LOS ANGELES - Riverdance-The Show, the original international phenomenon, will return to Los Angeles for a limited three-week run (Jan. 16-Feb. 4, 2001) at the Shubert Theatre in Century City. Riverdance, a celebration of Irish music, song and dance, focuses on the evolution of Irish dance and its similarities with, and influences on, other cultures. The show was originally conceived as a spectacular, seven-minute intermission entertainment for the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest televised throughout Europe to an audience of over 300 million viewers. Following the success of that performance, producer Moya Doherty, composer Bill Whelan and director John McColgan expanded the piece into a full-length stage production. Riverdance had its world premiere in Feb. 1995 at the Point Theatre, Dublin, where it opened to unanimous critical acclaim. To date, over ten million people world-wide have seen Riverdance live. In addition, more than 6.5 million people have purchased video versions of the show.
Bill Whelan won the 1997 Grammy Award for "Best Musical Show Album" for his original music and lyrics for Riverdance. There are presently two companies of the show touring the world and a production on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre in New York.
Tickets, which go on sale to the public Dec. 3, may be purchased by calling (800) 447-7400 or by visiting www.telecharge.com. The Shubert box office, located at 2020 Avenue of the Stars, will open at a later date.