Vereen will discuss blackface minstrelsy and his personal contribution to this controversial theatrical phenomenon. He will show a screening of his portrayal of Bert Williams, the early 20th Century vaudevillian as part of his presentation, which is sponsored by CCNY's Black Studies Program.
Vereen earned a Tony Award for his performance in Pippin. Among his other Broadway credits are Wicked, Fosse, Chicago, Jesus Christ Superstar, Hair, Jelly's Last Jam, Grind, and I'm Not Rappaport.
The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. To RSVP, call 212-650-8117 or 212-650-5352 to reserve seats.