GLEN ELLYN, Ill. – Broadway composer, lyricist and veteran producer Neil Berg brings his critically acclaimed “100 Years of Broadway” to the McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd. in Glen Ellyn, Sunday, Sept. 28, 3 p.m. This rousing revue of hits from Broadway classics, as well as the newest hit shows, features songs from “Dreamgirls,” “Jersey Boys,” “Les Miserables” “Man of La Mancha,” “Motown: The Musical,” ‘Movin’ Out,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “South Pacific” and more. For tickets, call 630.942.4000 or visit AtTheMAC.org.
“100 Years of Broadway” features Berg as narrator/performer plus a five-person cast including Broadway veterans Jeannette Bayardelle, Rita
Harvey, Richard Todd Adams, Chuck Wagner and Danny Zolli. The singers are backed by Berg (piano), Roger Cohen (drums/ percussion) and Abe Saenz (bass/drums). In addition to singing, the cast will share behind-the-scenes stories about their Broadway experiences.
Jeannette Bayardelle starred in the 2009 Tony Award-winning revival of “Hair” on Broadway as Dionne, and in “The Color Purple” on Broadway as Celie. Her performance as Celie in the first National tour of “The Color Purple” garnered her an NAACP award for best lead actress in a musical.
Rita Harvey performed on Broadway in the role of Hodel in the latest revival of “Fiddler on the Roof,” directed by David Leveaux and starring Rosie O’Donnell, Harvey Fierstein and Alfred Molina. She made her Broadway debut performing the lead role of Christine Daae in “The Phantom of the Opera,” after two-and-a-half years performing the role with the second national tour.
Richard Todd Adams made his Broadway debut in 2005 in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Woman in White” and, shortly thereafter, appeared on Broadway in Boublil and Schoenberg’s Chicago pre-Broadway production of “The Pirate Queen.” Chicagoans may remember him from his 2008 Joseph Jefferson Award-winning portrayal of Javert in “Les Misèrables” at the Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre.
Chuck Wagner performed on Broadway as Athos in “The Three Musketeers” (1984), Rapunzel’s Prince in the original Broadway cast of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” (1987-1989), Javert in “Les Misèrables” (1987-2003),Van Helsing in “Dracula” (2004-2005) and as “The Beast” in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” (2004-2007). His television credits include appearances on “The Late Show” with David Letterman, “All My Children,” “One Life to Live” and “General Hospital.”
Danny Zolli is perhaps best known for his monumental number of performances as Jesus and Judas in more than 23 productions (including Broadway and six national/international tours) of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” He has shared the stage with such luminaries as The Gypsy Kings, Ted Neeley, Dennis DeYoung (STYX), Betty Buckley, Yvonne Elliman, Peter Frampton, Dr. Maya Angelou, Trisha Yearwood, Rita Moreno and Hal Holbrook, among others.
Neil Berg has produced more than a thousand Broadway concerts around the world. He is the composer/lyricist of the hit Off-Broadway musical “The Prince and the Pauper” and was also the composer/music supervisor on the feature film “Searching for Bobby D.” Other credits and awards include recipient of the 1995 Bistro Award for Best Musical, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for artistry and community service, and The Rockland Family Shelter’s Distinguished Citizen’s Award, along with Academy Award-winning actress Ellen Burstyn, for efforts on behalf of abused women. In 2001, he was honored as The American Red Cross Man of the Year, and in 2008 he received the Arts Council of Rockland County’s Artist of the Year award.
Neil Berg’s “100 Years of Broadway” comes to the McAninch Arts Center (MAC), located at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, Ill. Sunday, Sept. 28 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $54 VIP Table/$49 Section A/$44 Section B. Tickets are available at AtTheMAC.org and by phone at 630.942.4000.
About the MAC
McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage is located 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355, and houses four performance spaces (the 780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall; the 186-seat soft-thrust Playhouse Theatre; the versatile black box Studio Theatre and the outdoor Lakeside Pavilion), plus the Cleve Carney Art Gallery and classrooms for the college’s academic programming. The MAC has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes more than 75,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances each season.
The MAC began major renovations in fall 2012 to update its three performance spaces, construct a new art gallery and outdoor pavilion, and make improvements to the infrastructure, teaching and learning spaces and patron service areas. The MAC renovation was funded as part of the $168 million referendum that voters of District 502 passed in November 2010. The MAC completed its 14-month, $35 million renovation in December 2013 and officially opened its doors to the public with the MAC Madness Celebration on March 8, 2014. The MAC’s 2014-2015 Season is its first full season following the landmark renovations.
The mission of the MAC is to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community.
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McAninch Arts Center (MAC) is supported
in part by the College of DuPage Foundation. Established as a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit charitable organization in 1967, the College of DuPage Foundation raises monetary and in-kind gifts to increase access to education and to enhance cultural opportunities for the surrounding community. For more information about the College of DuPage Foundation, visit cod.edu/foundation or call 630.942.2462.
Programs at the MAC are partially supported through funding from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
For Immediate Release
September 16, 2014
Carol Fox and Associates