Nickel Mines has been selected as a Next Link Production of the New York Musical Festival!

July 27-31, The Duke on 42nd Street, NYC

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NICKEL MINES is a new musical/theatrical work interpreting the 2006 Lancaster, PA Amish schoolhouse shooting. Initially produced at/by University of California, Irvine. Conceived / Directed / & Choreographed by Andrew Palermo. Book by Shannon Stoeke and Andrew Palermo. Music & Lyrics by Dan Dyer.




Andrew Palermo is a director, choreographer and creator of new works for the stage. 

In 2014, Palermo’s Nickel Mines, which interprets the events surrounding the 2006 Lancaster, PA Amish schoolhouse shooting, was produced at UC Irvine.  After receiving rave reviews, awards and accolades from audiences and colleagues, Nickel Mines will receive a full "Next Link" production at this summer's New York Musical Festival.

Andrew made his Broadway choreographic debut this season with Allegiance. Starring Lea Salonga, Telly Leung and George Takei, Allegiance is the story of one multi-generational, Japanese-American family’s struggle to endure a WWII internment camp and its lifelong aftermath. 

Other stage direction and/or choreography credits include The Other Josh Cohen (Papermill and Soho Playhouse), Kristin Chenoweth/Carnegie Hall, The Frank Loesser Songbook/New York Philharmonic (Lincoln Center), The Mikado (Carnegie Hall), Ace (The Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theater of St. Louis), Miss Julie (Geffen Playhouse), Lyrics and Lyricists (92nd St. Y), Bright Lights, Big City (Prince Music Theater), Vices (Theatre Aspen), The Aluminum Show (international tour), For The Record/Paul Thomas Anderson (Rockwell, LA), 125th Teachers College Gala (The Apollo Theatre), Aida (Music Theater Wichita), Man of La Mancha (Sacramento Music Circus), Two Gentlemen of Verona (University of Cincinnati/CCM), Hair and The Wild Party (Wichita State), She Loves Me (Westminster Choir College), Spring Awakening and Sweet Smell of Success (UCI).

Andrew has choreographed multi-million dollar industrials for Toyota, episodes of Comedy Central’s Stella, promos for Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union and commercials for Showtime Network and G-Shock watches. 

Along with childhood friend Taye Diggs, Andrew is the Co-Founding Artistic Director of, a contemporary dance company.  With performances around New York City and North America, has received multiple commissions, residencies, grants and rave reviews for it’s powerful and compelling works.  

One such work, beyond.words, which focuses on the autism spectrum, has led Palermo to be a leader in the field of movement therapy. His unique brand of classes for children on the spectrum has lead to countless classes around the country, both for children with special needs and their caregivers. Palermo is an in demand collaborator in the fields of medicine and computer technology regarding the integration of the arts and special needs issues. 

Past life performing highlights include original Broadway companies of Wicked and Annie Get Your Gun (‘Tommy Keeler’, Bernadette Peters revival), as well as How To Succeed…(Matthew Broderick revival), national / international tours of West Side Story, Michael John LaChiusa’s Little Fish (2nd Stage), numerous regional and concert productions. Andrew is a proud alumnus of Cincinnati / CCM,  Assistant Professor of Drama at UC Irvine, husband to dancer / Rocketette / fitness expert Samantha Jo Harvey and daddy to spitfire dog, Henry.




Nickel Mines is an official selection of the New York Musical Festival’s 2016 Next Link Project.

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Allegiance -- A New American Musical, an epic story of family, love and patriotism set during the Japanese American internment of World War II.


Sexually and Spiritually provocative, LET LOOSE THE HORSES fuses epic rock music with innovative dance and 3-D Projection image mapping.


Choreographed by artistic director Andrew Palermo with additional choreography by co-founder Taye Diggs, 'dre.diohead' was originally presented and filmed at Laguardia Performing Arts Center, Long Island City, NY.


Choreographed by Andrew Palermo, VICES was directed by Amanda Dehnert at Theatre Aspen. Authors: Heitzman, Reid, Bradley and Drauss. Starring Samantha Harvey and Matthew Steffens


Choreographed by Andrew Palermo and Directed by David Wain, this is one of two numbers Palermo choreographed for the Comedy Central series starring Wain, and the Michaels (Ian Black and Showalter).




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