the aria "Gethsemane" is debated among fans as one of the best. He has just completed and will soon be releasing his second solo album, "Sometimes Simple is Best." Most recently, he starred as Jesus in the 20th-anniversary concert of "Jesus Christ Superstar."
Media contact: Bethany Gauthier, (269) 387-2245, firstname.lastname@example.org