Monday, 24 August 2009

Ben Vereen ”Ben Vereen”

Ben Vereen

”Ben Vereen”
( LP Buddah Records, 1976 )
Catalog # BDS 5680


Tracklisting:
Guess You Know Me Girl
By Your Side
You And I
I’ll Keep My Light In My Window
Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)
Stop Your Half Steppin’ Ma Ma
What’s The Reason

Info:
Ben Vereen (born October 10, 1946, in Miami, Florida) is a Tony Award-winning, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominated American actor, dancer, and singer who has appeared in numerous Broadway theatre shows. Vereen graduated from Manhattan’s High School of Performing Arts. He was nominated for a Tony Award for Jesus Christ Superstar in 1972 and won a Tony for his appearance in Pippin in 1973. Vereen starred in the Broadway musical, Wicked, as the Wizard of Oz (and was originally considered for the role of the Scarecrow in The Wiz), replacing former Wizard George Hearn on May 31, 2005. He was replaced by tour Wizard David Garrison on April 4, 2006. In 1985, he played the lead in the Broadway production of “Grind” and the Tony-nominating committee eliminated the entire Best Actor in a Musical category because according to their rules, there were no other leading actors in musicals on Broadway.
In addition to his work in the theatre, he toured with people across the country such as Tony Ventura, son of Charlie Ventura. He has also starred in numerous television programs and films. Notable film roles include song-and-dance men in Funny Lady and All That Jazz. He appeared on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air episode, “Papa’s Got a Brand New Excuse”, in which he played Will Smith’s biological father. He starred in the television series, Tenspeed and Brown Shoe, but is probably best known for his role as “Chicken” George Moore in Roots and possibly as Commander Edward M. La Forge, father of Geordi La Forge, on Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1993.
Other TV appearances include:
* Oz
* Faerie Tale Theatre
* The Jamie Foxx Show
* The Love Boat
* The Muppet Show
* The Nanny
* Touched by an Angel
* Webster
* Zoobilee Zoo
Vereen has also performed in one-man shows and actively lectures on black history and inspirational topics.
In 1992, he was accidentally struck while walking on the Pacific Coast Highway by a car driven by producer/composer David Foster.

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