Ben Vereen Coming to Petrolia

Exciting news announced by Victoria Playhouse in Petrolia:  Tony Award winner and Emmy nominee Ben Vereen has joined the company of What A Wonderful World, running June 9 to 28, 2015, on the VPP stage.  Vereen is a celebrated theatre performer with a career spanning over 50 years. He was nominated for a Tony Award for Jesus Christ Superstar in 1972 and won a Tony and Drama Desk Award in 1973 for his performance in Pippin.  From 2005 to 2006, he appeared as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in Broadway’s Wicked.  Vereen is also a celebrated television performer, who earned Emmy Award nomination for the TV miniseries Roots in1977.  He also played Will Smith’s biological father on Fresh Prince of Bel-­‐Air and had a recurring role on How I Met Your Mother.  Ben remains the consummate actor, singer, and all around entertainer with a storied and legendary career. Ben Vereen

What A Wonderful World, the creation of VPP co-artistic director, David Rogers, is a concert-style show of uplifting and inspiring music.  Ben Bereen will be joined on stage by Rebecca Poff, Jake Stern, and Jen Walls.  The show will feature a 10-piece show choir, along with the Starbight Band led by Mark Payne.

“I’ve have always been a huge fan of Ben Vereen and I am so excited that a talent of his magnitude and phenomenal showmanship will be leading the show,” says David Rogers.

What a Wonderful World runs June 9 to 28, 2015.

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