Reprise Theatre Company will present Ben Vereen: Up Close & Musical Sept. 8 at the California venue. Vereen will be joined by playwright and director Charles Randolph Wright for the 8 PM event. Wright will chat with the actor about his award-winning career, and Vereen will also perform. Levar Burton will make a special guest appearance. A question-and-answer session will follow the conversation/performance.
A star of stage and screen, Ben Vereen made his Broadway debut in Jesus Christ Superstar, earning a Tony Award nomination for his performance. He nabbed the Tony for his work in Bob Fosse's production of Pippin and has also starred on Broadway in Grind, Jelly's Last Jam and Fosse. The recent revival of I'm Not Rappaport marked Vereen's non-musical Broadway debut. Vereen was nominated for Emmy Awards for his performances in "Roots," "Intruders" and 1976's "The Bell Telephone Jubilee." He also received Golden Globe nominations for his work in "Funny Lady" and "Ellis Island." Vereen was most recently back on Broadway as the Wizard in Stephen Schwartz's Wicked.
Tickets, priced $75 and $150, will go on sale Aug. 2 by calling (310) 825-2101 or by visiting www.reprise.org. The Freud Playhouse at UCLA is located in Macgowan Hall.