Monday, July 02, 2012

Ben Vereen: Steppin' Out Live

"It's hard to stop the fiery tour de force that is Ben Vereen. Recently seen introducing a production number for Jesus Christ Superstar on the Tony Awards telecast -- the man starred in a 'JCS' back in the '70s -- the quintessential performer nabbed Tony and Drama Desk awards for his breathtaking work in Pippin nearly 40 years ago, and later went on to charm television audiences in Roots and Ben Vereen: His Roots (which garnered seven Emmys). Although he's turned heads in numerous screen and stage works since, Vereen is suddenly jazzed about a new venture, something that's taking him back to the place where, he says, his career officially took flight: San Francisco. ... The show, which runs June 12-17, is slated to hit New York City later this summer -- a CD of the same name has also been released. Think of the new outing as a high-energy tribute to the music of Broadway. There are a number of musical selections made famous by Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr., among others, but audiences will also hear Vereen perform other classics such as ... 'Mr. Bojangles' [and] 'Defying Gravity,' that latter of which comes from all that he absorbed after appearing in Wicked in the mid-2000s" (Greg Archer, "Ben Vereen," Huffington Post, 6/13/12).

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