Ben Vereen and a sweet, happy life

Jun 08

Ben Vereen and a sweet, happy life

When you call Ben Vereen's mobile phone, you get a most entertaining voicemail message. It's Chita Rivera singing, "My wish for you is a sweet, happy life." Then a cheerful Vereen says that's his wish for you as well. It's such an uplifting message that by the time you hear the beep, you realize you don't really miss talking to the man himself.

But then you get the man himself, and he proves to be even more cheerful than that message. At 65, and after a car accident in 1992 that would have sidelined just about anyone else, Vereen is a man on the move, a man with a plan. He's bringing his show Steppin' Out with Ben Vereen to the Rrazz Room June 12-17. Next month he'll play the newly opened 54 Below, the cabaret underneath the former nightclub (now legit Broadway theater) Studio 54. Then he goes to Australia, and after that, it's Broadway, baby. At least that's the plan. Vereen is hard at work on the show he's call in The Last of the Showmen, and that's really what he is.

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Cabaret review: Ben Vereen

May 06

Legendary performer Ben Vereen sang standards and songs from Broadway in his Rrazz Room show. Photos by Isak Tiner   Kick, kick, turn and SING! Ben Vereen does the cabaret thing«««« Toward the end of his exhilarating show at San Francisco’s gorgeous Rrazz Room, Ben Vereen was musing on the state of the world and trying to find something positive to...

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Ben Vereen coming to SF

May 15

Tony Award-winning performer Ben Vereen is spending this Saturday night (May 17) in Kanbar Hall at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco with a self-explanatory show called An Intimate Evening with the Legendary Ben Vereen. Vereen made his New York stage debut at age 18 in Prodigal Son and shortly after landed in Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar and Pippin (which...

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