Ben Vereen steps out with Transcendence

Tony Award winner Ben Vereen will be part of the 2014 Transcendence Artist Series with his one-man show, “Steppin’ Out with Ben Vereen,” Saturday, Aug. 9, in the open-air Winery Ruins in Jack London State Historic Park.

The series of summer concerts is produced by the Transcendence Theatre Company, now home-based in Sonoma County, with a revolutionary agenda to use musical theater as a vehicle for transformation and positive social change. Most of the performances are presented in the park’s winery ruins with a portion of proceeds donated to underwrite park expenses.

Vereen’s one-man “Steppin’ Out” performance has been hailed around the world, with critics noting that despite two knee surgeries, the 67-year-old singer-dancer-actor still doesn’t miss a step.

Vereen has established ownership of several iconic Broadway roles, including Judas Iscariot in “Jesus Christ Superstar” (for which he received a Tony nomination) and as the lead in “Pippin,” for which he won the Tony and the Drama Desk Award for Best Actor in a Musical.

He also received an Emmy nomination for his role as Chicken George in the TV miniseries, “Roots,” and has appeared in countless other television series and episodes.

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