END OF AN ERA! TOUR TO CLOSE FOLLOWING FINAL ENGAGEMENT AT WOLF TRAP - JUNE 15-17 – 5 SHOWS ONLY!
The producer of RIVERDANCE, Moya Doherty, has announced that the United States/North American touring production of the internationally-acclaimed worldwide phenomenon will play its final performances Friday, June 15 through Sunday, June 17, 2012 at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna, VA. Tickets are priced as low as $20 and are available online at www.wolftrap.org, by phone at 1(877)WOLFTRAP, or at the Wolf Trap Box Office located at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia.
RIVERDANCE has a very unique relationship with Wolf Trap. The show first performed there in June, 1997 and has returned virtually each year to sell out crowds. It was the very first show that Wolf Trap booked for more than one date; a risky decision at the time that ultimately paid off tremendously for both the company and Wolf Trap as an organization. When RIVERDANCE finishes the 8:00 PM show on Sunday, June 17, the company of 60 performers, staff and crew will have completed a final tour of a staggering 82 cities in the US and Canada) since February, and more than half a million people will have seen RIVERDANCE at Wolf Trap alone!
The show that started it all, RIVERDANCE, has been performing in the United States since March, 1996 when it had its U.S. premiere at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Since then, the show has tapped its way onto the world stage thrilling millions of people around the globe. While the touring production in the U.S. will close on June 17, 2012, productions of RIVERDANCE will continue to tour the world.
From Los Angeles to Louisville, Seattle to Boston, Chicago to Chattanooga or Memphis to Miami, the power of RIVERDANCE – its music and more than 50 stomping feet – has captured the hearts of millions.
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 22 million people in over 350 venues throughout 40 countries across 4 continents. They have traveled well over 600,000 miles (or to the moon and back!), played to a worldwide television audience of 2 billion; sold over 3 million copies of the Grammy Award-winning CD (certified Platinum in the US) 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, 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 throughout 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 15th Anniversary celebration at Radio City Music Hall; dancing in Red Square and on the Great Wall of China, two SRO engagements in South Africa 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.