PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Ben Vereen

Cue and A   PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Ben Vereen
 
Ben Vereen — currently starring in the McCarter Theatre world premiere of Fetch Clay, Make Man — fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop culture tidbits.
Ben Vereen
Ben Vereen


Full given name: Benjamin Augustus Vereen
Hometown: Brooklyn
Zodiac sign: Libra
Audition song: “I'm Gonna Live Till I Die”
Special skills: Diving
First Broadway show ever saw: Sweet Charity
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? My Fair Lady with Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews
Current show you have been recommending to friends: Memphis
Favorite showtune: "Magic To Do"
Most played song on your iPod: Beethoven's Ninth Symphony
Last book you read: "The Prophet" by Kahlil Gibran
Must-see TV show: "Rome"
Last good movie you saw: "Avatar"
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Mitan Project, Stevie Wonder, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Cornel West, Cher, Clint Holmes, Sting, Mos Def, Wayne Brady.
Favorite pre-show meal: Soup and salad
How you got your Equity card: In the road company of Sweet Charity with Juliet Prowse
Worst flubbed line: Sweet Charity with Chita Rivera; I was so overtaken by Chita that I went up on my lines.
Pre-show rituals: Meditation and stretching
Worst costume ever: The watermelon suit in the film "Funny Lady"
Pets' names: My Min Pin Satchmo
Favorite junk food: Bojangles' fried chicken
Who would play you in the movie? Haven’t found that person yet.
Worst job you ever had: Hauling fabric in the garment district
TV or commercial gig you most enjoyed: "Tenspeed and Brown Shoe" with Jeff Goldblum
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