Still need tickets to the Bangor show of Riverdance’s farewell tour? The Bangor Daily News is giving away three four-packs of tickets to see Riverdance at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 30, at the Bangor Auditorium. To enter, visit http://bangordailynews.com/riverdancecontest. Riverdance, the world renowned Irish step dancing show, is set to end its U.S. tour in June 2012.
“When we opened Riverdance 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. “Three years ago we embarked on our farewell tour, saying goodbye to every city in North America we have ever played in over the years, and next June 17, in our 16th year, this current production of Riverdance will end and we will say our final goodbye. It has been a source of immense pride for me as producer that America took Riverdance to its heart to such an amazing extent and I would like to pay tribute to every dancer, musician, singer and all the crew and staff who served Riverdance so well over the years.”
While the touring production in the U.S. will close on June 17, productions of Riverdance will continue to tour the world.
Composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Doherty and directed by John McColgan, to date, Riverdance has played more than 10,000 performances and been seen live by more than 22 million people in more than 350 venues throughout 40 countries across four continents. They have traveled more than 600,000 miles; sold more than 3 million copies of the Grammy Award-winning CD and 10 million-plus videos. 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 and 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 15th Anniversary celebration at Radio City Music Hall and dancing in Red Square and on the Great Wall of China.
Tickets for Riverdance range from $39-$49 and are available at the Bangor Auditorium Box Office by calling 990-4444 or 800-745-3000, online at ticketmaster.com and at all Ticketmaster outlets.