Riverdance -- On Broadway, a celebration of Irish music, song and dance, opens March 16 at the Gershwin Theatre. Designed specifically for the Great White Way, Riverdance -- On Broadway began previews March 3 and is scheduled to run through June 25; however, production sources have indicated that a ten-week extension of the show is going to be announced this weekend.
As reported earlier, Riverdance has previously played New York, but never Broadway specifically; past engagements in 1996, 1997 and 1998 have been at Radio City Music Hall, which was recently renovated.
Irish actor Liam Neeson's recorded voice will be featured in Riverdance -- On Broadway as he recites the works of W.B. Yeats, Seamus Heaney and Arthur O'Shaughnessy for the Gershwin Theatre production.
Champion dancers Pat Roddy and Eileen Martin will be featured among the 80 dancers, musicians and singers who have popularized the show around the world. In addition, Flamenco star Maria Pages, The Lion King's Tsidii Le Loka and Irish singer Brian Kennedy will be joining the production.
Produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan, Riverdance originated in 1995 at the Point Theatre in Dublin. Production sources indicate that 10 million people have seen Broadway and tour productions and that some 6.5 million videos of the show have been purchased. Riverdance composer and lyricist Bill Whelan won a Best Musical Show Album Grammy in 1997 for "Riverdance -- The Album."
Previews tickets have run $20 -$75. Regular tickets are $25 - $80 after the March 16 opening. The Gershwin Theatre is located at West 50th Street and Eighth Avenue. To order tickets call Ticketmaster (212) 307 4100.