RIVERDANCE: A Heart-Stomping, Pure Spectacle

May 14
9:42 PM 2012

RIVERDANCE: A Heart-Stomping, Pure Spectacle

“When we opened RIVERDANCE and had it’s US premiere at Radio City Music Hall in New York in March 1996, we never thought for one minute that our show would still be running 15 years later,” said producer Moya Doherty. “

Doherty recently announced that the United States touring production of the internationally-acclaimed worldwide phenomenon will close in June, 2012. RIVERDANCE, part of the Broadway Season, will play in Philadelphia at the Merriam Theater FOR THE VERY LAST TIME, May 11 through 13 for five performances only! While the touring production in the U.S. will close on June 17, 2012, productions of RIVERDANCE will continue to tour the world.  Show and tour information can be found at www.riverdance.com

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!); RIVERDANCE had its world premiere at the Point Theatre, Dublin, in February 1995.

RIVERDANCE: A Heart-Stomping, Pure Spectacle

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.

“Our story begins in the evocation of the Riverwoman, it moves through the dawn of history as the river moves through the land. As the power of the river grows, as the barren earth becomes fertile, as men and women grow in their sense of themselves, our story rises until it floods the world in a vital, joyous riot of celebration.”

Leading this talented cast are principal dancers James Greenan & Alana Mallon joined by Caterina Coyne, Jason O’Neill, Callum Spencer and Chloey Turner.

RIVERDANCE: A Heart-Stomping, Pure Spectacle

There are numerous highlights of this touring cast: “Thunderstorm” is the brute power of elemental forces featuring several male dancers in a sophisticated ‘thunderous’ presentation.“Firedance”- In ancient Ireland fire and pride and beauty come out of the south, from the land of the sun. The power of the sun invests itself in the passion of the dancer beautifully executed by Riverdance Flamenco soloist, MaRita Martinez-Rey “Harbour of the New World – Trading Taps”- The wealth of the poor is in song, dance and story. Under the street-lamps in the new cities the dancers perform with pride in their heritage, curious to see what other traditions bring, struggling to bridge the gap between old dreams and new realities. Tappers Jason E. Bernard and Benjamin Mapp joyously fulfill this portion of the show much to the audiences’ delight. RIVERDANCE: A Heart-Stomping, Pure Spectacle

RIVERDANCE played at the Merriam Theater, 300 Broad St. Philadelphia through May 15th. Visit   www.kimmelcenter.org/broadway for more upcoming events.

Photo Credits: www.riverdance.com












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Pati Buehler Pati has been involved with various aspects of the theater from hosting large groups to Broadway shows in the early 90's to supporting various Broadway artists for charities such as the "Make A Wish Foundation", The Leukemia Society, and Gilda's Club, programs supporting fighting ovarian cancer. New York's Jane Ellisa's Shining Star Award for the Leukemia Society. In 2001, she began writing for various theater-based web sites from www.talkinbroadway.com, www.broadwayworld.com, and www.philly2philly.com.

Her passion is Arts and Education and Fundraising for Non Profit Organizations. In 2002 she teamed up with Broadway star Craig Schulman (Les Miserables/Phantom/Jekyll & Hyde) to put together a traveling Broadway in your school Workshop/Master Class program that has thrilled young artists and theater groups across the country.

She began producing live concert events as PB Entertainment in 2003 at various venues. From 2004-2006 she produced two seasons of professional events for Eastern High School Performing Arts Center, Voorhees, NJ including Neil Berg's "100 Years of Broadway", two Rockin' Oldies events, a Broadway cast Jazz Show and the Southern New Jersey Philharmonic Orchestra featuring Australian world class violinist Martin Lass and more. In 2013 Pati produced “Broadway Sings For Newtown” bringing 6 Broadway artists together to perform for the Newtown Conn. Community to benefit the “Healing Arts Foundation” and honoring all the families involved in the Sandy Hook School tragedy.

Venue Affiliations: Theater Reviews: Forrest Theater, Merriam Theater, Walnut Street Theater, The Academy of Music, The Kimmel Center, Peter Nero & the Philly Pops, Media Theater, Lenape Regional PAC, The Arden Theater, The Prince Music Theater, The Paper Mill Playhouse, The Bristol Riverside Theater, Commerce Bank Arts Center, Surflight Theater, Society Hill Playhouse, Philadelphia Theater Company and more.

Events Producer: Ritz Theater Company, Ocean City Music Pier, Collingswood Foundation For the Arts , Stafford Township Performing Arts Center, Mainstage Center for the Performing Arts , Eastern Center For the Performing Arts, Newtown Conn. Arts Festival.

Pati owns and manages PB Entertainment LLC. www.pbentertainment.com and is a director for a private fundraising company Fundagroup. www.fundagroup.com


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