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By TaNoah V. Sterling and TaNoah V. Sterling,Sun Staff Writer | February 9, 1995
There's a gift Ben Vereen gives to students across the country in his lectures. He calls it "keys to overcoming adversity."Last night, he delivered that gift to an audience at Anne Arundel Community College in "Life Is Good," his traveling lecture series on triumph over trouble."
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2011
Ben Vereen didn't miss his calling. He was born to be an actor, singer and dancer, and he has enjoyed considerable success in the entertainment business for at least 40 years. But it seems that he would have been just as well cut out for an entirely different career — motivational speaker. "A lot of my friends are not here, but I'm still here," Vereen said by phone from Los Angeles, the words coming in rapid-fire fashion. "I lost a daughter. I got hit by a car and was pronounced dead.
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February 9, 1994
Actor/singer Ben Vereen, who recovered from a near-fatal accident in California in 1992 to return to the Broadway stage, will deliver an inspirational lecture about overcoming adversity tonight in Frederick.The star, who played the Chimney Man in the Broadway hit "Jelly's Last Jam," will appear at 7:30 p.m. at the Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St. Tickets range from $10 to $25. (Call 301-694-8585.)"He will not only discuss how he overcame his own adversities, but the prayer he admonishes every day to continue to be a successful person," says publicity material for the event.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | April 8, 2007
Roots, the ABC miniseries based on Alex Haley's novel about his family's ancestry, not only changed the face of television when it premiered in 1977, it also radically altered the culture in ways that are still being felt today - 30 years later. TV One, the Maryland-based cable channel seen in 36.6 million homes and targeted to African-American viewers, tonight will mark the anniversary with the first of six evenings of Roots. The miniseries will be accompanied by vignettes about the impact of Roots and appearances by cast members including LeVar Burton, Louis Gossett Jr., Richard Roundtree, Leslie Uggams and Ben Vereen.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | January 26, 2002
It isn't just the old-age makeup, Coke-bottle eyeglasses or gray hair and full beard that make Ben Vereen's transformation in I'm Not Rappaport so remarkable. It's the tentative way he moves, the tremor in his hand, the squint in his eye, the sandpaper in his voice. Granted, Vereen's co-star, Judd Hirsch, re-creating his 1986 Tony Award-winning role, is the actor most closely associated with Herb Gardner's play, currently at Ford's Theatre in Washington. But Vereen's performance is a revelation.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | April 8, 2007
Roots, the ABC miniseries based on Alex Haley's novel about his family's ancestry, not only changed the face of television when it premiered in 1977, it also radically altered the culture in ways that are still being felt today - 30 years later. TV One, the Maryland-based cable channel seen in 36.6 million homes and targeted to African-American viewers, tonight will mark the anniversary with the first of six evenings of Roots. The miniseries will be accompanied by vignettes about the impact of Roots and appearances by cast members including LeVar Burton, Louis Gossett Jr., Richard Roundtree, Leslie Uggams and Ben Vereen.
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By Eric Siegel | August 18, 1991
Ben Vereen, Rita Rudner scheduled to perform in 'Lifesongs 0) '91' AIDS benefitTony Award-winning entertainer Ben Vereen will highlight "Lifesongs 1991," a benefit concert Sept. 28 at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall to support the Health Education Resource Organization.Organizers are hoping to raise more than $200,000 from the fourth annual event to benefit HERO's AIDS education and service programs, according to spokeswoman Cami Colarossi. Last year's event netted $158,000 for HERO, she said.Besides Mr. Vereen, who won a Tony for his role in "Pippin," the "Lifesongs" lineup will include comedienne Rita Rudner and the troupe of "Forbidden Broadway," a comedy revue which lampoons some of Broadway's best-known shows and stars.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 13, 2003
For a musical about a historical figure, Pippin has very little to do with history. What composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz did was to use the story of Pippin, son of medieval Europe's great emperor Charlemagne, as a means of exploring questions more redolent of our modern search for meaning. In this 30-year-old Broadway show, now in production at Colonial Players of Annapolis, Pippin (called Pepin in linguistically correct textbooks) is an addlebrained youth out to find transcendent meaning in his life.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2011
Ben Vereen didn't miss his calling. He was born to be an actor, singer and dancer, and he has enjoyed considerable success in the entertainment business for at least 40 years. But it seems that he would have been just as well cut out for an entirely different career — motivational speaker. "A lot of my friends are not here, but I'm still here," Vereen said by phone from Los Angeles, the words coming in rapid-fire fashion. "I lost a daughter. I got hit by a car and was pronounced dead.
ENTERTAINMENT
By J. Wynn Rousuck | January 24, 2002
`I'm Not Rappaport' returns to the stage A star-studded revival of I'm Not Rappaport, Herb Gardner's 1986 Tony Award-winning play about a pair of senior citizens sharing a bench in Central Park, opens tonight at Ford's Theatre in Washington. Judd Hirsch re-creates his Tony-winning role as Nat, a cantankerous radical, and Ben Vereen plays mild-mannered Midge, an apartment superintendent. A co-production with Coconut Grove Playhouse in Florida and Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey, Rappaport reunites the show's original director, Dan Sullivan; set designer, Tony Walton; and lighting designer, Pat Collins.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 13, 2003
For a musical about a historical figure, Pippin has very little to do with history. What composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz did was to use the story of Pippin, son of medieval Europe's great emperor Charlemagne, as a means of exploring questions more redolent of our modern search for meaning. In this 30-year-old Broadway show, now in production at Colonial Players of Annapolis, Pippin (called Pepin in linguistically correct textbooks) is an addlebrained youth out to find transcendent meaning in his life.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | January 26, 2002
It isn't just the old-age makeup, Coke-bottle eyeglasses or gray hair and full beard that make Ben Vereen's transformation in I'm Not Rappaport so remarkable. It's the tentative way he moves, the tremor in his hand, the squint in his eye, the sandpaper in his voice. Granted, Vereen's co-star, Judd Hirsch, re-creating his 1986 Tony Award-winning role, is the actor most closely associated with Herb Gardner's play, currently at Ford's Theatre in Washington. But Vereen's performance is a revelation.
NEWS
By TaNoah V. Sterling and TaNoah V. Sterling,Sun Staff Writer | February 9, 1995
There's a gift Ben Vereen gives to students across the country in his lectures. He calls it "keys to overcoming adversity."Last night, he delivered that gift to an audience at Anne Arundel Community College in "Life Is Good," his traveling lecture series on triumph over trouble."
FEATURES
February 9, 1994
Actor/singer Ben Vereen, who recovered from a near-fatal accident in California in 1992 to return to the Broadway stage, will deliver an inspirational lecture about overcoming adversity tonight in Frederick.The star, who played the Chimney Man in the Broadway hit "Jelly's Last Jam," will appear at 7:30 p.m. at the Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St. Tickets range from $10 to $25. (Call 301-694-8585.)"He will not only discuss how he overcame his own adversities, but the prayer he admonishes every day to continue to be a successful person," says publicity material for the event.
FEATURES
By Eric Siegel | August 18, 1991
Ben Vereen, Rita Rudner scheduled to perform in 'Lifesongs 0) '91' AIDS benefitTony Award-winning entertainer Ben Vereen will highlight "Lifesongs 1991," a benefit concert Sept. 28 at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall to support the Health Education Resource Organization.Organizers are hoping to raise more than $200,000 from the fourth annual event to benefit HERO's AIDS education and service programs, according to spokeswoman Cami Colarossi. Last year's event netted $158,000 for HERO, she said.Besides Mr. Vereen, who won a Tony for his role in "Pippin," the "Lifesongs" lineup will include comedienne Rita Rudner and the troupe of "Forbidden Broadway," a comedy revue which lampoons some of Broadway's best-known shows and stars.
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June 19, 2003
COMING UP Learn all about Maryland's maritime history at the grand opening of the Fells Point Maritime Museum, 1724 Thames St., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The museum, which showcases rare artifacts and paintings from the Maryland Historical Society's maritime collection, will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays-Mondays. Free admission to the grand opening. Regular admission is $4; $3 students, children and seniors; free for ages 12 and under. Call 410-732-0278. NOW OR NEVER Ben Vereen closes out the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's SuperPops program with performances today through Sunday at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. The actor-singer-dancer is scheduled to perform songs from his theatrical career, which includes such musicals as Fosse, Chicago and Pippin.
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By Sloane Brown | December 17, 2000
The easiest way to fill Towson University's Towson Center? Have Shirley Howard, founder and president of the Children's Cancer Foundation, throw a fund-raiser. More than 1,000 friends and supporters of the organization packed the building to enjoy a gourmet dinner and show by entertainer Ben Vereen. With many of the guests from the food industry, you knew it would be a boffo banquet. The gustatory gratification began at the cocktail reception, with hors d'oeuvres like Peking duck and New Zealand baby lamb chops.
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