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LITTLE ANTHONY AND THE IMPERIALS (ANTHONY GOURDINE) - ADVERTISEMENT SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: CHITA RIVERA, BEN VEREEN - HFSID 301718

BEN VEREEN, CHITA RIVERA and "LITTLE ANTHONY" GOURDINE All three sign a printed ad promoting their upcoming appearances at New York's Criterion Cabaret. Advertisement signed: "Ben Vereen", "Chita/Rivera", "Anthony/Gourdine", 4x9. Ad announcing the dates of their appearances at the Criterion Cabaret in New York City.

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BEN VEREEN, CHITA RIVERA and "LITTLE ANTHONY" GOURDINE
All three sign a printed ad promoting their upcoming appearances at New York's Criterion Cabaret.
Advertisement signed: "Ben Vereen", "Chita/Rivera", "Anthony/Gourdine", 4x9. Ad announcing the dates of their appearances at the Criterion Cabaret in New York City. In 1969, 22-year-old BEN VEREEN (b. 1946) joined the cast of Hair and eventually played Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, a role that earned him the Theatre World Award. He went on to perform in Pippin, earning the 1973 Tony Award for Best Actor (Musical). Vereen's film credits include Funny Lady and All That Jazz. He played the memorable character of Chicken George in the TV miniseries Roots (1977). He replaced Joel Grey as the Wizard of Oz in the hit Broadway musical Wicked (2005). Vereen has also staged one-man shows and lectured on black history and other topics. A veteran of 50 years of Broadway musicals, CHITA RIVERA (b. 1933) has won two Best Actress Tony awards (for The Rink, 1984; and Kiss of the Spider Woman (1993). She was nominated for seven more: three for Best Featured Actress (Bye, Bye Birdie, 1961; Bring Back Birdie, 1981; and Nine, 2003) and three for Best Actress (Chicago, 1976; Merlin, 1983; and Jerry's Girls (1986). She was also the Broadway Anita in West Side Story (1957-1959). The first Hispanic woman to receive Kennedy Center honors (2002), she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009. ANTHONY GOURDINE (b. 1941) was the lead singer of Little Anthony and the Imperials, acquiring the "Little" from New York DJ Alan Freed. The Imperials hit pay dirt with their first single, 1958's "Tears On My Pillow", which peaked inside the Top Five on both the pop and R&B charts, and they went on release a number of classic hits, including "Shimmy Shimmy Ko-Ko-Bop" (1960), "Goin' Out of My Head" (1964), "Hurts So Bad" (1965) and "Out of Sight, Out of Mind" (1969). The group's longevity comes from their adapting their sound from doo wop to the sweet soul in vogue during the 1960s. The band, which reformed in 1992 and continues to tour with Gourdine, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009, and was featured in the Hall's 25th anniversary concert extravaganza that year. Corners lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.

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