In a statement Vereen said, "The theater was my first training ground. It taught me discipline, dedication and appreciation of hard work and values that will stay with me a lifetime. The stage sharpens the creative instrument and encourages you to go deeper inside and try new things. It is a true honor to be the honorary chairman of the 2012 New York Musical Theatre Festival as I know first hand that sometimes all talented people need is a chance." Admission to the NYMF opening-night celebration is available only to NYMF members, patrons and participants.
Vereen will offer his concert act, Steppin’ Out With Ben Vereen, July 10-21 at 54 Below.
Memberships and single tickets for the 2012 New York Musical Theatre Festival are available at www.nymf.org, the NYMF Hub (330 W. 42nd Street) or by calling (212) 352-3101.