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Usher debuts new songs during off-Broadway play

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2011 file photo, singer Usher Raymond attends the "Pencils Of Promise" inaugural gala at Espace in New York. Usher debuted his new album in an unconventional way Friday night: The singer danced to his new music as part of "Fuerza B
FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2011 file photo, singer Usher Raymond attends the "Pencils Of Promise" inaugural gala at Espace in New York. Usher debuted his new album in an unconventional way Friday night: The singer danced to his new music as part of "Fuerza Bruta: Look Up," the fast-paced and acrobatic off-Broadway play where the audience stands as performers dance and jump around. Usher will release his seventh CD, "Looking for Myself," on June 12.
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NEW YORK — Usher debuted new songs in an unconventional way Friday night: The singer danced to his new music as part of the off-Broadway play "Fuerza Bruta: Look Up."

"Fuerza Bruta" is the fast-paced and acrobatic play in which the audience stands as performers dance and jump around on the walls, onstage and on the floor with the crowd.

Usher worked as its lead "Running Man," beginning the show on a treadmill, bursting though paper-made walls as his tune "Climax" played at the invite-only event.

There was also a plastic pool suspended above the crowd, where dancers moved and splashed around to songs, including one with lyrics like: "It's raining inside your bed."

Usher will release his seventh album, "Looking for Myself," on June 12. He'll perform two shows with the cast Saturday.