Ben Vereenis an American actor, dancer, and singer who has appeared in numerous Broadway theatre shows. Vereen graduated from Manhattan's High School of Performing Arts...
Sometimes we look for those thunderous things to happen in our life for our lives to change or go in the other direction. We seek the miracle. We seek the parting of the seas, the moving of the mountains. But no, its a quiet thing. At least for me it was.
The death of my daughter is a subject I talk about briefly because there is nothing more tragic.
I had a teacher, he was 86 years old and his name was Luigi in New York City, and he said, 'Never stop moving. You get to reinvent yourself.' So you have to find ways to reinventing yourself. Especially today, because it's a whole different market - social media is so important.
The theater was my first training ground. It taught me discipline, dedication and appreciation of hard work.
If we plant the right seeds, tomorrow will be better. If you put out good things, then you'll get good things back. That's part of our responsibility as entertainers.
Our creator says, 'Here's your birth and here's your death' - and the rest are the things you learn on your journey. This was my experience - and the choice is, I can lay in the misery, or choose to learn from it and move on.
I go to my grandchildren. They keep their grandpa informed on what's going on.
So be encouraged and dedicate yourself to your dream and if your dream should come my way one day then we will dance upon the boards of life.
I love sharing my story. It's endlessly healing.
Everyone I've worked with has been good. You learn from the good, what's good, and you learn from the bad what not to do.
I didn't know who Langston Hughes was till he met me backstage.
I want to show people what the possibilities are if you take care of yourself and do the right thing.
The stage sharpened my creative instrument and encouraged me to go deeper and try new things.
When people come and see my show, I try to infuse into them that they can walk away feeling like their lives are a victory.
People talk about love and it seems like a cliche but it's a real thing - the more love we spread around the world the more it's going to change lives.
I don't dance like I used to, but I'm moving and I'll be doing my form of dance at Town Hall... I hit my limitations but I learn to work with what I've got.
As I laid in the hospital bed I started thinking that I had a show to do. I was hoping the Doctor would put me together so I could do the show.
I coach young people. I have a group called BTP - Broadway Theatre Project.
I used to dance, but now I only move.
Live stage is being made as you go along. You feel the energy. There's nothing like a live audience.
Nine years after I had my own accident, I find that in trying to go back to doing those things that I used to do just doesn't fit. Everything seems to just fall apart. I don't know why but I think it is because I am this new creature.
Ive been blessed to be in a position to share (my experiences).
At the end of the day, give up your worries and give thanks for the journey.
You've got to make haste while it's still light of day.
You've got to make haste while it's still light of day. My godmother used to say, I don't want to rust out, I just want to work out. If you stand still long enough, people will throw dirt on you.
He made it look easy by loving it. He never seemed to get tired. Working around him was a privilege.
We have short memories. People should remember Sammy, particularly kids and particularly during Black History Month. Thanks to Sammy, black performers now have opportunities he never imagined.
Bob Fosse was one of the greatest creative taskmasters I know; applying discipline and hard work he allowed the artists to express his creative ability.
As far as working with Chita Rivera, all I can say is it's a dream come true. Her artistry and discipline and dedication is a joy to be around.
This is like a new show to me again.
I didn't think I would be able to dance again and in order to do that, it took more extensive physical therapy.