NEAL BENARI (Boris Thomashefsky) has been a professional actor and singer for over 30 years and has numerous stage, film and television credits. He has appeared on Broadway eight times, most recently David Leveaux’s revival of Fiddler on the Roof. Other Broadway appearances include Disney’s Aida, Blake Edwards’ Victor/Victoria starring Julie Andrews, Sir Peter Hall’s The Merchant of Venice, Chess, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Roza, and The First. He can also be heard on the Broadway cast recordings of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Chess.
Benari has worked extensively in regional theaters and on national tours. He recently played the title character in Ken Ludwig’s hilarious farce Lend Me A Tenor, Zuniga in Franco Dragone’s “pop” adaptation of Carmen at the La Jolla Playhouse, and Don Quixote/Cervantes in the Maltz Jupiter Theater production of Man of La Mancha (nominated for a Carbonell award.) On tour he has played the villainous Zoser in Disney’s Aida, Captain Von Trapp opposite Marie Osmond in The Sound of Music, Thenardier in Les Misérables, and the piano-playing Sidney Cohn in On Your Toes, directed by George Abbott.
His film and television credits include appearances on The Sopranos, And the Band Played On, Sea of Love with Al Pacino, various episodes of Law and Order, The Trials of Rosie O’Neill, Mathnet, The Equalizer, and Sidney Lumet’s 100 Centre Street.
Neal Benari is very pleased to be able to reprise the role of Boris Thomashefsky in Michael Tilson Thomas’ The Thomashefskys. For more credits and information visit Neal’s website at www.nealbenari.com.