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MACC Features Ben Vereen, Celtic Music

January 26, 2012
The Maui Weekly

On Friday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 p.m., Ben Vereen will grace the Castle Theater stage at Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC).

Few entertainers today are as accomplished or versatile as Vereen. His legendary performances transcend time. Who among us doesn't remember his song-and-dance moves in "Pippin" or his comedic acting talent as Chicken George in "Roots?"

For over 40 years, he has showcased his versatility and creativity, performing countless one-man shows not only in the U.S., but also Europe, Asia and the Caribbean.

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On Friday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 p.m., Ben Vereen will grace the Castle Theater stage at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

He was the first simultaneous winner of the "Entertainer of the Year," "Rising Star" and "Song and Dance Star" awards from the American Guild of Variety Artists.

On Broadway, Vereen has appeared in "Wicked," "Fosse," "I'm Not Rappaport," "Hair," "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Pippin," "Grind," "Jelly's Last Jam" and "A Christmas Carol."

Vereen is currently touring his one-man show, "Steppin' Out with Ben Vereen," featuring a special tribute to Sammy Davis Jr., the music of Frank Sinatra and the best of Broadway.

Vereen's band members include his son, Aaron Vereen, on congas; local musician Dean Taba on bass; Robert Albanese on keyboards; and Marc Dicciani on drums. While on Maui, Vereen will also conduct community outreach with a master class for Baldwin High School drama students.

Tickets are $12, $37 and $47 plus applicable fees. Food for the Soul will cater pre-show dining in Yokouchi Pavilion.

If your tastes run to traditional Celtic music, you won't want to miss a concert featuring Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones, also on Friday at the MACC.

Mulligan's On The Blue owner Mike O'Dwyer, known for known for quality presentations of Irish patriotic songs and traditional Irish music, has brought the band to Maui.

Lead singer, songwriter and storyteller Derek Warfield has enjoyed phenomenal success for some 40 years with 13 bestselling albums, multiple No. 1 hits, television appearances and shows in Carnegie Hall and the Royal Albert Hall.

The night opens at 7 p.m. in McCoy Studio Theater with The Chancers, who are based out of Portland, Oregon, by way of their native Ireland.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on show day, plus fees.

Call the MACC at 242-SHOW (7469) or visit



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