Several cast and content changes have taken place at Riverdance-On Broadway, which is approaching its first anniversary on Broadway. Riverdance continues its open-ended run with no scheduled closing date, according to production sources.
As reported, bass-baritone Michel Bell has joined the cast of Riverdance-On Broadway. Correcting earlier reports, Bell is not directly replacing Irish pop star Brian Kennedy—in fact, Kennedy is replaced by four-year Riverdance veteran singer Michael Londra.
In addition, the African Choir is no longer part of the show. The new format of the show has Michel Bell singing the songs "Heal Their Hearts" and "Freedom." The song "Endless Journey," formally sung by Brian Kennedy, has been removed from the program.
Bell, who has appeared in Hal Prince’s Show Boat and Porgy in Porgy and Bess worldwide, was last on Broadway in Frank Wildhorn's The Civil War.. Bell's experience ranges from The Fifth Dimension vocal group to performing Stravinsky with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Having toured with the European production of Riverdance in the Far East, Bell started performing at the Gershwin Theatre on Jan. 10.
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