Previews begin March 3 at the Gershwin Theatre for Riverdance -- On Broadway, the celebration of Irish music, song and dance that has now been designed specifically for the Great White Way. Riverdance -- On Broadway opens March 16 and runs through June 25.
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 worksW.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 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 run $20 -$75, and $25 - $80 after opening and are now on sale at the Gershwin Theatre, located at West 50th Street and Eighth Avenue. To order tickets call Ticketmaster (212) 307-4100.