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.
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.