Date of Birth: November 14, 1951 (67)

Birth Place: Kansas City, MO, USA
BWW Review: There's Only One BEN VEREEN:  STEPPIN' OUT at The Catalina Bar & GrillBWW Review: There's Only One BEN VEREEN: STEPPIN' OUT at The Catalina Bar & Grill
by Valerie-Jean Miller - Aug 20, 2018

'Razzle Dazzle 'Em' is what Ben does, innately; it's in his blood, it's in his soul. 'Steppin' Out' signifies going beyond what you have achieved thus far. Ben Vereen is an Evolved Entity that shares his evolutional journey with us, delightedly so... on both sides!! This past Saturday evening, I had the great pleasure to see Ben Vereen perform at the Catalina Bar & Grill. When I first heard where he would be, I wondered why he chose a Jazz Club. Now I know why. Ben Vereen not only has decades of hit Broadway Shows, TV Series, Nightclub Acts, Awards and Accolades to his repertoire, but from that he has still kept his initial joy and exuberance in performing, yet taken his showmanship to another level. (more...)

BWW Feature: Bob Fosse's DANCIN' Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary and Cast Reunion at the Dancers Over 40 EventBWW Feature: Bob Fosse's DANCIN' Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary and Cast Reunion at the Dancers Over 40 Event
by Valerie-Jean Miller - Apr 14, 2018

As a way of introducing myself as the new DANCE REVIEWER for Broadway World L. A., I am reporting on an historic event in which I participated at St. Luke's Theatre on March 26th, 2018 in NYC: the 40th-year anniversary and reunion of the cast members of the opening of Tony Award-Winning Bob Fosse's DANCIN' on Broadway at The Broadhurst Theatre on March 27, 1978. (more...)

Bebe Neuwirth Hosts DANCERS OVER 40 Reunion Of Original Cast Of DANCINBebe Neuwirth Hosts DANCERS OVER 40 Reunion Of Original Cast Of DANCIN
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2018

Tony Award-winning actress BEBE NEUWIRTH will host the 40th Anniversary and reunion of the original cast of Bob Fosse's DANCIN' on March 26th at 7 PM at St. Luke's Theatre, 308 West 46th Street, NYC. The evening, presented by Dancers Over 40, will feature members of the original Broadway cast as well as others that joined the show during the run. Ms. Neuwirth appeared in DANCIN' during the final four months of the Broadway engagement. (more...)

Bob Fosse's DANCIN' Original Cast Members to Hold Panels to Celebrate 40th AnniversaryBob Fosse's DANCIN' Original Cast Members to Hold Panels to Celebrate 40th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2018

DANCIN' opened on Broadway on March 27, 1978 and ran for four years, and was Bob Fosse's only all-dancing and all-singing musical. To mark this historic event, Dancers Over 40 will assemble a spectacular 'once-in-a-lifetime' panel of original cast members almost exactly to the day of their 1978 debut - March 26, 2018, 7pm at St. Luke's Theater, 308 West 46th Street. (more...)

Photo Flash: Paula Abdul, Dick Van Dyke and More at Professional Dancers Society's 2016 Gypsy Awards
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

The Professional Dancers Society's (PDS) Gypsy Awards Luncheon, honoring singer, dancer and choreographer Paula Abdul, legendary entertaineráDick Van Dyke, and famed choreographers Kevin Carlisle and Carl Jablonski, took place on April 24, 2016 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. BroadwayWorld has photos from the event below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: PIPPIN, THE MUSICAL Magic, Razzle Dazzle Under the Big Top!
by Bryan-Keyth Wilson - Oct 24, 2015

The circus is in town and I ain't talking about Barnum & Bailey! The national tour of the 2013 revival of PIPPIN made its way to the Bayou City and I'm hippopotamusly happy to see this tour! When creative geniuses such as Bob Fosse and Stephen Schwartz are at the helm of the original material, there's no denying that a musical theatre maven such as myself would be overzealous. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: Guys and Dolls in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl
by Audra Stafford - Aug 6, 2009

The production played 3 nights - July 31, August 1 and August 2 to cheering crowds, but the crazy part is - the final dress is done at 10am, in broad daylight and is open to the public, as the venue is a county-owned facility. People showed up in droves, for the run-through and cheered on the actors, the Hollywood Bowl orchestra and conductor Kevin Stites, who you will see is wearing a black, casual shirt for the rehearsal. The show's director, Richard Jay-Alexander, made a brief speech before the run, welcoming everybody, and in this exclusive footage, I was also able to catch him, in his dressing room, before the Opening Night performance. (more...)

Photo Flash: 'GUYS & DOLLS In Concert ' at the Hollywood Bowl Part 2
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2009

If you're on the Internet today, it's all abuzz with last night's debut of what appears to be a dazzling production of Guys & Dolls in Concert at the legendary Hollywood Bowl. Weekend attendees will list like a 'who's who' of Hollywood and theatre folk. Lots of stars and celebrities have already attended, as well as industry insiders. Abe Burrows' daughter, Laurie Burrows Grad, with her husband Peter, visited rehearsals and Jo Loesser will be attending as well - with MTI head honcho Freddie Gershon. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Jessica Biel Talks About Hollywood Bowl 'DOLLS'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2009

Big screen star is hard at work in rehearsals for the upcoming Hollywood Bowl production of beloved musical 'GUYS AND DOLLS' this summer. The young star talked to ABC7 News about her Hollywood Bowl stage debut in this special adaptation of the Tony-award winning musical. (more...)

Photo Flash: 'GUYS & DOLLS In Concert ' Part 1
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2009

If you're on the Internet today, it's all abuzz with last night's debut of what appears to be a dazzling production of Guys & Dolls in Concert at the legendary Hollywood Bowl. Weekend attendees will list like a 'who's who' of Hollywood and theatre folk. Lots of stars and celebrities have already attended, as well as industry insiders. Abe Burrows' daughter, Laurie Burrows Grad, with her husband Peter, visited rehearsals and Jo Loesser will be attending as well - with MTI head honcho Freddie Gershon. (more...)

'GUYS & DOLLS In Concert ' at the Hollywood Bowl Begins Performances 7/31
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2009

Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jessica Biel, Scott Bakula, Ellen Greene, and Beau Bridges star in Guys and Dolls in concert at the Hollywood Bowl. There will be three performances only, Friday and Saturday July 31 and August 1 at 8:30 pm and Sunday, August 2 at 7:30 pm. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Bakula On Hollywood Bowl 'GUYS AND DOLLS'
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2009

Scott Bakula has been preparing for the upcoming Hollywood Bowl production of beloved musical 'GUYS AND DOLLS', which begins performances tonight. The actor dropped by 'Good Day LA' to talk about this special adaptation of the Tony-award winning musical. (more...)

Photo Flash: 'GUYS & DOLLS In Concert ' at the Hollywood Bowl - First Day Of Rehearsal!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2009

Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jessica Biel, Scott Bakula, Ellen Greene, and Beau Bridges star in Guys and Dolls in concert at the Hollywood Bowl. There will be three performances only, Friday and Saturday July 31 and August 1 at 8:30 pm and Sunday, August 2 at 7:30 pm. (more...)

BC/EFA Offers Guys And Dolls Hollywood Bowl Auction In Honor Of Extraordinary EBay Packages
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2009

In honor of the first anniversary of 'Extraordinary EBay' packages, Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) is proud to announce an online auction item that 'lady luck' is sure to be smiling on. We've got the horse right here! (more...)

RIALTO CHATTER: Biel Headed To A New York Stage?
by Rialto Chatter - May 19, 2009

Might Jessical Biel be headed to a New York stage? The actress, soon appearing at the Hollywood Bowl in a concert version of 'GUYS AND DOLLS', indicated her interest in a recent interview with People Magazine. (more...)

Jessica Biel Training Her Vocal Muscles for Upcoming Hollywood Bowl 'GUYS and DOLLS'
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2009

WENN reports that big screen star Jessica Biel is hard at work taking 'secret' singing lessons so she can hit those high notes in the upcoming Hollywood Bowl production of beloved musical 'GUYS AND DOLLS' this summer. (more...)

Beau Bridges Joins Cast of Hollywood Bowl GUYS AND DOLLS July 31 - Aug 2
by BWW - May 7, 2009

Beau Bridges, one of America's best-known actors, joins Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jessica Biel, Scott Bakula, and Ellen Greene in Guys and Dolls in concert at the Hollywood Bowl. There will be three performances only, Friday and Saturday July 31 and August 1 at 8:30 pm and Sunday, August 2 at 7:30 pm. Bridges will play Arvide Abernathy, and sings 'More I Cannot Wish You,' an audience favorite from the Frank Loesser score, which includes some of the most popular songs of the era including 'I'll Know,' 'A Bushel and Peck,' 'If I Were A Bell,' 'Guys and Dolls,' and 'Luck Be a Lady.' (more...)

Photo Flash: Behind the Scenes of 'Guys and Dolls' in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2009

When Frank Loesser wrote the music and lyrics for Guys and Dolls - a Musical Fable of Broadway he may not have envisioned an outdoor production at an iconic venue nestled in the Hollywood Hills, but the all-star cast of Guys and Dolls in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl will sing and dance beneath those 'stars in the sky' in an original, fully-staged production especially adapted for the Hollywood Bowl stage. BroadwayWorld is excited to bring you 'behind the scenes' with these photos from the recent Los Angeles auditions. (more...)

Ellen Greene Completes Starry Hollywood Bowl GUYS & DOLLS Casting
by BWW - Apr 22, 2009

Guys and Dolls in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl is a one-of-a-kind production by the same creative team behind last summer's Les MisÚrables in Concert, led by director Richard Jay-Alexander, with choreography by Tony award-winner Donna McKechnie and musical direction by Kevin Stites, conducting the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. (more...)

Photo Coverage: L.A.'s 24th Annual STAGE Benefit
by James Sims - Mar 15, 2008

AIDS Project Los Angeles received nearly $350,000 from the 24th annual Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event (S.T.A.G.E.), celebrating the music of composer Burt Bacharach, on March 8 and 9 at the Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills... (more...)

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