BEN VEREEN has performed in some of the most notable Broadway productions, television series, dramas and variety shows of our time including ROOTS, the most successful mini series to date. Currently, Ben is filming ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW for Twentieth Century Fox directed by Kenny Ortega. Recently, Ben co-starred with Chris Rock in Paramount Studios’ feature film TOP FIVE and with Richard Gere in the film TIME OUT OF MIND, which first premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Ben is currently developing his one man show for Broadway written by Joe Calarco with music composed by Stephen Schwartz, probably the greatest contemporary composer of our time. In addition, CBS Sunday Morning is producing a profile on Ben. This Spring, the Ben Vereen Awards will take place, an honor for Ben, where he continues to inspire and teach our youth.
A Tony and Drama Desk Award winner for his renowned performance in Bob Fosse’s Pippin, Ben’s Broadway credits include: Wicked, I’m Not Rappaport, Chicago, Hair, Fosse, Jelly’s Last Jam, Jesus Christ Superstar, and A Christmas Carol. In 2010, Ben completed a successful run in the world premiere of Fetch Clay, Make Man, directed by Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys at the McCarter Theatre. Film: 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, How I Met Your Mother (recurring), NCIS, Betty White’s Hot In Cleveland, Grey’s Anatomy (Prism Award), Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, 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.
Ben continues to tour through the United States with his concert act, “Steppin’ Out with Ben Vereen”. The show ran a sold out run at New York City’s 54 Below this Spring. He was also spokesperson for the Sanofi campaign for preventative and proactive measures for Diabetes. On January 30th, 2012, Ben was inducted in to The Theatre Hall of Fame. In addition, Ben performed for 100,000 people at the Washington Monument on July 4th. Ben received the Broadwayworld.com Cabaret Award for Best Celebrity Male Vocalist for his dazzling 2 week run at 54 Below. In May of 2013, Ben received his honorary degree from the LaGuardia School of Performing Arts. In addition, he has become one of the nation’s most requested speakers, among audiences of all ages, on topics ranging from Black history, arts and education, and overcoming adversity.
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