Few entertainers today are as accomplished or versatile as Ben Vereen. His legendary performances transcend time and have been woven into the fabric of this country’s artistic legacy. His first love and passion is and always will be the stage.
Meet Ben Vereen
On Black History
All Stars 2011 Gala Benefit
Steppin’ Out Live with Ben Vereen
Ben Vereen is currently touring his one man show, Steppin’ Out with Ben Vereen, dazzling audiences throughout the United States. Ben’s show is a unique blend of artistry, combining a tribute to Broadway, Frank Sinatra, and a very special tribute to Sammy Davis Jr. Featuring songs such as “Defying Gravity,” “Mr. Bojangles,” “For Good” from Wicked and “Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries,” Steppin’ Out with Ben Vereen 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!
Learning to Live Again: Ben’s Story of Rehabilitation
After suffering an accident so severe that it nearly took his life, entertainer Ben Vereen required intense physical and occupational therapy to learn to walk, talk, sing, and even live again. In an inspiring and motivating presentation, Vereen share his personal journey and the importance of the rehabilitation he received. He imparts a message of hope, conveying to audiences that, without the help of a dedicated team of doctors, nurses, and physical and occupational therapists, he would not be performing today – or living his life to the fullest.
Special Topics for Black History Month
- From There to Now: African Americans in the Civil War. Actor and keynote speaker Ben Vereen discusses the roles African Americans played in the Civil War, where these soldiers came from, and how they managed to survive – not only in the army, but as black Americans in a tumultuous time.
- Black History in Youth. Vereen explores the past and the present, discussing the youth of the black history movement.
- Holding On to Our Heritage. In schools today there is a lack of black history, claims Ben Vereen. Join him as he poses the question, “How do we hold on to our heritage?”
- Who Are We Now? Vereen opens up an honest dialogue, asking, “How did we go from being ‘colored’ to being a ‘negro’ to being ‘black’ to being ‘African American’?”
- From Roots to Now. Ben Vereen, who played “Chicken George” in the iconic miniseries Roots, talks about history through the lens of shooting Roots as well as through the scope of where black history is today.
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"It’s always pleasant to spend time in the company of a survivor, a pro, and a performing prince. Ben Vereen is all three."
"He’s charming, funny and intense, and he makes a strong connection with his audience… He’s a large-scale performer and brings theater-size pizzazz with him wherever he goes."
"Warmth, humor, happiness and schmaltz – the good kind – poured from the veteran singer, actor and dancer."
"Ben Vereen's performance at The Town Hall was a lesson in performance energy, a tour de force. Without a single synthesizer, with no voice tuner, with only an acoustic band, Vereen displayed shocking innovation. The lasting impression was of a man who loves life, wants you to love life, and has mastered both his medium and his message. "
"The class was STUNNING. Ben arrived, sat down, looked the kids in the eyes and opened up his heart. When he worked with two singers, he was able to move them to a completely new territory in emotionally connecting with the material. Their voices, minds and hearts soared and the audience of about 200 were in tears. Thank you again ever so much. A few of ours including some staff got to the show on Saturday night and raved. Thanks for bringing him into town!"
"I can’t even begin to tell you how moving Ben Vereen’s presentation was, and what the energy was in the room—it was great. I have heard from several guests saying how pleased they were, and that having Ben as part of the event made it more than an “event,” but a real experience. All of these individuals that have contacted me have also made a gift to the Foundation, so they heard the message and understand the need. Needless to say, it was a huge success and I cannot thank you for the part you played in making this happen."
"He was wonderful, funny, inspirational, and sang Impossible Dream at the end. Our folks loved him!"