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The Department of Theatre and Dance is pleased to partner with Wellness Through the Arts, Sacramento to welcome Broadway legend Ben Vereen to campus on Saturday, April 30, 2016.

The day begins at 10:00 am with a Musical Theatre Master Class in the University Theatre. Mr. Vereen will be working with select students to polish their Broadway tunes while discussing his extraordinary performing career and taking questions from the audience. The Musical Theatre Master Class is FREE and open to the public. To reserve tickets, call (916) 278-3569 or email

At 7:00 pm, Mr. Vereen will join a panel of Sacramento celebrity judges to award cash prizes to local high school students who have participated in the First Annual Wellness Through the Arts, Sacramento Essay Awards. The evening showcase also features live performances by Sacramento/Black Art of Dance, Natomas Charter School’s One Voice Ensemble, and a Luther Burbank High School dance troupe. For tickets, call (916) 278-4323 or visit

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BEN VEREEN  has performed in some of the most notable Broadway productions, television series, films and variety shows of our time.  Currently, he’s filming ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW for Twentieth Century Fox directed by Kenny Ortega. Recently, he costarred w/ Richard Gere in the film TIME OUT OF MIND  (Variety Oscar Critic's Pick*) and TOP FIVE w/ Chris Rock. A Tony and Drama Desk Award winner for his renowned performance in Bob Fosse’s Pippin, Mr. Vereen's Broadway credits include:  Wicked, I’m Not Rappaport, Chicago, Hair, Fosse, Jelly's Last Jam, Jesus Christ Superstar, and A Christmas Carol.  Mr. Vereen completed a successful run in the world premiere of Fetch Clay, Make Man, directed by Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys) at the McCarter Theatre.  Film: Time Out of Mind Idlewild, All That Jazz, Sweet Charity, Funny Lady (Golden Globe nomination), Why Do Fools Fall in Love, Once Upon a Forest. Television: The legendary television miniseries Roots, Hot in Cleveland, How I Met Your Mother (recurring), Grey’s Anatomy (Prism Award), Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, NCIS, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Hallmark’s An Accidental Friendship (NAACP nomination), Tenspeed and Brown Shoe, Louis Armstrong - Chicago Style, Ellis Island (Golden Globe Nomination), Anne Rice’s Feast of All Saints, Zoobilee Zoo and Star Trek - The Next Generation to name a few.  Mr. Vereen continues to tour throughout the United States with his concert act, “Steppin’ Out with Ben Vereen”. In addition, he has become one of the nation's most requested motivational speakers, among audiences of all ages, on topics ranging from Overcoming Adversity, A trip down Broadway, Black history, Arts and Education, Substance Abuse, and the Art of Physical and Occupational Therapy to name a few of his topics. Mr. Vereen has been inducted into both The Theatre Hall of Fame and the Dance Hall of Fame. Mr. Vereen performed for 100,000 people at the Washington Monument and he received the Cabaret Award BEST CELEBRITY MALE VOCALIST for his dazzling 2 week run at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Recently, Mr. Vereen led the American Athletes into the LA Coliseum for The Special Olympics, followed by participating in Producer Nigel Lythgoe’s event which introduced dance as a competition for the first time in the history of the Special Olympics. At the DIZZY FEET FOUNDATION GALA, Mr. Vereen presented an award to George Chakiris and Russ Tamblyn the stars of WEST SIDE STORY. Mr. Vereen is proud to announce both the BEN VEREEN AWARDS and the newly formed organization WELLNESS THROUGH THE ARTS, benefiting young people across America. He recently directed a reimagined production of Hair and next year, plans on returning to Broadway in the new musical, FROM BROOKLYN TO BROADWAY.