Wicked’s Vereen to Salute Sammy Davis Jr. Feb. 16-18 at Kennedy Center

News   Wicked’s Vereen to Salute Sammy Davis Jr. Feb. 16-18 at Kennedy Center
Ben Vereen, the Wizard of the Broadway production of Stephen Schwartz's Wicked, will salute the late Sammy Davis Jr. next month at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Broadway veteran Vereen will join the National Symphony Orchestra for Ben Sings Sammy: A Tribute to Sammy Davis Jr. The Feb. 16-18 concerts will be held in the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall and will feature the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of David Loeb. Concertgoers can expect to hear such tunes as “Candy Man,” “What Kind of Fool,” “Birth of the Blues,” “Mr. Bojangles,” “Somebody Loves Me,” “Stand By Me,” “Give a Little Love,” “Smile” and “This Is the Moment.” Show times are 7 PM Feb. 16 and 8 PM Feb. 17 and 18.

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."

Tickets, priced $20-$80, are available by visiting www.kennedy-center.org.

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