Western Carolina University will present Neil Berg’s “101 Years of Broadway” on Friday, April 19. The concert will take place in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center starting at 7:30 p.m.
The performance, part of WCU’s Galaxy of Stars Series, re-creates some of the biggest moments from the finest shows of the century, including “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Misérables,” “Evita,” “Cats,” “Wonderful Town,” “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” The cast is made up of Mandy Gonzalez, William Michaels, Rita Harvey, Danny Zolli, and Rob Evan.
According to San Francisco’s KABC-AM 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.”
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 Players Theater in New York City. He is currently writing the music for the Broadway-bound musical “Grumpy Old Men,” based on the hit film.
Berg’s “100 Years of Broadway” staged at WCU in 2012 and received a wonderful response from the audience, said Paul Lormand, director of the Bardo Arts Center. “Why am I bringing them back? Because they are fantastic!” Lormand said.
Presented by the WCU College of Fine and Performing Arts and with support from the WCU Friends of the Arts organization, the Galaxy of Stars Series debuted in 2005 and is the only professional entertainment series in Jackson County. The performance of “101 Years of Broadway” caps the 2012-13 season and is sponsored by Holiday Inn Express in Dillsboro and Fun Things to Do in the Mountains.
Ticket prices for “101 Years of Broadway” are $20 for adults and seniors; $15 for faculty and staff; $10 for groups of 20 or more; and $5 for children and students. To purchase tickets, or for more information, contact the Bardo Arts Center box office by phone at 828-227-2479 or online at bardoartscenter.wcu.edu.