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Ben Vereen to celebrate Thanksgiving with rare New York City performance


FoxBen Vereen is returning to his hometown of New York City, to celebrate Thanksgiving with his cabaret show, “Steppin’ Out with Ben Vereen.”

The Tony award-winner will perform on Thursday and Friday at The Cutting Room in Manhattan.

“I’ve always wanted to go there because they have greats like Judy Collins, Billy Joel, various rock artists who’ve played there and now I’m coming to the room,” the 72-year-old entertainer tells ABC Radio.

“It’s a beautiful room, and what’s so lovely is, Thanksgiving Day, they will give a toast to Thanksgiving and everybody gets a free glass of champagne.”

Vereen, who is Usher‘s godfather, will also be performing December 2 in Ridgefield, CT. He says his show is a celebration of the holiday season.

“I’ll be doing numbers which you know, and also telling stories about what is going on with my career.” Vereen says. “Then I go to Ridgefield December 2, which is the first day of Hanukkah, so I get to do Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas all combined into one.” 

Vereen, who starred as Chicken George in the epic 1977 miniseries, Roots, joins the cast of Star next Wednesday, November 28. He’ll portray Calvin Brown, the former husband of Patti LaBelle’s character, Miss Christine. Brown is the father of sisters Carlotta and Cassie, played by Queen Latifah and Brandy

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