Monday, August 19, 2013

Tony Award Winning Entertainer Ben Vereen Honored with an Award Designed by MK Shannon

Ben Vereen first recipient of annual LaGuardia Arts Hall of Fame Award
New York, NY 
Ben Vereen was recently honored with an award designed by MK Shannon. The Florello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts in New York City presented the award. This school was the inspiration for the film and TV series Fame. Vereen is an alumni of LaGuardia HS, and is the first recipient of the annual LaGuardia Arts Hall of Fame Award.

Vereen has starred in numerous Broadway plays and musicals, including Wicked, Fosse, Chicago, Hair, Pippin, and Jesus Christ Superstar. He is a Tony award winner for his role in Pippin. He also appeared in Roots, the TV mini- series.

For their Hall of Fame Award, LaGuardia High School chose MK Shannon’s original design entitled “All Stars”. This sculpted award is cast in pewter and mounted on a black marble base with a custom engraved nameplate. It is about 9-1/2” tall.

LaGuardia High School, one of New York City’s prestigious specialized public high schools, offers conservatory training at the college level and comprehensive college preparatory courses for students 9-12 grade. Their website is