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Ben Vereen

Tony Award-Winning Entertainer

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 Ben Vereen Biography

Few entertainers today are as accomplished or as versatile as Ben Vereen. His legendary performances transcend time and have been woven into the fabric of this country's artistic legacy. A Tony Award winner for his renowned performance in Bob Fosse's "Pippin," Vereen has gone on to solidify his place among Broadway royalty with starring roles in such Broadway productions as "Wicked," "Fosse," "Chicago," "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Hair," and "I'm Not Rappaport."

A legend not only on stage but also on screen, Vereen is best known for his iconic role as "Chicken George" in the groundbreaking television miniseries "Roots." He has guest starred on the television shows "Grey's Anatomy" (which won him a Prism Award), "Tyler Perry's House of Payne," and "Law and Order: Criminal Intent." He also appeared in the Emmy-nominated made-for-TV movie "An Accidental Friendship," for which he earned a NAACP nomination. Vereen also had a recurring role on the hit CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother."

In the face of his professional successes, Vereen has encountered his share of adversity. In 1987, his 16-year-old daughter Naja was killed in an automobile accident, a devastating event that shook him to his core. Then, in 1992, Vereen himself was in a serious car accident that led to a near fatal stroke. Vereen was later transferred to a neurological and rehabilitation hospital where he lived for seven months, where he had to undergo arduous physical and occupational rehabilitation.

Through persistence, an indomitable spirit and excellent healthcare, Vereen miraculously recovered ten months later and was back on Broadway. Vereen credits the timely care and treatment he received from his doctors, medical technicians, nurses, and therapists for his speedy recovery and ability to sing and dance again. It was this experience that has empowered Vereen to tour around the country at hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and hospital foundations and galas, sharing his message about showing up for life and the importance of quality care.

Adding to his string of hardships, in December 2007 Vereen was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. He quickly embraced his diabetes, speaking publicly about the disease whenever possible. Vereen started the diabetes campaign S.T.A.N.D. (StandforDiabetes.org) to encourage people to talk about the disease. He is also the spokesperson for sanofi-aventis, a world leader in diabetes care.

Putting his misfortunes behind him, Vereen has pushed forward and used the lessons he has learned to help inspire and encourage others. He has become one of the most requested speakers on the lecture circuit among audiences of all ages. His strong sense of social consciousness has enabled him to reach out to his audiences and convey to them a deep feeling of understanding. His topics range from overcoming adversity, arts in education, black history, motivational topics, recovery through physical and occupational therapy, and the importance of quality healthcare. He also acts as spokesman, spearheading a proactive and preventive campaign for those living with diabetes.

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  • OVERCOMING ADVERSITY

  • BLACK HISTORY FROM ROOTS TIL NOW

    a retelling of Alex Haleys world famous mini-series, and what it mean then, and now. Other topics HOLDING ON TO OUR HERITAGE, THE IMPORTANCE OF BLACK HISTORY THROUGH CULTURE, THE ARTS INCLUDING MUSIC, ART, ARCHITECTURE, DANCE, LITERATURE.

  • STEPPIN OUT LIVE WITH BEN VEREEN

    is a one-man concert show that comines a tribute to Bradway, Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. This program is ideal for foundation and corporate galas and company/hospital fundraisers.

  • LEARNING TO LIVE AGAIN:

    BENS PERSONAL JOURNEY THROUGH RECOVERING FROM A NEAR FATAL ACCIDENT. THE ART OF PHYSICAL AND OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY are other topics Ben speaks on. Perfect speaker for all the forums, conferences, and conventions.

  • LIVING WITH DIABETES THE ART OF EXERCISE AND DIET.

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  • HOW TO BOOK Ben Vereen?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Ben Vereen for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Ben Vereen, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Ben Vereen or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Ben Vereen?

    Booking fees for Ben Vereen, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Ben Vereen, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Ben Vereen?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Ben Vereen for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Ben Vereen for your next private or corporate function.
  • WHAT IS A FULL-SERVICE TALENT BOOKING AGENCY?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Ben Vereen or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Ben Vereen or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Ben Vereen

Tony Award-Winning Entertainer

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Ben Vereen Biography

Few entertainers today are as accomplished or as versatile as Ben Vereen. His legendary performances transcend time and have been woven into the fabric of this country's artistic legacy. A Tony Award winner for his renowned performance in Bob Fosse's "Pippin," Vereen has gone on to solidify his place among Broadway royalty with starring roles in such Broadway productions as "Wicked," "Fosse," "Chicago," "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Hair," and "I'm Not Rappaport."

A legend not only on stage but also on screen, Vereen is best known for his iconic role as "Chicken George" in the groundbreaking television miniseries "Roots." He has guest starred on the television shows "Grey's Anatomy" (which won him a Prism Award), "Tyler Perry's House of Payne," and "Law and Order: Criminal Intent." He also appeared in the Emmy-nominated made-for-TV movie "An Accidental Friendship," for which he earned a NAACP nomination. Vereen also had a recurring role on the hit CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother."

In the face of his professional successes, Vereen has encountered his share of adversity. In 1987, his 16-year-old daughter Naja was killed in an automobile accident, a devastating event that shook him to his core. Then, in 1992, Vereen himself was in a serious car accident that led to a near fatal stroke. Vereen was later transferred to a neurological and rehabilitation hospital where he lived for seven months, where he had to undergo arduous physical and occupational rehabilitation.

Through persistence, an indomitable spirit and excellent healthcare, Vereen miraculously recovered ten months later and was back on Broadway. Vereen credits the timely care and treatment he received from his doctors, medical technicians, nurses, and therapists for his speedy recovery and ability to sing and dance again. It was this experience that has empowered Vereen to tour around the country at hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and hospital foundations and galas, sharing his message about showing up for life and the importance of quality care.

Adding to his string of hardships, in December 2007 Vereen was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. He quickly embraced his diabetes, speaking publicly about the disease whenever possible. Vereen started the diabetes campaign S.T.A.N.D. (StandforDiabetes.org) to encourage people to talk about the disease. He is also the spokesperson for sanofi-aventis, a world leader in diabetes care.

Putting his misfortunes behind him, Vereen has pushed forward and used the lessons he has learned to help inspire and encourage others. He has become one of the most requested speakers on the lecture circuit among audiences of all ages. His strong sense of social consciousness has enabled him to reach out to his audiences and convey to them a deep feeling of understanding. His topics range from overcoming adversity, arts in education, black history, motivational topics, recovery through physical and occupational therapy, and the importance of quality healthcare. He also acts as spokesman, spearheading a proactive and preventive campaign for those living with diabetes.

Ben Vereen Videos

  • Role Call with Ben Vereen
  • Ben Vereen Stars In ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ Revival
    Ben Vereen is taking on the role of “Dr. Scott” in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do The Time Warp Again," a TV musical on Fox that,...
  • Ben Vereen on the Sobering Real Story Behind 'Roots'
    Actor Ben Vereen, one of the stars of quintessential '70s miniseries about slavery, on visiting an island known as "the door of no return."

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Ben Vereen Speaking Topics

  • OVERCOMING ADVERSITY

  • BLACK HISTORY FROM ROOTS TIL NOW

    a retelling of Alex Haleys world famous mini-series, and what it mean then, and now. Other topics HOLDING ON TO OUR HERITAGE, THE IMPORTANCE OF BLACK HISTORY THROUGH CULTURE, THE ARTS INCLUDING MUSIC, ART, ARCHITECTURE, DANCE, LITERATURE.

  • STEPPIN OUT LIVE WITH BEN VEREEN

    is a one-man concert show that comines a tribute to Bradway, Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. This program is ideal for foundation and corporate galas and company/hospital fundraisers.

  • LEARNING TO LIVE AGAIN:

    BENS PERSONAL JOURNEY THROUGH RECOVERING FROM A NEAR FATAL ACCIDENT. THE ART OF PHYSICAL AND OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY are other topics Ben speaks on. Perfect speaker for all the forums, conferences, and conventions.

  • LIVING WITH DIABETES THE ART OF EXERCISE AND DIET.

FAQs on booking Ben Vereen

  • How to book Ben Vereen?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Ben Vereen for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Ben Vereen, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Ben Vereen or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Ben Vereen?

    Booking fees for Ben Vereen, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Ben Vereen, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Ben Vereen?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Ben Vereen for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Ben Vereen for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Ben Vereen or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Ben Vereen or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Ben Vereen is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Ben Vereen for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Ben Vereen generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Alfre Woodard, Louis Gossett Jr., Star Jones, Rita Moreno and Naomi Judd. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Ben Vereen for an upcoming event.

Ben Vereen Speaker Videos

  • Role Call with Ben Vereen
    Ben Vereen Stars In ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ Revival
    Ben Vereen is taking on the role of “Dr. Scott” in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do The Time Warp Again," a TV musical on Fox that, more than 40 years later, brings back to life the...
  • Ben Vereen on the Sobering Real Story Behind 'Roots'
    Actor Ben Vereen, one of the stars of quintessential '70s miniseries about slavery, on visiting an island known as "the door of no return."
    Ben Vereen

Ben Vereen Speaking Topics

  • OVERCOMING ADVERSITY

  • BLACK HISTORY FROM ROOTS TIL NOW

    a retelling of Alex Haleys world famous mini-series, and what it mean then, and now. Other topics HOLDING ON TO OUR HERITAGE, THE IMPORTANCE OF BLACK HISTORY THROUGH CULTURE, THE ARTS INCLUDING MUSIC, ART, ARCHITECTURE, DANCE, LITERATURE.

  • STEPPIN OUT LIVE WITH BEN VEREEN

    is a one-man concert show that comines a tribute to Bradway, Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. This program is ideal for foundation and corporate galas and company/hospital fundraisers.

  • LEARNING TO LIVE AGAIN:

    BENS PERSONAL JOURNEY THROUGH RECOVERING FROM A NEAR FATAL ACCIDENT. THE ART OF PHYSICAL AND OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY are other topics Ben speaks on. Perfect speaker for all the forums, conferences, and conventions.

  • LIVING WITH DIABETES THE ART OF EXERCISE AND DIET.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent, and wish to request removal from this catalog or report an issue with your profile, please click here.

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