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.
According to an MCB statement, Piazza was convinced to take the role by his 6-year old daughter, Nicoletta, a student at Miami City Ballet School, with help from MCB artistic director Lourdes Lopez.
To this point, Piazza’s most famous acting role has been in Pert shampoo commericals.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun seeing the reaction of my two little girls,” said Piazza in a press statement. Best known for his years with the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets, Piazza is the author of The New York Times best-selling memoir, “Long Shot” (Simon & Schuster, 2013). “My oldest daughter is a student at Miami City Ballet School and for her to have the opportunity to see Daddy onstage is my little gift. I’m looking forward to it.”
Tickets for Piazza’s one-night-only performance are $20 to $175. They can be purchased by calling the Miami City Ballet box office at 877-929-7010 and at MiamiCityBallet.org.
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