The Magic of Ben Vereen

/The Magic of Ben Vereen

The Magic of Ben Vereen

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You mean Ben Vereen is HERE?! I had to force myself to keep breathing. I pictured Ben’s face in Pippin on Broadway. I can still remember my heart in my throat as he opened up the show, “Join us, journey to aspire. We’ve got magic to do, just for YOU.” Oh, if you’ve never seen this, enjoy the magic of  Ben Vereen.

How about when Pippin is freaking out and Ben delivers his iconic roller coaster response, “EEEEE-ZZZ Baby!” at the end of the incredible song and dance number, You’re On the Right Track.

Broadway fun fact: Ben Vereen won a Tony award for this performance and Patina Miller also did 40 years later. It was the first time 2 difference sexes won a Tony for playing the same part.

Ben Vereen is not only a talented Broadway, TV and Film star, he is a wonderful man. His passion to help people with diabetes had him presenting in San Antonio for the American Diabetes Association.
I had to meet him and express my  gratitude for that day on Broadway and all the bazillions of times I play the soundtrack and continue to be fueled by his talent.
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I had to meet him and express my  gratitude for that day on Broadway and all the bazillions of times I play the soundtrack and continue to be fueled by his talent.
I kept breathing so I wouldn’t be a complete nutcase when I talked with him. Guess what? Ben Vereen’s not only gracious and nice, he’s open and magnificent. We immediately hit it off and later had coffee and talked as artists.
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I had just performed for Novo Nordisk in Diabetes Dialogues. A program I  wrote and Emcee’d for others with  diabetes. Ben was interested in my singing and joking about diabetes and I knew I would go home and record what I do, so I could share a part of me with this great man. He is gentle and very present. It was remarkable to go from a raving fan so impacted by his work, to an esteemed colleague. Sitting in the Imperial Theatre back in high school, I never could’ve imagined such a thing.

An excerpt from the sample I sent Ben!

Let’s all do that. Reach goals we never could imagine as kids. I’m not talking about being the princess that kissed a frog, even though I bet we’ve all done that. But to reach beyond what you thought was possible. We all have examples. Thanks for letting me recount one of mine.
Tell me about yours! Let’s share when we WIN! Anyone can share struggles, let’s share wins and use that as fuel to keep making our dreams into our reality and most importably, in the infamous lyrics sung by Ben Vereen, “… be a man (and woman) who learns to be free!” Thanks Ben for showing us we’re on the right track!
By | 2017-08-17T14:34:52+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Lifestyle|0 Comments

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