Get to Know Neil Berg


Neil Berg, Creator of "50 Years of Rock & Roll" took time out of his touring schedule to answer a few questions about his passions beyond music and why he loves coming to the Fox Cities. 

The shutdown impacted the theater and touring industries greatly. What did you do to stay inspired during that time away from the stage?
  • I got in shape, started playing tennis for the first time and got addicted to it, spent incredible quality time with my wife and son, and I wrote and composed every day! Got so much done, and have so much music and stories to share!
What are your hobbies and passions away from music?
  • Baseball, walking/running, tennis, family, old movies on TCM, finding great pizza and seeing as much theater and bands as possible (even though it’s my vocation). 😀 
If you were not in the entertainment industry, what would your profession be?
  • I probably would’ve ended up being a professor at a University somewhere. And coaching baseball!
You were co-owner for many years of the SJR Theater Workshop, a theater camp for students in Montvale, NJ. Why is it important for young people to experience the arts?
  • My motto is the “theater skills are life skills”. I’ve seen so many young peoples lives change for the better by getting involved with theater. To be able to get in front of people with confidence is an incredible skill that doing theater can help with. Also, theater is a great team “sport” where you make so many great friends, but you also learn about responsibility, trust, dependability, and being an important piece of something that is greater than just you. And also you don’t need to be a great singer to do well as a participant in theater. That’s just one aspect. You can also learn to be a writer, lighting/costume designer, Director, Musical Director, PSM, communicator, creator, listener and expand your mind with creativity that helps in whatever field you end up going into.

Finish the sentence…

  • I can’t travel without my …
    • NY Times Crossword puzzles, Dr. Neil’s nasal rinse, and the current score I’m writing
  • The first thing I do in a new city is …
    • Check out on the internet what & where the best restaurants are that serve food after the show
  • The song stuck in my head after a performance of 50 Years of Rock and Roll is …
    • I Want to Hold Your Hand, Piece of my Heart and We are the Champions
  • The thing I missed most about performing live for audiences during the shutdown was …
    • There is nothing like a great live audience  and the immediate “high” you get from their energy & response
  • When we booked the tour for a stop in Appleton, my first thought was …
    • Minor League Baseball. Let me explain, I went to college to play baseball, and one of my best friends on my team, Dan Tauken, ended up pitching in Appleton when Duke Simms was the manager for the White Sox minor-league farm team.
  • Anything else you’d like to say to our audience … 
    • Get ready to rock! I've played Appleton before (GREAT AUDIENCES), as well as Summerfest in Milwaukee many times in the past 25 years (with Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan), and I know that Wisconsin audiences LOVE their rock ‘n’ roll!  We are bringing some of the very best rock ‘n’ roll singers/entertainers in the country, with a story that everyone knows and loves!  This show was made for Wisconsin and they are going to love it! Can’t wait!
Tickets for Neil Berg's 50 Years of Rock & Roll makes a stop at the Center on April 27. Tickets are on sale now.
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