Few entertainers today are as accomplished as Ben Vereen. He won a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award in the 1972 Broadway debut of Pippin, has starred in such musicals as Jesus Christ Superstar, Fosse, Hair, Jelly’s Last Jam, Chicago, Wicked, and I’m Not Rappaport, to name a few. He is best known for films Sweet Charity and All That Jazz, and for the Emmy Award winning iconic role of Chicken George in Roots. He guest-starred in the CBS television series Bull and Magnum PI; multiple episodes on FOX’s Star; co-starred in Bryan Cranston’s Sneaky Pete for Amazon; co-starred in The Rocky Horror Picture Show; with Richard Gere in Time Out of Mind; and in Top Five with Chris Rock. Ben will star in the television pilot Midas, where everything he touches turns to gold. He continues to give motivational speeches and concerts around the country.
During the pandemic, Ben performed with the NYPD Jazz orchestra for their Gala. Earlier this year, Ben directed and performed in “Virtual Vereen and Friends,” which benefited Care For the Homeless. He has participated in multiple performances for the Actor’s Fund, including the Rosie O’Donnell show, OnStage At Home with Frank DiLella, and he introduced the Antonyo Awards. He appeared on ABC’s “Harlem Serves Up,” and performed for Bay Street Theater’s Starry Night Gala to name a few.
After performing for 100,000 people at the Washington Monument in celebration for 4th of July, Ben was inducted in to both The Theatre Hall of Fame and the Dance hall of Fame and received New York City’s best cabaret artist. It is an honor to be associated with Bay Street.