Vereen, according to a spokesperson for the show, will play Rev. Jeremiah Morris, while Rubin-Vega will portray Carmen Mendoza. The episode is titled "Senseless" and concerns "the pain of a disenfranchised community that must confront pointless murders."
Jesse Garcia will also guest star in the episode, which is a "ripped from the headlines story about four African-American college freshman, who pulling themselves out of the ghetto and into college, are senselessly shot on a playground in a racially charged case." The series features Chris Noth as Detective Mike Logan and Alicia Witt as Detective Nola Falacci.
Prior to Les Miz, Daphne Rubin-Vega appeared in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Anna in the Tropics, earning a Tony Award nomination for her performance. She was also Tony-nominated for her role as Mimi in the original company of Rent. Rubin-Vega appeared in Broadway's The Rocky Horror Show, and her Off-Broadway credits include Everythings Turning Into Beautiful, Bernarda Alba, Fucking A, Gum and Two Sisters and a Piano. On screen she has been seen in "Wild Things," "Flawless" and "Skeleton Woman." Her solo recordings are titled "Rocket Man" and "Redemption Songs."
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.
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