“This outstanding reunion between Roots stars Ben Vereen and Levar Burton was a lovely homage to their roles as Kunta Kinte and Chicken George in the groundbreaking miniseries of such wide acclaim. At Burton’s request, in the famous seventh season TNG episode ‘Interface,’ Vereen appeared as Commander Edward LaForge, father to Burton’s Geordi, informing the vaunted engineer via subspace channels that the ship which his mother was posted on had disappeared.
In fact, Vereen had been binging TNG episodes while in rehab recovery after an accident in 1992 and was thrilled to appear. This cameo was a bit more of a supporting role than a one-off, but such a respectful nod to pop culture legacy must be noted.” – ScreenRant
“[Pippin] meant Everything,” wrote Ben Vereen, who won a Tony Award for his performance as Leading Player. “I worked with great artists and it became a legendary piece to the public and continues today throughout the world. I had the incredible opportunity to work with Bob Fosse, Stephen Schwartz , Roger Hirson the writer, Jules Fisher, Tony Walton, John Rubinstein, Irene Ryan, Ann Reinking, Candy Brown to name a few.” – Music Theatre International
“Liza Minnelli arrived with Ben Vereen, a Tony award-winning actor for his 1973 performance of Leading Player in “Pippin,” who arrived in a matching red tracksuit. Both Minnelli and Vereen were invited by Wayne Brady, comedian, actor and Emmy Award-winning peformer Wayne Brady from “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” in support of his daughter’s final performance.” – The LA Loyolan
“On Thursday, October 9, First Responders Children’s Foundation (FRCF) held its first in-person West Coast event at the London West Hollywood hotel to announce the launch of a new mental health program. Special guests included Broadway legend Ben Vereen, star of ABC’s Station 19 Danielle Savre, as well as up-and-coming recording artist Harper Grae.” – Yahoo
“”It was from a guy named Tony!” Broadway legend Ben Vereen has kept his first Tony Awards nomination letter to this day, but reveals to Kelly that he didn’t even know what they were at the time. While sharing more about his early days in Broadway and NYC, Ben also reflects on his defining role as Chicken George in “Roots,” which inspired a personal trip to Gambia to witness the origins of the slave trade.” – The Kelly Clarkson Show; click here to watch the full interview!
Suzanne Marques sits down with Broadway legend Ben Vereen to discuss the Sidney Poitier Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Black Theatre Festival, his storied career, and more. Click here to watch the video!
“Ben Vereen got emotional when he spoke after being honored with the Sidney Poitier Lifetime Achievement Award and receiving a standing ovation, saying he was at a loss for words for the first time. ‘Thank you. This is truly an honor to be here,’ Vereen said. ‘This is my first time at the festival…’ He told the gala attendees that ‘you, we’ tell stories. ‘The stories must continue. We must keep the stories alive. We must keep the Black theater culture alive.'” – The Winston Salem Journal
“The legendary, multi-talented Ben Vereen will received the Sidney Poitier Lifelong Achievement Award. For over three decades, the National Black Theatre Festival has attracted celebrities and audiences from far and wide to join together and celebrate what has been described as Black Theatre Holy Ground. The National Black Theatre Festival opens Monday, August 1st, and will continue through August 6th at various venues throughout Winston-Salem.” Yes Weekly.Click here for more information on the festival!