Music and Dance Spectacular Heartbeat of Home Begins Jan. 21 in Toronto

By Andrew Gans
21 Jan 2014

Following its world-premiere engagement and a sold-out run in Ireland and China, Heartbeat of Home — the new music and dance spectacular created by the producers and director of Riverdance — plays Toronto beginning Jan. 21. The production will also have engagements in Chicago, Detroit, Boston, New York City and Los Angeles.



Produced by Moya Doherty and conceived and directed by John McColgan with lyrics and narrative by award-winning Irish writer Joseph O’Connor, Heartbeat of Home showcases dancers from Ireland, USA, Australia, Britain, Canada, Italy, Mexico and Spain with choreography by David Bolger.

The cast of dancers follow: Ciara Sexton, Emma Warren, Olivia Griffin, Bobby Hodges, Jason O’Neill, Ryan McCaffrey, Ceili Moore, Gianna Petracic, Roisin Lyons, Natasia Petracic, Shaunessy Sinnett, Erin Trevena, Tom Brosnan, Blaine Donovan, Stephen Brennan, William Bryant, Fred Nguyen, Andy O’Reilly, Teneisha Bonner, Kieran Donovan, Renako McDonald, Rocio Montoya, Clare Craze, Curtis Angus, Stefano Domit, Vanessa Guevara and Angelo Gioffre.

Heartbeat, which features music penned by Golden Globe-nominated composer Brian Byrne, is described as a "tantalizing, high octane, sexy, music and dance extravaganza. This heart–stopping tour de force features the dynamic, vibrant components of traditional Irish, Latin and Afro-Cuban music and dance."

The creative team also includes John Carey (Irish dance choreography), Alan Farquharson (set design), David Torpey/Image Now (projection design), Peter Canning (lighting design), Ciaran Byrne (sound design), Monica Ennis and Niamh O’Connor (costumes styling) and Padraic Moyles (assistant director).

Current tour dates follow:

Toronto, Ontario: Ed Mirvish Theatre Jan. 21-March 2, 2014 

Chicago, IL: Oriental Theatre, March 4-16

Detroit, MI: Fisher Theatre, March 18-23

Boston, MA: Wang Theater, March 25-April 6

NYC & LA: Venues TBA, dates to be announced 

Tickets are available for all tour dates at www.HeartbeatOfHome.com.