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May 5, 2009

BEN VEREEN FROM 'ROOTS' TO 'ALL THAT JAZZ'


(Pictured to the right: Ben Vereen. Courtesy Photo)


by Lee Hartgrave

May 5, 2009

BEN VEREEN

Song, Dance, Film, and Stage – He does it all

Ben Vereen has appeared in numerous Broadway theatre shows. He was nominated for a Tony Award for Jesus Christ Superstar in 1972 and he won a Tony for the musical ‘Pippin in 1973.

The all-around talented Vereen has also performed in a one-man show on black history. And of course, we all remember him in film roles like “Funny Lady” and “All That Jazz.” He will, of course always be remembered as “Chicken” George Moore in the huge Television series “Roots.”

If you take a trip to L.A. you will find Vereen’s handprints in front of the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios theme park. Now that your memory has been refreshed, I can’t wait to tell you that Vereen is going to be in San Francisco’s Rrazz Room at the Hotel Nikko.

The Talented and versatile entertainer will treat us to a wonderful evening of memorable songs, including songs that Sammy Davis Junior made famous. Vereen understudied Davis’s role in “Golden Boy” in London.

WHEN YOU GO: The Rrazz Room at the Hotel Nikko
Corner of Mason and O'Farrell.
Tonight at 8pm, Wed. thru Fri. 8pm. Sat. & Sun at 7pm.
www.therrazzroom.com

HOT NEWS FROM BUZZIN'S 'AIRWAVES EXCHANGE'

TONY NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED TODAY

BEST PLAY
"Dividing the Estate", ", 'reasons to be pretty", "33 variations' "God of Carnage".

BEST MUSICAL
"Billy Elliot" - the musical", "Next to Normal","Rock of Ages", "Shrek the Musical".

BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
"Guys and Dolls", "Hair", "Pal Joey", "West Side story".

CATCH THE FULL LIST ON www.beyondchron.org.

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