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

TUESDAY, AUGUST 25: Become a Friend of The Berman!
6:30 pm: Pre-reception
7 pm: Dinner on stage & Performance
For ticketing or donation information, please call Elaine (Hendriks) Smith at 248.432.5673.

ben-vereen5x5-page-0A 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, andA Christmas Carol. 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.

 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.

9/13 Peter Grimes (Film)

Sung and subtitled in English, 3 hours 14 minutes including 2 intermissions 

BUY TICKETS: Sunday, September 13 @ 3 p.m.

The bleak, enclosed world of a fishing village provides the backdrop for the story of fisherman Peter Grimes and his uneasy relationship with the other inhabitants. Following the death of Grimes’s apprentice, the community presumes Grimes to be guilty. Although he is cleared of any blame, the villagers no longer trust him, and when his new apprentice accidentally falls to his death, Grimes spirals towards a tragic breakdown.

The most significant British opera in over two centuries, Britten’s Peter Grimes is a work of visceral and sustained beauty, and is notable for the orchestral interludes that depict the sea in different moods.

This is the first revival of David Alden’s 2009 five-star sell-out production. ENO Music Director Edward Gardner again conducts the electrifying score, with Stuart Skelton heading an outstanding cast in his return to the title role.

Co-produced by ENO, De Vlaamse Opera, Opera de Oviedo and Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Original production supported by ENO’s English Opera Group. Revival supported by the Friends of ENO and the Peter Grimes Production Syndicate: Shelagh & Tom Allen, Leslie & Dee Bergman, Peter & Fiona Espenhahn, Martin Edmunds, Stanley Lowy, Nicholas & Lindsay Merriman, Nicholas & Claire Prettejohn, Coral Samuel Charitable Trust, Malcolm & Alison Thwaites & Roy Shutz