Ben Vereen, well known to audiences for his Tony and Drama Desk winning performance in Pippin, as well as in Wicked, Chicago, Fosse and Jelly's Last Jam, and his celebrated portrayal of Chicken George in "Roots" will be making appearances in New Jersey this week.
Ben is the ultimate survivor and this year marks the 20th anniversary of Ben's near fatal car accident. He spent 7 months at the Kessler Rehabilitation Hospital in Orange, NJ and they taught him to walk, talk, and dance again. Ben has been touring the country, as well as playing a two week engagement in New York, of his new one-man show "Steppin' Out With Ben Vereen."
November 15 at 1pm
Broadway Lecture with Song
New Jersey Performing Arts Center/Victoria Theater
Spend an afternoon with the ultimate song-and-dance man. Two-time Tony Award winner Ben Vereen has been a fixture of American show business for over forty years, on Broadway (Pippin, Fosse, Jesus Christ Superstar), on television (as Chicken George in the classic Roots), and on the big screen (in Fosse's All That Jazz and in his Golden Globe-nominated performance in Funny Lady). He is also a recent inductee to the Theatre Hall of Fame and the winner of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Museum of Dance.
For tickets, priced at $49, visit www.njpac.org.
November 15th at 7-10pm
Rebuilding Lives After Hurricane Sandy: A Benefit for People With Disabilities
The Grove in Cedar Grove, NJ
People with disabilities have been impacted by Superstorm Sandy in many ways, losing their personal items such as wheelchairs and ramps to make their homes accessible to losing access to the help they need because the agencies that support the disability community have also been devastated by the storM. Kessler Foundation is dedicated to changing the lives of people with disabilities and this event will raise money that will directly benefit this community and make a difference.
Tickets are $50 in advance; $60 at the door. Individuals who are unable to attend may donate online.
To purchase tickets or make a donation, go to give.kesslerfoundation.org/sandybenefit. All proceeds will be donated to help rebuild the lives of people with disabilities whose needs are even greater since Hurricane Sandy
November 17th at 7:30pm
Steppin' Out with Ben Vereen at Kean University
For over 40 years, Vereen has showcased his versatility and creativity, not only through his numerous film and television appearances, but also his countless one-man shows around the world. His latest one-man show, Steppin' Out with Ben Vereen, is a song-and-dance musical tribute through his extraordinary career and life. This high-energy tribute to the music of Broadway, along with musical selections made famous by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr., is underscored by Vereen's intimate and fascinating stories from his life.
For tickets, priced from $35 - $55, visit enlowhall.kean.edu.