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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`Chicago’ will go on in San Jose

Dec 02

American Musical Theatre of San Jose announced Dec. 1 that it was ceasing operations effectively and that its slate of upcoming shows, both self-produced and touring, were canceled. A call today from the press office of the touring musical Chicago refutes that claim, and a press representative said that the show will go on as planned and that other producing...

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