Nine Questions

Scott Berg

Scott Berg is the director and co-star of the Red Barn Theatre Company's production of How to Talk Minnesotan, returning to the venue at 948 N. Main Ave. The musical comedy, runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through April 7. For more information, call 887-6239 or visit

What was the first concert you attended?

Chuck Mangione and REO Speedwagon (in Madison, Wis.). They were both the same year, but I can't remember which came first.

What are you listening to these days?

I'm not a big radio person. If you get in my car, it's usually the soundtrack of the show that I'm doing.

What was the first album you owned?

I believe it was Kiss' Destroyer. They had another album that came out in 1974, but I think I picked up Destroyer first, then went back and picked up the other one. When my dad saw the album cover, he was like, "What are you listening to?!"

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love that you just don't get?

The Gangnam thing ... I don't even know if I'm saying that right.

Which musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Pink Floyd. A friend turned me on to watching some of the album films... I've become a fan about 30 years later than everyone else did.

Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?

ABBA. Enough said.

What song would you like to have played at your funeral?

One of my favorite, favorite songs of all time is "Bring Him Home" from Les Mis. ... it'd have to be the original Broadway recording.

What band or artist changed your life and how?

This is going to sound so corny: Back when I was in high school... Barry Manilow was very big. Watching him, he was such a showman. I can't really say it changed my life, but I think it helped solidify my desire to perform.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Born to Sing by Phyllis Diller. When I lived in L.A. I had the opportunity to work for her for a couple years. ... She had some of the original demo albums left up in her office, so she autographed one for me.

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