About Ben Vereen
Who is Ben Vereen?
BEN VEREEN has performed in some of the most notable Broadway productions, television series, films and variety shows of our time. He recently finished filming Rocky Horror Picture Show for Twentieth Century Fox directed by Kenny Ortega. Ben also costarred w/ Richard Gere in the film Time Out of Mind (Variety Oscar Critic’s Pick*) and Top Five with Chris Rock. A Tony and Drama Desk Award winner for his renowned performance in Bob Fosse’s Pippin, Mr. Vereen’s Broadway credits include: Wicked, I’m Not Rappaport, Chicago, Hair, Fosse, Jelly’s Last Jam, Jesus Christ Superstar, and A Christmas Carol. Mr. Vereen completed a successful run in the world premiere of Fetch Clay, Make Man, directed by Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys) at the McCarter Theatre. Film: Time Out of Mind Idlewild, All That Jazz, Sweet Charity, Funny Lady (Golden Globe nomination), Why Do Fools Fall in Love, Once Upon a Forest. Television: The legendary television miniseries Roots, Hot in Cleveland, How I Met Your Mother (recurring), Grey’s Anatomy (Prism Award), Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, NCIS, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Hallmark’s An Accidental Friendship (NAACP nomination), Tenspeed and Brown Shoe, Louis Armstrong – Chicago Style, Ellis Island (Golden Globe Nomination), Anne Rice’s Feast of All Saints, Zoobilee Zoo and Star Trek – The Next Generation to name a few. Mr. Vereen continues to tour throughout the United States with his concert act, “Steppin’ Out with Ben Vereen.” In addition, he 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 signed with Americans for the Arts, the largest advocacy group of the Arts in American and will be speaking at the Democratic Convention in July 2016.
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