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San Diego Will be STEPPIN' OUT WITH BEN VEREEN This August

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The Cooper Company and Martinis Above Fourth | Table + Stage are pleased to present one of North America's greatest entertainers performing his popular stage show, Steppin' Out With Ben Vereen for two nights, at Martinis Above Fourth on August 7 & 8 at 8pm. Tickets are on sale now and are available at MA4SD

Few entertainers today are as accomplished or as versatile as Ben Vereen. His legendary performances transcend time and have been woven into the fabric of this country's artistic legacy. His first love and passion is and always will be the stage. On Broadway, Ben Vereen starred in Pippin, Wicked, Fosse, I'm Not Rappaport, Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, 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".

Also a force in film and television; Mr. Vereen's most recent credits include Amazon TV series 'Sneaky Pete' produced by David Shore and Bryan Cranston, now in its second season, 20th Century Fox's 'Making History' and 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show', as well as 'Time Out of Mind' where he starred alongside Richard Gere. Other film credits include 'Sweet Charity,' 'All That Jazz,' 'Funny Lady' (Golden Globe nomination), 'Why Do Fools Fall In Love,' amongst many others. On television, his memorable character Chicken George created a veritable cultural tidal wave in the landmark television series 'Roots'.

Steppin' Out with Ben Vereen is an evening filled with song, dance, stories, and humor that takes you on a journey through Broadway with some of the greats of our time including Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. The show features hit songs such as 'Magic to Do' from Pippin, 'Defying Gravity' and 'For Good' from Wicked and 'Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries'. The show won the prestigious Cabaret award after playing New York's 54 Below in the spring of 2015. He returned to 54 Below in January of 2016 and November 2016 to sold out audiences and rave reviews.

Ben Vereen is now in the Theatre and Dance Hall of Fame and is now considered one of our nation's most popular motivational speakers. Last year he joined American for the Arts, the largest arts organization in the country advocating for the advancement of the arts and art education.

In addition to his estimable artistic career, Ben Vereen has devoted considerable time and energy to numerous nonprofit organizations. He has served on the boards of Ballet Florida, the American Red Cross and the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Association. Ben's most recent endeavor is Wellness Through the Arts, a program which allows kids, especially ones who may not have access to the arts, a chance to explore how they can express and heal themselves through art, and each year culminates in a competition which awards scholarship money to the winner. In 1989, he launched his own organization, Celebrities for a Drug-Free America, which raised funds for drug rehabilitation centers, educational programs and inner-city community-based projects. In recognition of his humanitarian contributions, Vereen received the Community Mental Health Council's 2004 Lifeline Celebration Achievement Award, Israel's Cultural and Humanitarian Award, the NAACP Image Award and the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award.

Steppin' Out With Ben Vereen plays Martinis Above Fourth | Table + Stage August 7 & 8 at 8pm. Tickets are on sale now and are available at ma4sd.com/shows

For more information on Ben Vereen visit www.benvereen.info

Photo Credit: Walter McBride / WM Photos


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