Kenny Rogers, Ben Vereen to Star at TPAC in April

By: From 13 News
By: From 13 News

TOPEKA -- The Topeka Performing Arts Center has proudly announced on 13 News at 4, that superstars Kenny Rogers and Ben Vereen will help them celebrate TPAC's 20th Anniversary this April!

Kenny Rogers performs live with co-star Billy Dean on Friday, April 1st. Tickets for Kenny's show go on sale next Friday, January 28th.

An American icon, there are few artists of Kenny's stature. His phenomenal success as a global entertainer is unique. In the span of nearly five decades, Rogers has recorded 61 albums, which have sold over 105 million records worldwide. In March 1999, the Recording Industry Association of America awarded Kenny the prestigious Diamond Award celebrating sales of more than 10 million albums for his "Greatest Hits" album.

As one of country music's biggest crossover successes, Kenny's numerous accolades include three Grammy Awards, 11 People's Choice Awards, 18 American Music Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards and five Country Music Association Awards. In addition, he was named Favorite Singer of All Time in a PM Magazine/ USA Today poll in 1986, and in 1989 readers of PEOPLE MAGAZINE voted Rogers Favorite Male Vocalist. For both Rogers and his admirers, his success is all the more remarkable for his having been raised in a Houston public housing project with seven brothers and sisters.

In the meantime, Rogers continues to take his music on the road conducting more than 120 concerts each year. His live concerts have always been a mainstay of his success and he continues to pack them in not only in the United States, but also in Europe, New Zealand , Africa and the Far East. Now include Topeka to that list, on April 1st.

TPAC's special month-long celebration of its 20th continues Saturday night, April 23rd with the fantastic Ben Vereen.

Ben Vereen is touring his one man show, Steppin' Out With Ben Vereen, dazzling audience from Hawaii, through the United States, Europe and even Abu Dhabi. Ben's show is a unique blen dof artistry, combining a tribute ot Broadway, Frank Sinatra, and a very specila tribute to Sammy Davis, Jr. Featuring hit songs like "Defying Gravity," "My Way," "Mr. Bojangles," and "Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries."

"Steppin' Out with Ben Vereen" is a contemporary and timeless journey. Ben has headlined performing arts center and symphonies across the country, sometimes with a trio or as many as 60 musicians accompanying him. Each performance is filled with song and dance, stories ofhis life, lots of laughs.. and it always ends with standing ovations.

Vereen is best known for his role as Chicken George in "Roots," and lately has been spotted in his recurring role on CBS' "How I Met Your Mother."

Tickets for the "Steppin' Out with Ben Vereen" show go on sale February 11th. You can order them online starting that day, as well as the fantastic show for Kenny Rogers, on www.tpactix.org.


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