Now, the thunderous celebration of Irish music, song and dance returns to where it was first introduced to American audiences, he famed Radio City Music Hall, to play eight farewell performances from March 17-21, 2010.
The performance schedule will be Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The opening night curtain on Wednesday, March 17 is 8 p.m.
Tickets for Riverdance will go on sale Sunday, December 6 at 10 a.m. Tickets range from $39.50 to $99.50. A limited number of VIP tickets will be available at $129.50, and will be available at www.radiocity.com/riverdance, all Ticketmaster outlets, phone charge (866-858-0008) and Ticketmaster.com.
“Since 1996, the success of Riverdance in North America has gone beyond our wildest dreams,” said producer Moya Doherty. “The fact that the show continues to draw and excite audiences 15 years after its debut in Dublin is a tribute to every dancer, singer, musician, staff and crew member who have dedicated themselves to the show.”
Composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Doherty and directed by John McColgan, to date, Riverdancehas played nearly 10,000 performances, been seen live by more than 22 million people in over 350 venues throughout 40 countries across four continents. They have traveled well over 600,000 miles (or to the moon and back!), played to a worldwide television audience of nearly two billion; sold over three million copies of the Grammy Award-winning CD (certified platinum in the U.S.) and over 10 million videos, making it one of the best-selling entertainment videos in the world.
Riverdance had its world premiere at the Point Theatre in Dublin, in February 1995, where it opened to unanimous critical acclaim.
What began as a seven-minute dance segment on the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest (televised to over 300 million people in Europe) and then quickly turned into a full-scale production has become much more than an international theatrical success.
There have been many milestones along the way including the distinction of being the largest western musical to play China; a record-breaking line of 100 Irish dancers mesmerizing 85,000 people at the 2004 Special Olympics in Dublin; a 10th anniversary celebration at Radio City Music Hall; dancing in Red Square and on the Great Wall of China and much more.
Of all the performances to emerge from Ireland in the past decade, nothing can compare to the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance. An innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song, Riverdancedraws on Irish traditions and the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music to the present day capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures. This extraordinarily unique show features an international company all performing to the magic of Bill Whelan’s music.
Riverdance has played to sold-out houses at Radio City five times (twice in 1996; 1997; 1998 and 2005) and has packed theaters throughout North America, Oceania, Asia and Europe. Riverdance also performed on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre for an unprecedented 18 months in 2000.