Versatile Vereen steps out Saturday

Stage and screen legend Ben Vereen brings his one-man show “Steppin’ Out Live with Ben Vereen” to North Central College at 8 p.m. Saturday at Pfeiffer Hall.

Few entertainers today are as accomplished or versatile as Vereen. On Broadway, he has appeared in “Wicked,” “Fosse,” “I’m Not Rappaport,” “Hair,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Grind,” “Jelly’s Last Jam” and “A Christmas Carol.” His role in “Pippin” garnered him both the prestigious Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award for Best Actor in a Musical. 

In 2012, Vereen was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame and the Dance Hall of Fame. For more than 40 years, he has showcased his versatility and creativity performing countless shows in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. Besides performing with symphonies nationwide, Vereen tours with his one man show “Steppin’ Out Live with Ben Vereen,” featuring the music of Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra and the best of Broadway. Part of North Central College’s Performing Arts Series.

Tickets are  $45, $35, $30 ; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

 

Moscow Festival Ballet—Legendary artistic director Sergei Radchenko brings his dance company Moscow Festival Ballet to North Central College May 2 to perform “Cinderella.”

The performance will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday, May 2, in the College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Tickets are $35, $25 and $20; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

For Radchenko, the former principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, the Moscow Festival Ballet became a realization of his vision for a company that would bring together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies in an independent new company within the framework of Russian classic ballet.

Founded by Radchenko in 1989, the Moscow Festival Ballet has toured extensively throughout Europe and the United States, all the while collecting leading dancers across Russia to stage new productions of timeless classics such as “Giselle,” “Don Quixote,” “Paquita” and “Carmen.” The company has performed with great success in Turkey at the Istanbul Festival and in Greece at the Athens Festival. It recently completed tours of Japan, Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong.

After graduating from the Moscow School of Dance in 1964, Radchenko joined the Bolshoi Ballet where he worked for 25 years. He danced the entire repertoire at the Bolshoi.

 

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