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Laurinburg-Born Ben Vereen Returns to NC With Career-Spanning Tribute to Broadway!

“Laurinburg-born Ben Vereen will be returning to the area to perform a tribute to Broadway at the High Point Theatre on Saturday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. “Steppin’ Out with Ben Vereen” will be a celebration of his 50-year career, including songs from “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Fosse “and more, along with a medley of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Elton John. This performance will feature an ASL Interpreter, Jeanette Lee, who is a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults). She is also Mrs. Sweden World 2022.” – The Laurinburg Exchange

Ben Vereen to Pay Tribute to Ann Reinking at Public Memorial

“A celebration of life will be held for the late Ann Reinking on March 20 at 1:30 p.m. The famed actor, dancer, choreographer and director passed away on Dec. 12, 2020, at the age of 71. The memorial is being organized by Bebe Neuwirth (who originated the role of Velma Kelly alongside Reinking’s Roxie), Caitlin Carter (the “Chicago” revival’s original dance captain) and Reinking’s husband Peter Talbert. It will feature tributes by James Naughton (the original Billy Flynn in the “Chicago” revival), Dylis Croman (who worked under Reinking on “Fosse”), Rob Fisher (“Chicago” musical director), Neuwirth and Ben Vereen (who also starred in “Fosse”).” – Broadway News

Sara Mearns Featured in Photographer Mark Mann’s New Book “Movement at the Still Point,” and Will Perform at Joyce Theatre Event

“This one-night only performance brings dancers off the pages of the newly released coffee table book Movement at the Still Point: An Ode to Dance and onto The Joyce stage to celebrate the power of expression, in movement and stillness.

Journey through a multi-disciplinary program of ballet, modern, tap, hip hop, contemporary, tango, and musical theater with stars from New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Broadway, Martha Graham Dance Company and more. This eclectic bill of world premieres and fan favorites capture the dynamism and the energy of mediums of both dance and photography.

At the depth of the COVID-19 pandemic, world-renowned celebrity portrait photographer Mark Mann turned his lens from luminaries such as Barack Obama, Jennifer Anniston, Bradley Cooper, Margot Robbie and Rhianna to the the top dancers in the New York City community… Movement at the Still Point: An Ode to Dance captures 142 artists whose impact and legacy span many generations and disciplines. Featuring photos of Misty Copeland, Andy Blankenbuehler, Tiler Peck, Chita Rivera, Sara Mearns, James Whiteside, Carmen De Lavallade, Kyle Abraham and many others, these photos show the true strength in beauty and resolve during a time of incredible uncertainty.” – Joyce Theatre


“Dazzling audiences throughout the United States, Steppin’ Out is a unique blend of artistry, combining a tribute to Broadway, Frank Sinatra, and a very special tribute to Sammy Davis Jr. The one-man show is a contemporary and timeless journey through the Broadway songbook. Ben promises an evening of song and dance, filled with entertainment and laughter, stories and inspiration!” – Click here for tickets!

Watch Ben Vereen Talk About His Upcoming Concert at Moraine Valley on WGN9 Chicago!

“Tony Award winner and proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Ben Vereen’s show is a unique blend of artistry, combining a tribute to Broadway, Frank Sinatra and a very special tribute to Sammy Davis Jr. “Steppin’ Out” with Ben Vereen is a contemporary and timeless journey through the Broadway songbook.” Click here to watch!

Ben Vereen Duets with Liza Minnelli at His Cabaret Show!

“…Liza Minnelli joined her long time friend and fellow Broadway legend Ben Vereen for a duet during his cabaret show, “Stepping Out,” at the Catalina Jazz Club in Los Angeles. The pair did a version of the tune “Quiet Love,” with Vereen singing on stage while Minnelli repeated the lyrics on a mic at her table. Minnelli also told the crowd about the first time she saw Vereen perform during a show by choreographer and director Bob Fosse, saying, “The first time I saw you on stage, I couldn’t breathe.” “I held [Fosse’s] hand so strongly . . . And I said, ‘What the hell? Where did you find this man?’” she recalled. At the end of the song, the crowd gave a standing ovation…” – Page Six