He’s a nimble-footed stage legend whose transcendent talent and versatility have propelled him to excel in roles ranging from “Judas” in Jesus Christ Superstar to a mesmerizing Tony Award-winning performance in Pippin and onto television in the iconic role of “Chicken George” in Alex Haley’s “ Roots. And, with a career that spans more than 40 years, singer, actor, and dancer Ben Vereen isn’t settling down anytime soon. He returns his revered one-man show Steppin Out With Ben Vereen to Feinstein’s/54 Below on January 25-30.
Vereen is currently touring the show with stops throughout the United States, Europe, and Abu Dhabi. Stepping Out is billed as “a unique blend of artistry, combining a tribute to Broadway, Frank Sinatra, and a very special tribute to Sammy Davis Jr.” During the performance, audiences are treated to classics such as “Defying Gravity,” “Mr. Bojangles,” “For Good” from Wicked and “Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries.”
Vereen first performed the show at 54 Below in 2012 to rave reviews. Stephen Holden of the N.Y. Times commented that Vereen is “an old-school song and dance man who never lets up. He wins you over with his sheer energy, good will and showbiz know-how. The excitement he generates is what matters.”
Ben Vereen’s Performs at 54 Below in 2012
Vereen won a Tony and Drama Desk Award winner for his show-stopping performance in Bob Fosse’s Pippin. He also was nominated for a Tony Award for his role as “Judas” in Jesus Christ Superstar. His other Broadway credits include Wicked, I’m Not Rappaport, Chicago, Hair, Fosse, Jelly’s Last Jam, and A Christmas Carol.
Vereen’s television guest appearances include How I Met Your Mother, Grey’s Anatomy (for which he won the Prism Award), Hot in Cleveland, NCIS, House of Payne, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, OZ, Star Trek – The Next Generation, The Jamie Foxx Show, and Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
All performances begin at 7:00pm and doors open at 5:15pm. Tickets can be purchased here.