8/25 Steppin’ Out with Ben Vereen (Friends of The Berman)

To become a Friend of The Berman this season and attend this years event with Ben Vereen, please contact Elaine (Hendriks) Smith at 248.432.5673 or click here to send an email.

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Please join us for an intimate evening at The Berman which includes a reception, dinner on stage and a private performance of Steppin’ Out With Ben Vereen.

Ben Vereen dazzles audiences while taking them on a journey through his iconic stage and television career.  Ben talks about his life, white a great deal of humor while featuring such songs as “Defying Gravity,” “My Way,” and “Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries.”

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
6:30 pm: Cocktails
7 pm: Dinner and performance

ABOUT “Steppin’ Out With Ben Vereen”
Ben Vereen dazzles audiences throughout the United States with his one man show, Steppin’ Out with Ben Vereen. The show travels through Ben’s stage and television career while paying tribute to his iconic journey on Broadway and highlighting the work of Frank Sinatra and Ben’s long time friend and mentor Sammy David Jr. Featuring such songs as “Defying Gravity,” “My Way,” and “Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries,” Steppin’ Out with Ben Vereen is a show filled with song and dance, stories of Ben’s life, a great deal of humor, and multiple standing ovations.

A Tony and Drama Desk Award winner for his renowned performance in Bob Fosse’s Pippin, Ben’s Broadway credits include: Wicked, I’m Not Rappaport, Chicago, Hair, Fosse, Jelly’s Last Jam, Jesus Christ Superstar, and A Christmas Carol.Ben Vereen1

In 2010, Ben completed a successful run in the world premiere of Fetch Clay, Make Man, directed by Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys) at the McCarter Theatre.

Film: 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, How I Met Your Mother (recurring), NCIS, Betty White’s Hot In Cleveland, Grey’s Anatomy (Prism Award), Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, 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.

Ben continues to tour through the United States with his concert act, “Steppin’ Out with Ben Vereen”. The show ran a sold out run at New York City’s 54 Below this Spring.

He was also spokesperson for the Sanofi campaign for preventative and proactive measures for Diabetes. On January 30th, 2012, Ben was inducted in to The Theatre Hall of Fame. In addition, Ben performed for 100,000 people at the Washington Monument on July 4th. Ben received the Broadwayworld.com Cabaret Award for Best Celebrity Male Vocalist for his dazzling 2 week run at 54 Below. In May of 2013, Ben received his honorary degree from the LaGuardia School of Performing Arts.

In addition, he has become one of the nation’s most requested speakers, among audiences of all ages, on topics ranging from Black history, arts and education, and overcoming adversity.

10/18 Make That Change: Mosaic Youth Singers

BUY TICKETS: Sunday, October 18 @ TBD 

Detroit has long been a gem in the world of music. From Hitsville to Techno Detroit’s musical roots run deep, shining with youthful voices, energy and creativity contributing to American history and Pop culture. Over the past 20 years, Mosaic Singers, have become entrenched in that culture. This year the Mosaic magic continues showcasing the melodic vocal harmonies of some of Detroit’s greatest young artists, by paying tribute to an entertainment icon, Michael Jackson. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to celebrate the Mosaic Make That Changelife and music of the King of Pop.

Rescue in the Philippines


BUY TICKETS: Wednesday, September 30 @ 7 p.m.Rescue in the Phillipines

“Rescue in The Philippines” is a one-hour documentary of the previously untold story of how the five Frieder brothers, Cincinnati businessmen making two-for-a-nickel cigars in pre-WWII Manila, together with Manuel Quezon, the charismatic first president of the Philippines, Paul McNutt, US High Commissioner and former governor of Indiana (preparing for his own presidential campaign) and an ambitious Army Colonel named Dwight Eisenhower –  helped 1,200 Jews escape the Nazis and immigrate to the Philippines.

What the critics are saying…

The world knows about Austrian industrialist Oskar Schindler and how he saved 1,100 Polish Jews during WWII by hiring them as workers in his factory because of Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List which received the 1993 Oscar for Best Picture. This month, the world will know about Philippine Commonwealth Pres. Manuel L. Quezon and how he helped 1,305 German Jews escape Nazi persecution in 1939 by providing them with visas and safe shelter in the Philippines because of a documentary, Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge From the Holocaust, being shown in PBS stations throughout the US.Asian Week