By Jen Roupe
The Hillman Center for Performing Arts at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh is thrilled to welcome Tony Award-winning Broadway icon Ben Vereen for a one-night-only engagement in Steppin’ Out Live With Ben Vereen on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. The Hillman Center is located on the Shady Side Academy Senior School campus at 423 Fox Chapel Road, Fox Chapel.
General admission tickets for the show are $45 and $60. VIP tickets are $115 and include orchestra seating and the chance to meet Vereen at a special VIP post-show reception. Purchase tickets online at www.thehillman.org or by calling the Hillman Center Box Office at 412-968-3040.
The one-man show Steppin’ Out Live With Ben Vereen is a unique blend of artistry, combining a tribute to Broadway, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr., and featuring hit songs such as Defying Gravity, Mr. Bojangles, For Good and Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries. The performance is filled with song and dance, stories of Vereen’s life, and a great deal of humor.
Few entertainers today are as accomplished or versatile as Vereen. His legendary performances transcend time and have been woven into the fabric of this country’s artistic legacy. On Broadway, he’s appeared in Wicked, Fosse, I’m Not Rappaport, Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Pippin, Grind, Jelly’s Last Jam and A Christmas Carol. His role in Pippin garnered him both a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for Best Actor in a Musical. For more than 40 years, he’s performed countless one-man shows throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. While performing worldwide, his acting credits include memorable roles that stand the test of time, such as the unforgettable Chicken George in Roots and Louis Armstrong in Louis Armstrong – Chicago Style. Vereen’s many TV guest appearances 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 Jamie Foxx Show and Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. In 2011, he released the CD Steppin’ Out Live With Ben Vereen and staged a triumphant return to Broadway. Learn more at www.benvereen.info.
The Hillman Center for Performing Arts, established in 2004, is one of Western Pennsylvania’s newest cultural venues. Its flagship offering, the Hillman Performing Arts Series, presents programs of excellence that represent Pittsburgh’s cultural traditions while celebrating global artistic innovation. Special emphasis is placed on family-friendly programming. Learn more at www.thehillman.org.
Shady Side Academy is a nationally respected private school in Pittsburgh for boys and girls in grades pre-kindergarten through 12, with an optional boarding experience in high school. Three age-specific campuses with extraordinary resources, teachers who actively mentor, a forward-thinking curriculum, a diverse and inclusive community, and a legacy of alumni accomplishments all inspire Shady Side students to high achievement in academics, the arts and athletics, and to meaningful ambitions in life. Learn more at www.shadysideacademy.org.