David Elder on "103 Years of Broadway"
Neil Berg’s "103 Years of Broadway" is nothing short of a love letter, taken from the lyrics of songs over the past 100 plus years on the stage. The production, which will be performed at the Balboa Theatre on Sunday, January 20 at 2:30 p.m., will feature Emcee, Producer and Music Director Neil Berg offering behind-the-scenes tidbits about The Great White Way and the numbers being performed.
The music from the past and present will be supplied by an all-star New York band, while the songs will be brought to life by five Broadway stars, including husband and wife duo Ron Bohmer and Sandra Joseph, Jeffrey Denman, Erin Denman and David Elder.
Elder is a song-and-dance man who has quite the Broadway resume, having appeared in a number of productions. They include: "Guys and Dolls," "Damn Yankees," "Beauty and the Beast," "Once Upon A Mattress," "Kiss Me Kate," "42nd Street" and "Curtains."
The Rage Monthly caught up with Elder via e-mail, who starred in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas as Phil Davis at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., to talk all things musical theater.
To what do you attribute audiences’ love of theater for over a century?
We all need an escape from our everyday lives and routines. That’s as true today as it was 100 years ago; it’s a live medium which intrinsically possesses an excitement potential that movies and television shows can’t offer. I also believe that there is this overriding possibility to witness the performance of a lifetime, only in theater, that perhaps changes your life forever.
Is there a particular play and or musical that you would cite as a favorite, both as an actor and a fan?
I would say the musical "Crazy For You" is a particular favorite of mine; as an actor, dancer, singer and a fan. I’ve done the show two times, playing the lead Bobby Childs and it’s chock-a-block full of what I love to do on stage. It’s a very fulfilling evening for the actor, because he is able to combine all of his talents into one distinct persona, including his comedic chops and it’s some of the greatest Gershwin music ever written. The female lead gets to sing her face off too.