Ben Vereen

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   Ben Vereen (born October 10, 1946) is an American actor, dancer, and singer who has appeared in numerous Broadway theatre shows. Vereen graduated from Manhattan's High School of Performing Arts.

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All That Jazz (1979)

Joe Gideon is at the top of the heap, one of the most successful directors and choreographers in musical theater. But he can feel his world slowly collapsing around him - his obsession with work has almost destroyed his personal life, and only his bottles of pills ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Fosse
CAST:  Roy Scheider  •  Jessica Lange  •  Leland Palmer  •  Ann Reinking

Joe Gideon is at the top of the heap, one of the most successful directors and choreographers in musical theater. But he can feel his world slowly collapsing around him - his obsession with work has almost destroyed his personal life, and only his bottles of pills ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Fosse
CAST:  Roy Scheider  •  Jessica Lange  •  Leland Palmer  •  Ann Reinking

Idlewild (2006)

A musical set in the Prohibition-era American South, where a speakeasy performer and club manager Rooster must contend with gangsters who have their eyes on the club while his piano player and partner Percival must choose between his love, Angel or his obligations ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bryan Barber
CAST:  André 3000  •  Paula Patton  •  Terrence Howard  •  Faizon Love

A musical set in the Prohibition-era American South, where a speakeasy performer and club manager Rooster must contend with gangsters who have their eyes on the club while his piano player and partner Percival must choose between his love, Angel or his obligations ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bryan Barber
CAST:  André 3000  •  Paula Patton  •  Terrence Howard  •  Faizon Love

Once Upon a Forest (1993)

A young mouse, mole and hedgehog risk their lives to find a cure for their badger friend, who's been poisoned by men.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Grosvenor
CAST:  Michael Crawford  •  Ben Vereen  •  Ellen Blain  •  Benji Gregory

A young mouse, mole and hedgehog risk their lives to find a cure for their badger friend, who's been poisoned by men.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Grosvenor
CAST:  Michael Crawford  •  Ben Vereen  •  Ellen Blain  •  Benji Gregory

Why Do Fools Fall In Love (1998)

In the mid-80s, three women (each with an attorney) arrive at the office of New York entertainment manager, Morris Levy. One is an L.A. singer, formerly of the Platters; one is a petty thief from Philly; one teaches school in a small Georgia town. Each claims to be ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregory Nava
CAST:  Vivica A. Fox  •  Lela Rochon  •  Halle Berry  •  Larenz Tate

In the mid-80s, three women (each with an attorney) arrive at the office of New York entertainment manager, Morris Levy. One is an L.A. singer, formerly of the Platters; one is a petty thief from Philly; one teaches school in a small Georgia town. Each claims to be ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregory Nava
CAST:  Vivica A. Fox  •  Lela Rochon  •  Halle Berry  •  Larenz Tate

Funny Lady (1975)

1930s in New York – The famous singer Fanny Brice has divorced her first husband Nicky Arnstein. During the depression she has trouble finding work as an artist but meets Billy Rose, a newcomer who writes lyrics and owns his own nightclub.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Barbra Streisand  •  James Caan  •  Omar Sharif  •  Roddy McDowall

1930s in New York – The famous singer Fanny Brice has divorced her first husband Nicky Arnstein. During the depression she has trouble finding work as an artist but meets Billy Rose, a newcomer who writes lyrics and owns his own nightclub.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert Ross
CAST:  Barbra Streisand  •  James Caan  •  Omar Sharif  •  Roddy McDowall

Night of 100 Stars (1982)

The most glittering, expensive, and exhausting videotaping session in television history took place Friday February 19, 1982 at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The event, for which ticket-buyers payed up to $1,000 a seat (tax-deductible as a contribution to the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clark Jones
CAST:  Jane Alexander  •  Peter Allen  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Steve Allen

The most glittering, expensive, and exhausting videotaping session in television history took place Friday February 19, 1982 at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The event, for which ticket-buyers payed up to $1,000 a seat (tax-deductible as a contribution to the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clark Jones
CAST:  Jane Alexander  •  Peter Allen  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Steve Allen

Gas-s-s-s ! (1970)

A gas is let loose upon the world that kills anyone over 25 years old.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roger Corman
CAST:  Bud Cort  •  Talia Shire  •  Elaine Giftos  •  Ben Vereen

A gas is let loose upon the world that kills anyone over 25 years old.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roger Corman
CAST:  Bud Cort  •  Talia Shire  •  Elaine Giftos  •  Ben Vereen

The Cheryl Ladd Special (1979)

A TV musical special starring Cheryl Ladd and her guest stars in various musical numbers and vignettes.  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  Cheryl Ladd  •  Ben Vereen  •  Waylon Jennings  •  Melanie Griffith

A TV musical special starring Cheryl Ladd and her guest stars in various musical numbers and vignettes.  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  Cheryl Ladd  •  Ben Vereen  •  Waylon Jennings  •  Melanie Griffith

Feast of All Saints (2001)

Set in nineteenth-century New Orleans, the story depicts the gens de couleur libre, or the Free People of Colour, a dazzling yet damned class caught between the world of white privilege and black oppression.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Medek
CAST:  Robert Ri'chard  •  Peter Gallagher  •  Gloria Reuben  •  Jennifer Beals

Set in nineteenth-century New Orleans, the story depicts the gens de couleur libre, or the Free People of Colour, a dazzling yet damned class caught between the world of white privilege and black oppression.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Medek
CAST:  Robert Ri'chard  •  Peter Gallagher  •  Gloria Reuben  •  Jennifer Beals

Pippin (1982)

The musical uses the premise of a mysterious performance troupe, led by a Leading Player, to tell the story of Pippin, a young prince on his search for meaning and significance. In 1981, a stage production of Pippin was videotaped for Canadian television. The stage ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Sheehan
CAST:  Ben Vereen  •  William Katt  •  Martha Raye  •  Chita Rivera

The musical uses the premise of a mysterious performance troupe, led by a Leading Player, to tell the story of Pippin, a young prince on his search for meaning and significance. In 1981, a stage production of Pippin was videotaped for Canadian television. The stage ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Sheehan
CAST:  Ben Vereen  •  William Katt  •  Martha Raye  •  Chita Rivera

I'll Take You There (1999)

A woman forces a man to move forward with his life after his wife dumps him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adrienne Shelly
CAST:  Ally Sheedy  •  Reg Rogers  •  Lara Harris  •  Alice Drummond

A woman forces a man to move forward with his life after his wife dumps him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adrienne Shelly
CAST:  Ally Sheedy  •  Reg Rogers  •  Lara Harris  •  Alice Drummond

Tapioca (2009)

An insane homeless guy turns the world upside down for a blowhard. Tapioca is a funny, raunchy romp, a quirky, comic tale of redemption starring Broadway legend Ben Vereen (Roots), Tim Kazurinsky (Saturday Night Live), Greg Hollimon (Strangers With Candy) and a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paddy Houlihan
CAST:  Mike Houlihan  •  Ben Vereen  •  Paddy Houlihan  •  Noel Bax

An insane homeless guy turns the world upside down for a blowhard. Tapioca is a funny, raunchy romp, a quirky, comic tale of redemption starring Broadway legend Ben Vereen (Roots), Tim Kazurinsky (Saturday Night Live), Greg Hollimon (Strangers With Candy) and a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paddy Houlihan
CAST:  Mike Houlihan  •  Ben Vereen  •  Paddy Houlihan  •  Noel Bax

The Kid Who Loved Christmas (1990)

A sweet, poignant story about young Reggie (Trent Cameron), an orphan who is just about to be adopted by a jazz musician (Michael Warren) and his wife (Vanessa Williams). Tragically, right as the adoption is almost done, Williams dies in a car accident and a social ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arthur Allan Seidelman
CAST:  Trent Cameron  •  Cicely Tyson  •  Michael Warren  •  Sammy Davis Jr.

A sweet, poignant story about young Reggie (Trent Cameron), an orphan who is just about to be adopted by a jazz musician (Michael Warren) and his wife (Vanessa Williams). Tragically, right as the adoption is almost done, Williams dies in a car accident and a social ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arthur Allan Seidelman
CAST:  Trent Cameron  •  Cicely Tyson  •  Michael Warren  •  Sammy Davis Jr.

The Zoo Gang (1985)

A former boxer known as Old Leather Face opens a nightclub called the Zoo, which does not do a good business. A group of homeless teenagers want to rent the place and start what they hope will be a profitable business, but a gang threatens to shut it down. Old ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pen Densham  •  John Watson
CAST:  Jason Gedrick  •  Eric Gurry  •  Jackie Earle Haley  •  Tiffany Helm

A former boxer known as Old Leather Face opens a nightclub called the Zoo, which does not do a good business. A group of homeless teenagers want to rent the place and start what they hope will be a profitable business, but a gang threatens to shut it down. Old ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pen Densham  •  John Watson
CAST:  Jason Gedrick  •  Eric Gurry  •  Jackie Earle Haley  •  Tiffany Helm

Buy & Cell (1989)

Herbie Altman is framed for Stock fraud by his boss when the SEC starts investigating his company. Sent to prison, he helps a fellow inmate successfully invest his money. Soon all the inmates want his help. To manage all the money, he forms CON INC. and runs it ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Boris
CAST:  Robert Carradine  •  Randall 'Tex' Cobb  •  Malcolm McDowell  •  Roddy Piper

Herbie Altman is framed for Stock fraud by his boss when the SEC starts investigating his company. Sent to prison, he helps a fellow inmate successfully invest his money. Soon all the inmates want his help. To manage all the money, he forms CON INC. and runs it ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Boris
CAST:  Robert Carradine  •  Randall 'Tex' Cobb  •  Malcolm McDowell  •  Roddy Piper

The Charmkins (1983)

The Charmkins is a television film based on an early 1980s toyline by Hasbro, which was broadcast on October 25, 1983.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Richardson
CAST:  Ben Vereen  •  Aileen Quinn  •  Sally Struthers  •  Ivy Austin

The Charmkins is a television film based on an early 1980s toyline by Hasbro, which was broadcast on October 25, 1983.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Richardson
CAST:  Ben Vereen  •  Aileen Quinn  •  Sally Struthers  •  Ivy Austin

Accidental Friendship (2008)

Homeless woman Yvonne Caldwell is a woman with good reason to be bitter: she has lost everything except her two beloved dogs, Bebe and Man-Man. With her one friend, Wes, Caldwell lives the daily struggle of being homeless in Los Angeles until a chance encounter ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Don McBrearty
CAST:  Chandra Wilson  •  Kathleen Munroe  •  Ben Vereen  •  Gabriel Hogan

Homeless woman Yvonne Caldwell is a woman with good reason to be bitter: she has lost everything except her two beloved dogs, Bebe and Man-Man. With her one friend, Wes, Caldwell lives the daily struggle of being homeless in Los Angeles until a chance encounter ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Don McBrearty
CAST:  Chandra Wilson  •  Kathleen Munroe  •  Ben Vereen  •  Gabriel Hogan

Sweet Charity (1969)

Taxi dancer, Charity continues to have faith in the human race despite apparently endless disappointments at its hands, and hope that she will finally meet the nice young man to romance her away from her sleazy life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Fosse
CAST:  Shirley MacLaine  •  John McMartin  •  Ricardo Montalban  •  Sammy Davis Jr.

Taxi dancer, Charity continues to have faith in the human race despite apparently endless disappointments at its hands, and hope that she will finally meet the nice young man to romance her away from her sleazy life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Fosse
CAST:  Shirley MacLaine  •  John McMartin  •  Ricardo Montalban  •  Sammy Davis Jr.

And Then Came Love (2007)

Successful New York journalist and single mom Julie Davidson's (Vanessa Williams) six-year old son Jake (Jeremy Gumbs) is acting up, so she finds his sperm-donor father Paul Cooper (Kevin Daniels), who's a struggling actor and law-school drop-out.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Schenkman
CAST:  Kevin Daniels  •  Michael Boatman  •  Jeremy Gumbs  •  Eartha Kitt

Successful New York journalist and single mom Julie Davidson's (Vanessa Williams) six-year old son Jake (Jeremy Gumbs) is acting up, so she finds his sperm-donor father Paul Cooper (Kevin Daniels), who's a struggling actor and law-school drop-out.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Schenkman
CAST:  Kevin Daniels  •  Michael Boatman  •  Jeremy Gumbs  •  Eartha Kitt

The Jesse Owens Story (1984)

The Jesse Owens Story is a biographical film about the black athlete Jesse Owens. Dorian Harewood plays the Olympic gold-winning athlete. The drama won a 1985 Primetime Emmy Award and was nominated for two more.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Irving
CAST:  Dorian Harewood  •  Dan Ammerman  •  Tom Bosley  •  Georg Stanford Brown

The Jesse Owens Story is a biographical film about the black athlete Jesse Owens. Dorian Harewood plays the Olympic gold-winning athlete. The drama won a 1985 Primetime Emmy Award and was nominated for two more.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Irving
CAST:  Dorian Harewood  •  Dan Ammerman  •  Tom Bosley  •  Georg Stanford Brown
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