Consummate Entertainer Ben Vereen to Appear at Queensborough’s Performing Arts Center (QPAC) in an Encore Performance

Ben Vereen, an American actor, singer and dancer of  legendary versatility and unparalleled accolades, is returning to Queensborough’s Performing Arts Center (QPAC) for an encore star turn on Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 3:00PM.

Mr. Vereen’s unforgettable performance in Pippin garnered him a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for “Best Actor in a Musical.”  Other Broadway shows that carry his permanent imprint include Wicked, Fosse, I’m Not Rappaport, Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Grind, Jelly’s Last Jam and A Christmas Carol.

“If he were auditioning for Simon Cowell’s new reality show the “X” Factor, he’d win!” said Susan Agin, Artistic Director of the Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC). “Ben Vereen is a tour-de-force and it’s an honor to be able to share his talents with our audience.  Among his many Broadway selections, he pays tribute to the legends Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr. who significantly influenced him.  Get ready to be mesmerized.”

Tickets are $45 all seats. For more information about this event and other upcoming shows, contact the QPAC Box Office at 718-631-6311; tickets are also available online at www.visitQPAC.org.  QPAC is located on the Queensborough Community College campus in the heart of Bayside, with ample free parking and 24-hour security.

Distinguished artists who have performed throughout the decades at QPAC include jazz legend Thelonius Monk; renowned dance choreographer Merce Cunningham; 60’s folksinger Judy Collins; the fabled Alvin Ailey Dance Company; the great classical actor Alvin Epstein; and more recently Joel Grey, Tommy Tune,  Chita Rivera, Marvin Hamlisch, David Cassidy, Davey Jones, John Pizzarelli and Betty Buckley.

Queensborough Community College, established in 1960, is located on a lush 37-acre campus in Bayside, New York. The College offers a rich liberal arts and science curriculum as well as career and pre-professional courses. Comprising one of the most diverse populations of any college in the U.S., nearly 15,000 students pursue Associate degrees or Certificate programs and another 10,000 students of all ages attend continuing education programs. The College boasts Dual/Joint Degree programs in Biotechnology, Criminal Justice and Education with its sister CUNY institutions York College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Queens College, respectively. Over half of the faculty holds doctorates, compared with 21% of faculty in other community colleges nationwide.

In the fall of 2009, Queensborough launched the Freshman Academies to all first-time full-time students. While other colleges have similar programs, Queensborough is the only community college to launch the initiative institution-wide. Queensborough also has the distinction of being named one of 12 colleges nationwide to lead the American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) project—funded by Met Life—to support and expand effective student success strategies at community colleges. The College’s prized cultural beacons, The Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives; QCC Art Gallery; and Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC) continue to bring renowned world-class exhibits, fine art and performances to the entire community and beyond. Please visit our website at www.qcc.cuny.edu.