Legendary Ben Vereen comes to OCCC

"Steppin' Out with Ben Vereen" Nov. 18, 2016

    (Published: 10-19-16)

Ben Vereen

Broadway, movie and television star Ben Vereen brings his show "Steppin' Out with Ben Vereen" to Oklahoma City Community College's (OCCC) Visual and Performing Arts Center (VPAC) Theater Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, at 8 p.m. as part of the 2016-2017 Performing Arts Series.

Ben Vereen's legendary performances transcend time and are woven into the fabric of this country's artistic legacy. Ben's performances onstage, screen and television continue to inspire and influence artists of all ages. Ben's artistic quality has always been fueled by a passion to channel the arts for a better world.

His journey has taken him to the Broadway stage where he starred in "Pippin" which garnered him both the prestigious Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He has also starred in "Wicked," "Hair," "Fosse," "Jesus Christ Superstar," and more. On the big screen, Ben can be seen in the movies "Sweet Charity," "Funny Lady," "All That Jazz," "Why Do Fools Fall in Love," and "The Zoo Gang."

This fall, Ben stars as Dr. Scott in the made for television movie "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" by Twentieth Century Fox. His memorable television roles that have stood the test of time include Chicken George in "Roots" and Louis Armstrong in "Louis Armstrong - Chicago Style."  Other television credits include "How I Met Your Mother," "Grey's Anatomy," "Hot in Cleveland," "NCIS," "House of Payne," "Law and Order: Criminal Intent," "Oz," "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "The Love Boat" and many, many more.

In February 2011, Ben released his CD "Steppin' out Live with Ben Vereen" and staged a triumphant return to Broadway with his concert "Ben Vereen on Broadway at Town Hall." Ben was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in January 2012 and the National Museum of Dance Hall of Fame in August 2012.

The 2016-2017 Performing Arts Series continues to provide spectacular performances all season long. The Koresh Dance Company will be the first performance of 2017 Tuesday, Jan. 24. "Defending the Caveman," the longest running solo play in Broadway history, will have three performances Feb. 10 & 11, 2017.

To purchase your individual or group tickets to "Steppin' Out with Ben Vereen," or any other performances, please choose from the following options:

• Online at tickets.occc.edu

• By calling the Cultural Programs department at (405) 682-7579

• In person at the Cultural Programs Box Office

For more information about the Performing Arts Series at Oklahoma City Community College, visit www.occc.edu/pas or call (405) 682-7576.

Oklahoma City Community College opened the doors to the 1,049-seat Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater in early 2014. It features a large atrium with three-story high windows, state-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment and will allow the college to host larger Broadway-style touring productions. The Visual and Performing Arts Center also houses an art gallery and academic center featuring a rehearsal room, library, six classrooms, seven studios, seven labs and faculty offices.

OCCC enrolls more than 20,000 students and has more than 90,000 participants in its various community programs annually. OCCC offers a full range of associate degree programs that prepare students to transfer to baccalaureate institutions while other degree and certificate programs prepare students for immediate employment. At OCCC, students receive a quality education with small class sizes, dedicated professors and leadership opportunities. Students can choose from more than 80 major fields of study and participate in any of the 40+ clubs and organizations. For more information about OCCC, visit www.occc.edu.