RIVERDANCE RETURNS TO ORLANDO AS A NEW ADDITION TO THE 2017 – 2018 FAIRWINDS BROADWAY IN ORLANDO SER
The 20th anniversary world tour of the international Irish dance phenomenon is a season add-on option, joining the previously announced roster of productions coming to Dr. Phillips Center next season
May 2, 2017 – Orlando, FL – The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Florida Theatrical Association and Broadway Across America announce the addition of Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour to the 2017 – 2018 FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando season. Back by popular demand, the show will play a strictly limited engagement at the art center’s Walt Disney Theater for 5 performances from Friday, January 26, 2018 – Sunday, January 28, 2018. FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando season subscribers will have first access to tickets starting today, Tuesday, May 2, 2017. Tickets will be made available to the general public at a later date to be announced. The return engagement of Riverdance is not included in the standard 2017 – 2018 FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando subscription package. For tickets, please visit OrlandoBroadway.com, or call the season subscriber hotline at 800.448.6322 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.). Tickets are also available in person at the Florida Theatrical Association Box Office, located at 100 S. Eola Drive, Suite 101 in downtown Orlando (Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.).
Celebrating an extraordinary milestone for an incredible show, The Edinburgh Evening News raves, “As for the flaws? Well, there simply aren’t any. Here’s to another 20 years!”
Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour is composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan. Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour will feature new costumes, new lighting, new projections and the addition of a brand new number, “Anna Livia,” featuring the female members of the Irish dance troupe in an a cappella hard-shoe number.
“The success of Riverdance across the whole world has gone beyond our wildest dreams,” said producer Moya Doherty. “The fact that the show continues to draw and excite audiences is a tribute to every dancer, singer, musician, staff and crew member who have dedicated themselves to the show. This 20th Anniversary Tour is a thank you to our audiences and a celebration of what has been an incredible journey across two decades.”
Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour is an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures. Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour has set design by Robert Ballagh, lighting design by John Comiskey, costume design by Joan Bergin and sound design by Michael O’Gorman.
For over 20 years, nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance. Riverdance began its journey as the interval act in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, produced for television by Moya Doherty. This electrifying and innovative seven minute dance piece was then developed into a full-length stage show by producer Moya Doherty, composer Bill Whelan and director John McColgan. With its fusion of Irish and International music and dance, the show broke all box office records during its world première run in Dublin in early 1995. When the show transferred to London the reaction was unprecedented. There followed a hugely successful tour starting in New York in March 1996, where 8 sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall heralded the start of 16 years of non-stop touring by Riverdance companies throughout North America. Since its inception Riverdance has packed theatres throughout North America, Oceania, Asia, Europe, South Africa and South America.
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The FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando 17/18 Season Line-Up:
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I: September 12 – 17, 2017
On Your Feet!: October 17 – 22, 2017
Love Never Dies: The Phantom Returns: November 21 – 26, 2017
The Book of Mormon: December 12 – 17, 2017*
School of Rock: December 26 – 31, 2017
Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary Tour: January 26 – 28, 2018*
Disney’s The Lion King: February 14 – March 11, 2018*
Waitress: March 20 – 25, 2018
Something Rotten!: April 24 – 29, 2018
Rent: June 5 – 10, 2018
*Season Add-On Option
Tickets for individual shows in the 2017 – 2018 season will be made available at a later date.
For more information on the 2017 – 2018 season and Broadway in Orlando, visit OrlandoBroadway.com.
FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando is presented in partnership with Broadway Across America and Florida Theatrical Association. FTA is a non-profit civic organization with a volunteer board of trustees established to ensure the continued presentation of quality touring Broadway productions and the promotion of arts education throughout the state of Florida. For more information, visit FloridaTheatrical.org .
Broadway Across America is part of The John Gore Organization family of companies, which includes Broadway.com and The Broadway Channel. Led by 9 time Tony-winning producer John Gore (Owner & CEO), BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America, operating in 41 markets with over 270,000 subscribers. Current and past productions include Beautiful, Cats, Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, Fiddler on the Roof, Finding Neverland, Million Dollar Quartet, Hairspray, On Your Feet!, School of Rock and The Producers. Broadway.com is the premier theater website for news, exclusive content and ticket sales. For more information please visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com and Broadway.com.
About the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization operating the state-of-the-art performing arts center in downtown Orlando, Florida. With its opening in November 2014, the performing arts center launched its vision of Arts for Every Life by being a gathering place for creativity and discovery; a vibrant urban destination where artists, audiences and students come to experience, explore and learn. The two-block community destination features the 2,700-seat Walt Disney Theater, 300-seat Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, Seneff Arts Plaza, Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts, the DeVos Family Room, and other event rental spaces. Future expansion includes Steinmetz Hall, a 1,700-seat acoustical theater, along with rehearsal, classroom, office space and commercial development spaces. The Dr. Phillips Center is a private non-profit collaborating with the City of Orlando, Orange County, the State of Florida and generous donors.