Stage, film and television star Taye Diggs can explain to his son “how I met your mother” by showing him a movie.
The movie is 2005’s “Rent,” adapted from the late Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical riff on the opera “La bohème.”
Diggs, who visits The City on Saturday for an evening of song and more, was part of the original off-Broadway cast with Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, future “Law & Order” star Jesse L. Martin and — in her professional debut — Idina Menzel.
“We were all just starting out,” Diggs recalls of the 1996 off-Broadway and then Broadway productions. “We’re all so young and fresh, and to be so fortunate to be a part of such a seminal piece of art and history now. It freaks us both out.”
The couple shared stages again in Andrew Lippa’s “The Wild Party” and “Wicked” and got married in between.
Diggs parlayed his talent, good looks and well-honed physique into film success with “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” and is now in his sixth year of the ensemble dramedy “Private Practice” on ABC.
The show keeps the family based in Los Angeles for now.
“Both of us work from here,” he says. “Idina tours and then when she comes ‘home’ it’s to L.A. Whenever I’m not working in L.A., we try to get back to Manhattan.”
Diggs, who is also a choreographer, is bringing more than just his favorite tunes to Kanbar Hall at the Jewish Community Center on Saturday. He’s planning to share some of his favorite moves, just to keep things interesting.
“I wish I had what Idina and some of these other kind of divas have,” he laughs. “They look like they really love being on stage. When I’m just singing by myself, I get bored with myself.”
Dancing, however, changes the experience for him. It’s been a lifelong passion and in 2004 he founded dre.dance company with childhood friend Andrew Palermo.
“I’m a song and dance man, but it’s difficult to find the time to do a musical and it’s difficult to find the right musical where I can do all of that the way that I want to do it. So, with this, I’m calling the shots. I like that dynamic.”
He knows it will be fun for him and he hopes that radiates out to the audience. “I don’t need it to be brilliant,” he says. “I just hope that people aren’t bored. If people are mildly entertained, I will have considered this a success.”