Inside the Emerald City: Wicked's Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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10 Oct 2013

Tony Award winner Ben Vereen, who originated the role of the Leading Player to Tony Award-winning acclaim in Stephen Schwartz's Pippin, took over as Broadway's Wizard in 2005. He also played the role in the Chicago production. Vereen made his Broadway debut as Judas 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 Stephen Schwartz's Pippin (singing "Magic to Do") 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."

Rue McClanahan and Ben Vereen
photo by Joan Marcus


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