Broadway's Diggs and Palermo Create Dance Play pre.view with LaChiusa Music

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Broadway stars Taye Diggs and Andrew Palermo team on an original dance play pre.view, featuring music by composer Michael John LaChiusa, slated to play in New York City this weekend.
Taye Diggs
Taye Diggs Photo by Aubrey Reuben

dre.dance [sic] — the company created by artistic directors-choreographers Diggs and Palermo — presents the work at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, launching the company's second season.

A two-act evening, pre.view's first part features excerpts from a dance play by the duo which follows the "story of three friends, tragically pulled apart by lust and revenge," according to show materials. The "new spin on the classic love triangle" tells a "dark tale [that] is spun in retrograde motion, lending the audience information, bit by bit." The latter portion of the evening will include new repertory pieces in the company's signature style.

Diggs recently appeared on stage Off-Broadway in A Soldier's Play, in the film "Rent" and on television in "Will & Grace." He also lent his dulcet tones to the smash moviemusical "Chicago." The actor seen on stage in Carousel, The Wild Party and Chicago is perhaps best known for originating the role of Benjamin Coffin III in the musical Rent — where he met his wife Menzel. Diggs has appeared in the films "How Stella Got Her Groove Back," "Go" and "The Best Man" as well as television stints on "Ally McBeal," "Ed" and the title role in "Kevin Hill."

Palermo has worked with Diggs for more than sixteen years, having met at The School of the Arts in Rochester, NY where they studied under choreographers Garth Fagan and Timothy Draper. He has performed on Broadway in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Annie Get Your and Wicked. His choreography can be seen in "Stella," the films "Holey Habits" and "Sometimes Life is Hard" and commercials for G-Shock watches and the Showtime networks.

Composer Michael John LaChiusa is known for his musicals The Wild Party, See What I Wanna See, Marie Christine, Hello Again, First Lady Suite, The Petrified Prince and Little Fish. dre.dance's premiere performance, cold water, was presented at the Joffrey Ballet School's Gala 2005. The company's inaugural full-evening work, one american.mixed tape, performed at the Citigroup Theatre in the Alvin Ailey Center for Dance in March 2005.

Tickets to pre.view, at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, 405 West 55 St (at Ninth Ave.) can be purchased by calling (212) 868-4444. For more information, visit www.dredance.com.

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