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Ex-catcher Piazza will make ballet debut in Miami
First Published Apr 03 2013 09:50 am • Last Updated Apr 04 2013 12:12 am

Miami Beach, Fla. • Former Major League Baseball catcher Mike Piazza will be taking center stage with the Miami City Ballet.

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The Miami Beach-based dance company has tapped Piazza to play the role of a gangster in the May 3 production of "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue."

Piazza won’t be dancing in tights. He’ll wear a 1920s-era gangster costume, say a few lines and then watch the rest of the performance from a seat onstage.

Piazza says his turn with the troupe is his gift to his 6-year-old daughter, a student at Miami City Ballet School.

The ballet features gangsters, strippers and an attempted murder plot. It originally appeared as part of the 1930s musical "On Your Toes."


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Piazza had 427 career home runs and made 12 All-Star Game appearances.



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