January 23, 2002 |
Compared to the versions previously seen on local stages, a very different edition of the Broadway musical "Fosse" comes to the PBS "Great Performances" series tonight. In its pre-Broadway tour and national company performances, "Fosse" was not only a tribute to the acclaimed choreographer and director who died in 1987, but also a restaging of his dances for a whole new generation of virtuosos.
May 19, 2000
Actor, singer and dancer Ben Vereen will be featured in the Norris Center for the Performing Arts' annual celebrity concert and gala Saturday at 8 p.m. in Rolling Hills Estates. The star of Broadway, television and film will headline the only fund-raising performance of the season, which supports all Norris Center programs, education and outreach activities.
March 18, 1997 |
"An opportunity to thank all the people who prayed for me" is the way Ben Vereen describes his concert tour "On Broadway!," with Leslie Uggams. And Vereen's performance Sunday night at the Wiltern Theatre, a climactic event in the 42-city excursion, did indeed have the feeling of reaching out and touching the audience, both musically and emotionally. It's been nearly five years since Vereen was seriously injured when he was struck by a truck while walking on Pacific Coast Highway.
February 23, 1996
Comedian Paula Poundstone and actor Ben Vereen will headline a benefit dinner at the Century Plaza Hotel Saturday for Vista Del Mar Child Family Services, a Los Angeles residential treatment facility for youngsters who have suffered abuse, neglect or abandonment. Tickets for the 6:45 p.m. event are $250, $350 and $500. Information: (310) 836-1223, Ext. 270.
April 10, 1993 |
Vereen Bows: Ben Vereen did not break a leg but he did stop the show with cheers as he took the Broadway stage in "Jelly's Last Jam" 10 months after he was nearly killed in a highway accident. Vereen's doctors and therapists were in the audience Thursday night, as were Mayor David Dinkins and a celebrity support group. Vereen plays the role of Chimney Man, a death figure who has an opening monologue, sings and performs various stylized movements.
April 4, 1993 |
The man lies on his back on the floor of a Manhattan dance studio, arms stretched out at his sides. His athletic trainer grasps his right leg and slowly presses it upward until it is nearly vertical. Sweat breaks out on the man's forehead and he winces audibly. The trainer presses farther. "Uncle?" asks the trainer, Marijeanne Liederbach. "Come on," he says, and Liederbach presses his leg past vertical and nearly into his chest. His face is etched with concentration and pain.