2009 Last Chance to See Riverdance!

The farewell tour of RIVERDANCE, one of the all-time most popular shows in the history of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, is stopping in Nashville, February 24-March 1. This is the last chance for area residents to see the show as the tour is coming to an end within the year. The show’s final dates are booked on the west coast and in Europe.
RIVERDANCE, the thunderous celebration of Irish music, song and dance that has tapped its way onto the world stage thrilling millions of people around the globe, will play eight Farewell Performances at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, February 24-March 1 (featuring a special offer and activities for Kids’ Night on Broadway on Sunday, March 1).
“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 13 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 Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan, to date, RIVERDANCE has played over 10,000 performances, been seen live by more than 21 million people in over 300 venues throughout 32 countries across 4 continents. They have traveled well over 500,000 miles (or to the moon and back!), played to a worldwide television audience of nearly 2 billion; sold over 2.5 million copies of the Grammy Award-winning CD (certified Platinum in the US) and over 9 million videos making it one of the best-selling entertainment videos in the world! RIVERDANCE had its world premiere at the Point Theatre, Dublin, in February 1995, where it opened to unanimous critical acclaim.
“RIVERDANCE is one of the all-time, best-selling shows in the history of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center,” said Kathleen O’Brien, TPAC’s president and chief executive officer. “Of course, we had to book a stop on the farewell tour to give our audiences their last chance to see this extraordinary show in Nashville. From the colors, costumes, and staging to the exceptional talent and high energy of the dancers, singers, and musicians, RIVERDANCE is a grand celebration of Irish music, dance and culture with a sampler of other traditions, including African-American tap and Spanish flamenco. Whether it’s for the first time or a fond farewell, thousands of middle Tennessee audiences, of all ages, will enjoy their RIVERDANCE experience. We’re especially excited to offer Kids’ Night on Broadway, with special activities for children, at the final performance in TPAC.”
Kids’ Night on Broadway, Sunday March 1, at TPAC begins with activities for families in the lobby beginning at 5:30 p.m. prior to the 6:30 p.m. performance. Valid that evening only, patrons can receive one free ticket for a child with the purchase of one ticket for an adult, using the password KIDSNIGHT at any point of purchase for TPAC.
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.
“I believe RIVERDANCE has been basically a pathfinder,” said Niall O’Dowd, founder of Irish America Magazine and the Irish Voice newspaper. Along with the peace process in Northern Ireland and the economic miracle in Ireland proper, the show “has been a hugely important part of a transformation of the image of Ireland in the last 20 years.”
In a flash, RIVERDANCE became Ireland’s greatest ambassador and the thirst began. RIVERDANCE changed the face of Irish dance and despite its imitators, has remained on top and was voted the #1 Variety/Family Entertainment Show in the US (1998). 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, RIVERDANCE draws 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.
Tickets to RIVERDANCE range from $27-$70, depending on seat location and performance date. For tickets, visit the TPAC Box Office (Downtown or at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in The Mall at Green Hills), online at www.tpac.org/riverdance, or any Ticketmaster outlet, including area Kroger stores and Macy’s. Tickets may also be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 615/255-ARTS (2787). Discounts for groups of 10 or more are available by calling 615/782-4060 or contacting groups@tpac.org.
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