Review:Strength Of Program IV Lies In Two Ballets’ Differences

Miami City Ballet presented its Program IV Friday night at the Kravis Center, closing the season with a two-act evening of dance aptly titled Broadway & Ballet. While the program was well-rehearsed, expertly performed and easily endured, it lacked the wow factor that has made some of the company’s recent offerings so thrilling.

A Baseball Star’s Ballet Debut

I’ll admit it: When I got the press release announcing that former baseball star Mike Piazza would be performing with Miami City Ballet, my first reaction was: Huh? Yes, Piazza was apparently a great catcher and an even better hitter during his 16 years playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Florida Marlins, the New York Mets, the San Diego Padres and the Oakland Athletics. (And yes, I personally have Wikipedia to thank for all that information.) But what’s his connection to the ballet world, exactly?…read more

Former Mets Catcher Mike Piazza Making His Miami City Ballet Debut In May

On May 3, Mike Piazza, will make his ballet debut at the Ziff Ballet Opera House when he appears as the Gangster in Miami City Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami. But Piazza won’t be doing any pas de deux or even catching ballerinas. According to a ballet rep, he’ll be throwing out a few lines Al Capone-style and then sitting back and watching the stage come alive with dazzling dance routines, a gorgeous Strip Tease Girl, a tap-dancing Hoofer and the colorful Ladies of the Ballet. So how’d he score this gig? Piazza’s six-year-old daughter Nicoletta is a student at the Miami City Ballet School and conspired with the ballet’s artistic director Lourdes Lopez to get him involved…read more

Mike Piazza To Make Ballet Debut In Miami

Having failed to gain entrance to baseball’s Hall of Fame in his first try, perhaps Mike Piazza now has eyes on a Tony or an Oscar.Piazza will make his ballet debut as ‘The Gangster’ in Miami City Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s ‘Slaughter on Tenth Avenue’ on Friday, May 3, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami.According to the MCB’s press release, Piazza ‘will not be dancing, leaping or catching ballerinas. But he will be sporting a 1920s-era gangster costume, throwing out a few lines Al Capone-style and then sitting back and watching the stage come alive ….’…read more

Mike Piazza Will Make His Ballet Debut In Miami On May 3

Longtime big-league catcher Mike Piazza will make his ballet debut on May 3 as the gangster in Miami City Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami. I’d be less inclined to believe this had I seen it on Monday, but it doesn’t appear to be an April Fool’s joke…read more

Mike Piazza To Perform With Miami City Ballet

Mike Piazza, who looked so good in pinstripes during his half-hour as a member of the then-Florida Marlins, will put on similarly fashionable stripes when he takes the stage May 3 in Miami City Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s ‘Slaughter on Tenth Avenue’ at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami. The baseball legend will not be catching any ballerinas, but instead will sport a 1920’s-era costume for his role as The Gangster, which calls for Piazza to throw out a few lines Al Capone-style…read more

Major League Baseball Superstar Miami Piazza To Appear In Miami City Ballet’s Performance Of Slaughter On Tenth Avenue

Miami, FL (April 2, 2013): Legendary Major League Baseball player, Mike Piazza, known as the greatest hitting catcher of all time, will trade the ballpark for the Ziff Ballet Opera House on Friday evening, May 3, 2013. Piazza will make his ballet debut as the Gangster in Miami City Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami.

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