About Ben Vereen
“The theater was my first training ground. It taught me discipline, dedication and appreciation of hard work and values that will stay with me a lifetime. The stage sharpens the creative instrument and encourages you to go deeper inside and try new things.”
Emmy and Tony Award-winner Ben Vereen is loved by millions around the globe. His legendary performances transcend time and have been woven into the fabric of this country’s artistic legacy. From Broadway`s Chicago to television`s Roots (in which he created the unforgettable Chicken George) to his triumphant return to the stage in the hit musicals Jelly`s Last Jam and A Christmas Carol, he has proven himself one of the world`s most talented and versatile performers. Vereen is also known for training and mentoring such performers as Outkast, Big Boi, and Usher.
Although he has had many film and television roles, it is on stage that Vereen has made his biggest impact as a performer. His live theater credits include Wicked, Fosse, I’m Not Rappaport, Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Pippin, Grind, Jelly’s Last Jam and A Christmas Carol. His role in Pippin garnered him both the prestigious Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award for “Best Actor in a Musical.” Clive Barnes of the New York Post stated, “Ben Vereen – unquestionably one of the finest performances seen on Broadway.” Ben headlined with Chita Rivera in Chicago, the first Broadway production to play Las Vegas.