Ben Vereen Has 'Magic to Do' in Broadway's Fosse, Jan. 26-April 1

News   Ben Vereen Has 'Magic to Do' in Broadway's Fosse, Jan. 26-April 1 Broadway's Fosse will get a burst of midwinter heat when Ben Vereen, a favorite actor-dancer of the late choreographer Bob Fosse, joins the cast for 10 weeks, beginning Jan. 26.
Ben Vereen.
Ben Vereen.

Broadway's Fosse will get a burst of midwinter heat when Ben Vereen, a favorite actor-dancer of the late choreographer Bob Fosse, joins the cast for 10 weeks, beginning Jan. 26.

Vereen, who won a Tony Award as the Leading Player in Fosse's staging of Pippin and had a featured part in Fosse's autobiographical film, "All That Jazz," will stay with the company through April 1, during the period when Broadway shows see a slump in sales due to cold weather. Vereen's presence at the Broadhurst Theatre is likely to heat up the already warm box office for the revue, which won the 1999 Best Musical Tony Award.

Ben Vereen will head a cast of 32 dancers, featuring Eugene Fleming, Dana Moore, Elizabeth Parkinson, Keith Roberts and Scott Wise, all performing Fosse's great — and lesser-known — musical numbers from his stage, film and television hits.

Vereen won the Tony Award for his work in Pippin, in which he played the slightly whimsical, slightly menacing Leading Player, who sang "Magic to Do."

He recently played Billy Flynn in the Fosse-style revival of Chicago, in Las Vegas. He made headlines when he survived a near-fatal accident and went on to appear in Broadway's Jelly's Last Jam. He also appeared in Broadway's original Jesus Christ Superstar and Grind, and the Madison Square Garden production of A Christmas Carol. His official website is at www.BenVereen.com. It is thought Vereen will take songs usually sung by the female narrator in the show, who sings "Bye Bye Blackbird" and "Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries," among others, but that could not be confirmed, as his role in the show is still being ironed out. The musical is not expected to be modified otherwise, a spokesperson said.

Tickets are $35-$85. The Broadhurst is at 235 W. 44th Street. For ticket information, call (212) 582-1200.