The more ambitious venture, the world premiere of a rock-style musical titled The 12, has its one-night-only debut at 8 p.m. Thursday in the larger Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Berg (at center in the photo) wrote the music and lyrics, and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan (The Kentucky Cycle author is pictured at left) crafted the book and additional lyrics to piece that is described as beginning "where Jesus Christ Superstar left off."
The 12tells the story of the apostles after Jesus' death. Broadway veterans in the cast include Ron Bohmer (at right in photo), Jeremy Kushnier and Lawrence Clayton. Each apostle has his own classic rock style, and among the performers in the concert-style premiere are former Anthrax guitarist Dan Spitz and singer Sophia Ramos, who plays Mary Magdelene.
Tickets for The 12are $25 to $55 and are available by calling 954-462-0222 or visiting the Broward Center's web site.
Ten days later, Berg and a Broadway-experienced cast take the stage at the Parker Playhouse, 701 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale, for two performances of Neil Berg's 101 Years of Broadway. The show roams through Broadway hits from such really diverse composers as Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Billy Joel, Leonard Bernstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jersey Boys' Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio. The show's featured performers are Carter Calvert, Rita Harvey, Ted L. Levy, Brad Little and Craig Schulman.
Performances of 101 Years of Broadway are at 2 and 8 p.m. April 10. Tickets are $34 to $49. Call the Broward Center box office (which handles Parker tickets) at 964-462-0222 or visit the Parker web site.