PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Pippin's Ariana DeBose and Benjamin Rauhala Pick Performances That Defy "Type"

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07 Aug 2014

Ariana DeBose
Ariana DeBose

Ariana DeBose, a cast member in Broadway's Pippin, will return to 54 Below Aug. 15 with her original solo show Typed Out. In anticipation of the concert, DeBose and musical director Benjamin Rauhala pick performances that defy "type" as part of this week's Playbill Playlist

The evening, set to begin at 11 PM, features music direction by Rauhala and arrangements by Kurt Crowley.

"At its core," DeBose explained, "Typed Out is about breaking boundaries, challenging type, labels and changing the game (sprinkled with laughter), so Ben and I decided to create a playlist that celebrates individuals who in our minds are prime examples of those things." 

In an intimate cabaret setting, according to 54 Below, "Ariana (Bring It On, Motown, Pippin) defies limitations of gender, age and race in Typed Out. In collaboration with Ben Rauhala (music direction), Kurt Crowley (arrangements), and two-time Tony nominee Terrence Mann (creative consultant), Ariana investigates what it is to be ethnically ambiguous in a world that thrives on labels. Audiences can expect a variety of mash-ups, medleys and more!"

DeBose, who was a contestant on the reality television series "So You Think You Can Dance?," was also seen on Broadway as Nautica in Bring It On: The Musical and Mary Wilson in Motown. Click here to read her exclusive blog for about performing with both Broadway shows on last year's Tony Awards.

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