Riverdance: 20 Years

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Theatre review by Steve Duffy –


For being 20 years old, Riverdance is still filled to the brim with energy and extraordinary technical virtuosity.

The outstanding principles, Maggie Darlington, Lauren Smyth, Chloey Turner, Stephen Brennan, James Greenan, and Jason O’Neill are graceful, powerful, stylish masters of dance that clickety-clack without missing a step the entire show.

Act Two is definitely the better half of the show. My favorite number was “Trading Taps” a dance-off between the Riverdance principal dancers and the American Tappers. It showcased the difference in cultures and dance. The tappers, Michael Evertt and Christopher Broughton, were amazing!

In between the dance numbers, the musicians take center stage to showcase their amazing talents:  Pat Mangan on the fiddle, Mark Alfred on drums/Percussion, and Matt Bashford on the wind instruments

So as to not take the focus off the dancing, the stage is set with only a staired platform, a few chairs for the musicians and a massive drum set.

Also, at center stage is a large screen that displays basic images of landscapes and ethereal illustrations while a pre-recorded voice narrates the story.

Riverdance is an extremely lively and entertaining show that is perfectly family friendly.


Running Time with Intermission: 2 hr. (15 min intermission)

Riverdance is now playing at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre through May 15th.  Tickets are on sale at the Citi Center box office, through www.citicenter.org or by calling 800-982-ARTS (2787), or through Ticketmaster.

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