Neil Berg

Neil is the composer/co-lyricist, along with Pulitzer Prize/TONY-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, of the award-winning new musical The 12, which just finished a very successful pre-Broadway tryout to critical and audience acclaim at the Goodspeed Opera House, directed by TONY award-winning director John Doyle, produced for Broadway by Cody Lassen & Joe Grano. The 12 previously ran at The Denver Center to unanimous rave reviews and won the 2015 HENRY Award for best new play or musical. Broadway opening anticipated in 2025/2026 season.

Neil is currently in development as the composer of the new Broadway bound musical version of My Cousin Vinny, based on the iconic movie, with book/lyrics by original screenwriter, Dale Launer.

Neil has two new commissioned musicals opening in 2024: The Sabbath Girl which opens May 3rd at Penguin Repertory Theatre (directed by Joe Brancato), then transfers Off-Broadway in July to the Big Theater @ 59 East 59th, and How My Grandparents Met, opening this winter at The NJ Rep Theater, both written with playwright/book writer/co-lyricist Cary Gitter.

Neil is currently the composer of the new musical Charlie Hustle, about controversial baseball icon Pete Rose and the story of his gambling addiction that led to his downfall, with book/lyrics by Ryan Noggle. Charlie Hustle will have its first developmental production in Detroit, Michigan this fall.

Neil is the composer for the popular musical version of Grumpy Old Men: The Musical, based on the Warner Brothers movie classic starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, which had its official U.S. Premiere at The Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine to rave reviews, and La Mirada Theater in LA, starring Cathy Rigby. Other actors include F. Murray Abraham, TONY Award winner George Hearn, Marilu Henner, Carole Kane. It is currently produced/licensed at many regional & community theaters across the United States. Licensing rights are with TRW (Theatrical Rights Worldwide).

Neil Berg is also 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's holiday musical Tim and Scrooge, with book and lyrics by Nick Meglin (former editor of Mad Magazine), garnered rave reviews December 2015 at the Westchester Broadway Theater in NY. Tim and Scrooge explores what happens ten years after A Christmas Carol and was voted "one of the best musicals" of the inaugural NYMF festival in NYC and garnered a glowing review in the New York Times after it opened at The Queens Theater in the Park, starring TONY nominee Bobby Steggert. It was also presented as a special reading at the Criterion Theater in London's West End.

Neil's musical The Man Who Would Be King, written with DJ Salisbury, has been developed with dramaturgical guidance by Moises Kaufman of the Tetonic Theater Project, and the fully orchestrated CD recording, featuring Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton), Brian d'Arcy James, Marc Kudisch can be purchased at www.neilberg.com. It had a developmental reading/workshop at The Village Theater in Issaquah, WA, directed by Tony Award winner Brian Yorkey (Next To Normal, If/Then). This followed a staged reading at the Rubicon Theater in CA.

Neil is also currently working with writer Jonathan Feldman (screenwriter of Swing Kids movie) and Emmy/Oscar-winning producer Mark Gordon (Grey's Anatomy, Saving Private Ryan) on a new contemporary musical called Never Grimm, based on a modern mashup of Mother Goose/Grimm's fairytales.

Neil also composed the 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, with book by Tom Mills, played Off-Broadway at the Zipper Theater, produced by The Sonnet Repertory Theater.

Other commissioned works include Percy Penguin for the Penguin Repertory Theater (Joe Brancato, Artistic Director), Threads for the Helen Hayes Theater in Nyack, NY, and False Profits at The Theater Off-Park in NYC.

As a film composer, Neil recently scored, and was the musical supervisor for the 2013 released film "Once upon a Time in Brooklyn," starring Armand Assante, Ice-T, William DeMeo, and Cathy Moriarity. It is released theatrically by Grindstone, the independent division of Lionsgate. Neil was also the composer/music supervisor on the feature film "Searching for Bobby D," featuring Carmen Electra, Sandra Bernhard, and Mario Cantone.

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, produced by BrodwayWorld.com, and returned to Feinstein's for a two-week engagement in July 2011 after a sold outperformance in 2010. 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.

As a producer, Neil is the creator and co-producer, along with his producing partner Adam Friedson, of Neil Berg's 100 Years of Broadway and 50 Years of Rock & Roll, which continues to be one of the top Broadway touring concerts in the United States, playing over 100 shows a year for the past twenty years. You can find the current schedule at www.neilberg.com.

Neil was also one of the lead producers and driving force of the award-winning 2013 Off-Broadway revival of Maltby and Shire's Closer Than Ever at The York Theater. Neil's guidance brought the show first to Queens Theater in the Park and The Bristol Riverside Theater with original stars Lynn Wintersteller and Sally Mayes, before recasting the show when it came into NYC, with Christiane Noll, Jenn Colella, George Dvorsky, Sal Viviano, and Rita Harvey. Reviews were some of the strongest in the 2012-2013 NYC theater season and led to winning the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Musical Revival.

As owner of Leftfield Productions, Inc., an entertainment company based in Nyack, NY, Neil has produced over a thousand Broadway concerts worldwide with such legends as Michael Crawford, Bernadette Peters, Ben Vereen, Audra McDonald, Betty Buckley, Rita Moreno, Donna McKechnie, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jeremy Jordan, Norm Lewis, Liz Callaway, Alice Ripley, Stephanie Block, Capathia Jenkins and many others.

Neil created A Night of Broadway Stars, a concert series which features many of Broadway´┐Żs top stars, and tours across the country, performing in various cities to raise awareness and money for Covenant House, an organization which shelters and feeds homeless teens. Over the past 20 years Neil has helped raise over $40 million.

Neil co-created and produces an annual concert, called GOODSTOCK, which uses both local and national talent to raise money for People to People, an organization that feeds the homeless and hungry in Rockland County, NY.

Neil also produced a 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 (NYC), Chess (John Houseman Theater), 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 25 years, Neil has been the musical director/entertainment coordinator for such great organizations as Covenant House and The Leukemia Society of America. He has produced countless corporate events across the world for Goldman Sachs, UBS/Paine Webber, Deloitte Touche, John Hancock, Marriott Corporation, IBM, The United Hospice Organization, The American Red Cross, and many others.

In May 2012, Neil was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his artistry and dedication to community service. Neil was also 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 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.

Neil also toured the U.S. 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 was also heard on radios around the country with his jingle for Shock Coffee.

Neil is the co-founder of the SJR Theater Workshop, a theater camp for students in Montvale, NJ, which instructs over 200 young actors/singers a year.

Neil is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and can be reached at www.neilberg.com.

Neil is married to actress Rita Harvey, and dedicates everything to her, and their son, Lucas David Berg.

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Abraham Saenz
Abraham Saenz
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Michael Wilson
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Michael Wilson
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Neil Berg
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Richard Todd Adams
Richard Todd Adams
Rosa Avila
Rosa Avila
Ryan Ball
Ryan Ball
James Barbour
James Barbour
Jeannette Bayardelle
Jeannette Bayardelle
Jeremy Beck
Jeremy Beck
Neil Berg
Neil Berg
Jon Berger
Jon Berger
Jason Bernard
Jason Bernard
Steve Blanchard
Steve Blanchard
Stephanie J. Block
Stephanie J. Block
Ron Bohmer
Ron Bohmer
Dustin Brayley
Dustin Brayley
Catherine Brunell
Catherine Brunell
Kimilee Bryant
Kimilee Bryant
Erick Buckley
Erick Buckley
Andrea Burns
Andrea Burns
Liz Callaway
Liz Callaway
Joey Calveri
Joey Calveri
Carter Calvert
Carter Calvert
John Classick
John Classick
Roger Cohen
Roger Cohen
Roosevelt Credit
Roosevelt Credit
Keith Crupi
Keith Crupi
Charles Czarnecki
Charles Czarnecki
Quentin Earl Darrington
Quentin Earl Darrington
Michelle Dawson
Michelle Dawson
Erin Denman
Erin Denman
Jeffry Denman
Jeffry Denman
Diana DiMarzio
Diana DiMarzio
Jennifer DiNoia
Jennifer DiNoia
Dan Domenech
Dan Domenech
Robert DuSold
Robert DuSold
Maria Eberline
Maria Eberline
David Elder
David Elder
Rob Evan
Rob Evan
Aaron Finley
Aaron Finley
Judith Franklin
Judith Franklin
Adam Friedson
Adam Friedson
Darren Gage
Darren Gage
Mandy Gonzalez
Mandy Gonzalez
Alan H. Green
Alan H. Green
Al Greene
Al Greene
Jessica Grovè
Jessica Grovè
Eugene Gwozdz
Eugene Gwozdz
Chris Haberl
Chris Haberl
Mikey Hachey
Mikey Hachey
Jacob Haren
Jacob Haren
Laurel Harris
Laurel Harris
Rita Harvey
Rita Harvey
Tamra Hayden
Tamra Hayden
Josh Hobbs
Josh Hobbs
Leah Horowitz
Leah Horowitz
Avionce Hoyles
Avionce Hoyles
Matt Hughes
Matt Hughes
Jana Djenne Jackson
Jana Djenne Jackson
Capathia Jenkins
Capathia Jenkins
David Jennings
David Jennings
Sandra Joseph
Sandra Joseph
Dylan Kelehan
Dylan Kelehan
Kareema M Khouri
Kareema M Khouri
Booker King
Booker King
Marc Kudisch
Marc Kudisch
Jeremy Kushnier
Jeremy Kushnier
Rayshun LaMarr
Rayshun LaMarr
John Lang
John Lang
Michael Lanning
Michael Lanning
Ted Louis Levy
Ted Louis Levy
Elijah Ahmad Lewis
Elijah Ahmad Lewis
Norm Lewis
Norm Lewis
Kim Lindsay
Kim Lindsay
Brad Little
Brad Little
John Jeffrey Martin
John Jeffrey Martin
Luba Mason
Luba Mason
Ray McLeod
Ray McLeod
William Michals
William Michals
MiG
Miss Emily
Miss Emily
Justin Mortelliti
Justin Mortelliti
James Moye
James Moye
Jarran Muse
Jarran Muse
James Musto
James Musto
David Nagy
David Nagy
Grant Norman
Grant Norman
Shannon O
Shannon O'Bryan
Susan O
Susan O'Dea
Irio O
Irio O'Farrill
Perry Orfanella
Perry Orfanella
Hugh Panero
Hugh Panero
Michael Park
Michael Park
Meredith Patterson
Meredith Patterson
Rebecca Pitcher
Rebecca Pitcher
Sammy Quinn
Sammy Quinn
Baron Raymonde
Baron Raymonde
Rob Ritchie
Rob Ritchie
Robert and Nicola Royston
Robert and Nicola Royston
Patti Russo
Patti Russo
Ivan Rutherford
Ivan Rutherford
Abraham Saenz
Abraham Saenz
Maximilian Sangerman
Maximilian Sangerman
Alex Santiorello
Alex Santiorello
Fiona Santos
Fiona Santos
Justin Matthew Sargent
Justin Matthew Sargent
Craig Schulman
Craig Schulman
Matthew Sims
Matthew Sims
Bill Stanley
Bill Stanley
T. Shyvonne Stewart
T. Shyvonne Stewart
Brett Stoelker
Brett Stoelker
Paige Strafella
Paige Strafella
Brandon Sturiale
Brandon Sturiale
Natalie Toro
Natalie Toro
John Treacy Egan
John Treacy Egan
Cartreze Tucker
Cartreze Tucker
Tony Vincent
Tony Vincent
Chuck Wagner
Chuck Wagner
Daniel Walker
Daniel Walker
Brian Walters
Brian Walters
Beverly Ward
Beverly Ward
Kirby Ward
Kirby Ward
David Weinstein
David Weinstein
Helen White
Helen White
Angela Wildflower
Angela Wildflower
Aurelia Williams
Aurelia Williams
Michael J. Wilson
Michael J. Wilson
Alex Wise
Alex Wise
David Wolfson
David Wolfson
Brook Wood
Brook Wood
Jason Wooten
Jason Wooten
Miss YaYa
Miss YaYa
Danny Zolli
Danny Zolli