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Steppin’ Out With Ben Vereen
February 18 @ 8:00 pm
Few entertainers today are as accomplished or versatile as Ben Vereen. A Tony® and Drama Desk Award Winner for his role in Pippin, his legendary performances on stage and screen transcend time. Steppin’ Out with Ben Vereen is a unique blend of artistry, combining a tribute to Broadway, Frank Sinatra, and Sammy Davis, Jr. Filled with song and dance, stories of his life, and a great deal of humor, this performance brings together excerpts and memories from his long history in show business. Ben’s stage and screen credits include the unforgettable Chicken George in Roots, Top Five with Chris Rock, Time Out of Mind co-starring Richard Gere, as well as lead roles in Wicked, Chicago, Hair, Fosse, television’s How I Met Your Mother, Grey’s Anatomy, Hot in Cleveland, and much more. This year, he’ll star in a new movie version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Join Ben as he returns to Newlin Hall in an inspiring and enlightening evening of versatility and creativity!
PLUS, join us for these FREE public events with Ben Vereen on Friday, February 17:
Race in the Entertainment Industry
10:20 AM, Newlin Hall
In recognition of Black History Month, Ben will share details of his life as an African American performer. From being featured in the TV series Roots to originating historically black roles on Broadway and film, the audience will gain valuable insight into one actor’s life and struggles over the past half century.
From Blackface to Defying Gravity: The Ever-Evolving Life of Ben Vereen
7:00 PM, Newlin Hall
Few entertainers today are as accomplished or versatile as Ben Vereen, and his story is an inspiring one. He has performed at a Presidential Inauguration, endured the loss of his 16-year-old daughter, suffered his own physical impairments, and struggled with addiction. His successful comeback and a performer, earning roles in numerous movies and television shows still today, demonstrates his colorful, ever-evolving, and remarkable journey through life. This is Ben’s story, in his own words.
Ben Vereen has become one of the nation’s most requested motivational speakers, among audiences of all ages, on topics ranging from Overcoming Adversity, A trip down Broadway, Black history, Arts and Education, Substance Abuse, and the Art of Physical and Occupational Therapy to name a few of his topics.
Mr. Vereen has been inducted into both The Theatre Hall of Fame and the Dance Hall of Fame. Mr. Vereen performed for 100,000 people at the Washington Monument and he received the Broadwayworld.com Cabaret Award Best Celebrity Male Vocalist for his dazzling 2 week run at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Recently, Mr. Vereen led the American Athletes into the LA Coliseum for The Special Olympics, followed by participating in Producer Nigel Lythgoe’s event which introduced dance as a competition for the first time in the history of the Special Olympics. At the Dizzy Fest Foundation Gala, Mr. Vereen presented an award to George Chakiris and Russ Tamblyn the stars of West
Side Story. Mr. Vereen is proud to announce both the Ben Vereen Awards and the newly formed organization, Wellness Through the Arts, benefiting young people across America. He directed a
reimagined production of Hair at The Venice Theatre in Florida and next year, plans on returning to Broadway in the new musical, From Brooklyn to Broadway. Ben has recently Americans for the Arts, the largest advocacy group of the Arts in American and will be speaking at the Democratic Convention in July 2016.
“Mr. Vereen is an old-school song and dance man who never lets up. He wins you over with his sheer energy, good will and showbiz know-how.” – The New York Times
“Simply hearing the name Ben Vereen uttered invokes the magic and allure of Broadway. From originating key roles in Jesus Christ Superstar and Pippin to being a notable replacement in shows like Jelly’s Last Jam and Wicked, Vereen has called the stages of Broadway home for years. Therefore, it is no surprise that he commands an audience with charm and pizzazz, easily entertaining a full house at 54 Below with his new cabaret show Steppin’ Out.” – Broadway World
“The 65-years-young star is expending enough energy up there to power all of the Big Apple.” – TheaterMania
“Vereen blows onto the stage with a gale force ready to sweep the audience up, up and away.” – New York Daily News