FEET, DON’T FAIL ME NOW
Brianna Doran, part of Riverdance’s 25th Anniversary Show, has perfected her footwork—and her staminaSTORY BY Page Leggett
Not every Eurovision act goes on to international superstardom. But some do. ABBA won the European songwriting competition in 1974. Celine Dion, Julio Iglesias and Olivia Newton-John all represented their home countries in the annual challenge.
And in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, a then-unknown Irish dance troupe performed as an interval act. Soon after, husband-and-wife production team John McColgan and Moya Doherty expanded it into a stage show that premiered—and broke box office records—in Dublin in 1995.
The exuberant show came to America—specifically, Radio City Music Hall in New York—in 1996 for eight sold-out shows. Since its premiere, Riverdance has been seen in more than 450 venues worldwide by more
than 25 million people, making it one of the most successful dance productions ever.
And now, a reinvigorated, 25th anniversary production is visiting Atlanta as it dances its way across North America. The touring production has all the energy and nonstop movement associated with the show, but innovative new lighting, projection, stage and costume designs are now in the mix.
DANCING SINCE SHE WAS 2
And a young woman from Raleigh, North Carolina will be living her dream by being part of the company. Brianna Doran joined last summer, took a break to finish school (she recently earned her associate’s degree in business) and has now rejoined.
Doran, 20, started dancing when she was 2. By 5, she’d picked up Irish dancing—characterized by its fast, intricate footwork and dancers maintaining a rigid upper body—and loved it right away. Her dad was born and raised in County Down, Ireland, so she has a familial connection to the art form.
Doran can’t recall how old she was when she saw Riverdance for the first time, but it was at her local theatre, the Durham Performing Arts Center, and she became “immediately obsessed with it.”
“It’s what really pushed me to keep going in Irish dance,” she said. “I remember, after seeing the show live, looking at all the YouTube videos and listening to the soundtrack. And ever since, I knew that being in Riverdance was my main goal. For me, it was going to be less the competitive side and more performing.”
That’s not to say she hasn’t competed. In 2017, she came in 45th in the global Irish Dance Championship. In the United States, she placed third in our Southern region in 2021 and 2019 and second in 2018.
SO MANY EMOTIONS
Doran appreciates more than just the fancy footwork; she likes the history Riverdance conveys. “There’s a whole story involved with Riverdance and so many different emotions,” she said. “Act I is all about Irish myth and legend. In Act II—called ‘Departing to New Lands’—we introduce flamenco, tap and dervish.”
Riverdance represents the pinnacle for anyone in Irish dancing interested in performing, Doran said. Her training ground: the Triggle Academy of Irish Dance in Raleigh. “My teachers there have helped me tremendously,” she said. “They both were in Riverdance, and one – Andrew O’Reilly—will be on tour with me, as well.”
When we spoke, she was in Raleigh rehearsing. “I’m going over the choreography and drills and making sure my stamina is perfect,” she said. The word stamina came up repeatedly in our conversation. It’s essential
for every member of the company. “I make sure I’m physically fit and eating correctly,” Doran said of her training regimen. “It’s like training for a marathon, basically.”
For all the artistry and storytelling that are part of Irish dance, it’s also— and maybe first and foremost—athletic. “I don’t know of any sport more strenuous than Irish dancing,” Doran said. “It’s physically exhausting. It’s just the constant pounding on your feet.”
While each dancer is responsible for learning the choreography in advance, it becomes very collaborative once they join the tour. “It’s on you to make sure you have that stamina, but everyone is very supportive of each other once we all come together,” Doran said.
“When you’re spending all that time together, you get very close to people; they start to feel like family,” she added. About 30 people are part of the “Lee” company, including the four-piece band. (Every Riverdance company is named after a river in Ireland. This company is named for the River Lee in County Cork.) So, the 30 comprise one big family.
Doran said she thrives on the energy she gets from an audience and the fans she sometimes meets after the show. “After one performance last year, there were a bunch of young kids that came up to me who said they wanted to learn Irish dance,” she said. “My love for it really started because of seeing this show, and I love that children today are also being inspired. Everyone who sees it for the first time is completely amazed.”Riverdance - 25th Anniversary Show Photo by Jack Hartin, 2020
ABHANN PRODUCTIONS Presents
Costume Designer JOAN BERGIN
For HIGH RES Lead Designer PETER CANNING Lighting Designer ANDREW VOLLER Poetry Written by THEO DORGAN
Sound Designer MICHAEL O’GORMAN Set Designer ALAN FARQUHARSON Motion Graphics COSMO AV
Orchestrations by NICK INGMAN and BILL WHELAN Press Representative POLK & CO.
The Riverdance Irish Dance Troupe
Will Bryant, Maggie Darlington, Amy-Mae Dolan, Anna Mai Fitzpatrick, Fergus Fitzpatrick, Matthew Gardiner
Brandon Asazawa, Belle Brenton, Kieran Bryant, Morgan Bullock, Gerard Byrne, Keeva Corry, Sean Crosby, Courtney D’Angelo, Brianna Doran, Michael Gardiner, Sarah Gaughran, Ronan Kelly, Meadhbh Kennedy, Jordan McCormick, Emily McFadden, Faith Moore, Olivia Nachtigal, Andy O’Reilly, Cian Porter, Dylan Schloss, Zoe Talbot, Mairead Trainor, Ellie-Mae Wheeler
The Riverdance Band
Mark Alfred Drums / Percussion / Bodhrán/ Musical Director Cathal Croke Uilleann Pipes / Low Whistle Haley Richardson Fiddle Hannah Riches Saxophone
The Riverdance Singers and Drummers Members of the Company
The Riverdance Flamenco Soloist Rocio Dusmet
The Riverdance Russian Folk Dance Troupe
Elena Macovei, Stefan Mircea, Ana Turcan, Eugeniu Turcan
The Riverdance Tappers Lamont Brown, Dharmesh Patel
Poetry Narrated by John Kavanagh
ORIGINAL PRINCIPAL IRISH DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL FLATLEY ORGINAL CHOREOGRAPHY BY MAVIS ASCOTT, JEAN BUTLER, JOHN CAREY, BRENDAN DE GALLAI, COLIN DUNNE, CAROL LEAVY JOYCE, EILEEN MARTIN, PAULA NIC CIONNATH, MARIA PAGES, TARIK WINSTON
RIVERDANCE 25th ANNIVERSARY SHOW
REEL AROUND THE SUN
The Riverdance Male Irish Dance Principal & Troupe
Original Choreography: Michael Flatley
THE HEART’S CRY
The Riverdance Singers
THE COUNTESS CATHLEEN
The Riverdance Female Irish Dance Principal, Troupe and Folk Dance Troupe
Original Choreography: Jean Butler, Moscow Folk Ballet Company
CAOINEADH CHÚ CHULAINN (LAMENT)
The Riverdance Irish Piper
The Riverdance Male Irish Dance Principal & Troupe
Original Choreography: Michael Flatley
Flamenco Soloist and the Riverdance Male Irish Dance Troupe
Original Choreography: Maria Pagés, Colin Dunne
The Folk Dance Troupe and the Riverdance Singers
Original Choreography: Moscow Folk Ballet Company restaged by Svetlana Malinina
SLIP INTO SPRING - THE HARVEST
The Riverdance Musicians
The Riverdance Irish Dance Principals, Troupe, Singers & Drummers
Original Choreography: Mavis Ascott, Michael Flatley (Irish Dance Step Choreography), Jean Butler (Female Solo Choreography)
RIVERDANCE 25th ANNIVERSARY SHOW
The Irish Dance Troupe
Original Choreography: Michael Flatley, Paula Nic Cionnath (Set Dance Consultant)
LIFT THE WINGS
The Riverdance Singers
The Riverdance Male Irish Dance Principal & Male Troupe and the American Tappers
Original Choreography: Colin Dunne, Tarik Winston
MACEDONIAN MORNING /THE DERVISH
The Riverdance Musicians & the Folk Dance Troupe
Original Choreography Dervish: Moscow Folk Ballet Company restaged by Svetlana Malinina
RITMOS DEL CORAZON/ANDALUCÍA
The Flamenco Soloist, the Riverdance Male Irish Dance Principal, the Riverdance Drummer
Original Choreography: Colin Dunne, Maria Pagés
The Riverdance Female Irish Dance Principal & Troupe
Original choreography: John Carey. Additional text adapted from James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake by Bill Whelan
SLOW AIR & TUNES
The Riverdance Musicians
HOME AND THE HEARTLAND/ HEARTLAND
The Riverdance Irish Dance Principals and Troupe and the Riverdance Singers
Original Choreography: Michael Flatley, Colin Dunne, Jean Butler
Story by Bill Whelan, Moya Doherty and John McColgan. Music and Lyrics by Bill Whelan. Original Principal Irish Dance Choreography: Michael Flatley
At certain performances, alternative principal performers will dance the principal roles. Cast and content may be subject to change without prior notice.
RIVERDANCE CAST & BAND
THE RIVERDANCE IRISH DANCE TROUPE
The Riverdance Irish Dance Troupe are world-class Irish dancers. They hail mostly from Ireland, but also from Britain, the United States, Canada and Australia. Between them the dancers can boast of hundreds of championships won in Ireland and abroad. Most started dancing at three or four years of age at local dance schools and progressed to world championship level before being chosen to perform in Riverdance. The dancers would have known and competed against each other at various competitions, including the World Championships. Riverdance has given them the opportunity to perform together for the first time in a non-competitive way. The grace and eloquence of their soft-shoe dance and the power and precision of their hard-shoe routines clearly display the endless hours of practice and their dedication to the art of Irish Dance.
THE RIVERDANCE PRINCIPAL DANCERS FEMALE LEAD DANCERS
Maggie began dancing with the Claddagh School of Irish Dance in California. She won four North American Championships, two All-Ireland Championships and in 2007 won the World Irish Dancing Championships. In 2010 Maggie performed the lead role in Busch Gardens’ production Celtic Fyre and originated the lead female role in Battle of the Dance. She joined the cast of Riverdance in 2011 and became a Principal Dancer, touring extensively with the show in North America and internationally. She was a Principal dancer with Heartbeat
of Home. Maggie was most recently involved with the dance production for the film Riverdance The Animated Adventure
AMY MAE DOLAN
Amy Mae from Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland danced for the Carson Kennedy Academy in Belfast. She won the World Irish Dance Championships and many other major titles. On completion of the Riverdance Summer School she achieved her lifelong ambition to join Riverdance in 2016. AmyMae featured in the BBC’s Born to Riverdance which followed her journey to become the Principal Dancer in the cinema release of the Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show filmed in the 3Arena Dublin. AmyMae is a reformer Pilates instructor and creates content for her YouTube channel and Instagram. She would like to thank her family, friends and teachers for their continued love and support and everyone involved in Riverdance for their unrelenting inspiration and endless encouragement.
ANNA MAI FITZPATRICK
Anna Mai began her dance journey at the age of four and danced competitively for sixteen years alongside her brother Fergus. She knew from a young age that Irish Dance was her passion. She won many major championships including the All-Ireland Championships, Great Britain Championships and the British Nationals. Anna Mai joined Riverdance and toured China with the fantastic cast which included her brother Fergus. She moved into the principal role in 2020 and toured extensively with the 25th Anniversary Production including the UK national tour, Expo Dubai, the North American
tour and most recently in Dublin, Ireland. Anna Mai has also toured with Heartbeat of Home and made her debut as Principal Dancer in the famous Piccadilly Theatre in London’s West End.
MALE LEAD DANCERS
Born in Sydney, Australia, Will trained with the Halloran Dance School in Irish, ballet, contemporary and tap from the age of four. Will performed lead roles in musical productions and made regular appearances on TV. At university he studied for a Bachelor of Music and is an accomplished guitarist. An ambitious athlete, Will is studying personal training on and off tour. Following an impressive competitive Irish dance career, placing top-three internationally and winning state and national titles, he went on to perform with Celtic Illusion and Heartbeat of Home. In 2014 he joined Riverdance and has toured worldwide. Will is thrilled to be part of the lead team.
Fergus from Co. Meath, Ireland discovered his passion for dance at the age of eight. With his sister Anna Mai, he grew up competing internationally in Irish dancing competitions. Under the tutelage of Holly and Kavanagh Academy of Irish Dance, Fergus achieved his dream of becoming a World Champion in 2017. He joined Riverdance performing in the renowned Gaiety Theatre Dublin. As a Principal Dancer he has performed in many prestigious venues including Radio City Music Hall, New York and the Hammersmith Apollo, London. His other productions include Heartbeat of Home in London’s Piccadilly Theatre and The Palladium. Fergus is grateful for the continued support of his friends and his family.
Matthew began Irish dancing in Denver, Colorado and moved to Galway, Ireland and continued dancing under the Hession School of Irish Dance. He won 30 major championship titles, including 3 World championships. With his brother Michael, they created Irish dancing history when they won their respective World titles in the same year. Matthew attended the Riverdance Summer School and was selected to join Riverdance in 2017. He performed in the Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show in the 3Arena, Dublin (2020), on the UK National Tour (2021) and North American Tour (2022) and joined the lead team at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin. Matthew and his brother Michael showcase their creative side with @ gardinerbrothers and they have over 350 million views on social media. Matthew is a qualified Civil Engineer from the National University of Ireland, Galway and a championship winner in tennis, soccer and basketball.
THE RIVERDANCE BAND
MARK ALFRED (Drums, Percussion, Bodhrán and Musical Director)
Mark Alfred from Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan, Ireland studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Performing Arts College, Dublin. He is most recognized as being the Musical Director, drummer and percussionist in Riverdance. His ability to cross so many genres coupled with a unique and energetic style has made him one of Europe’s most sought-after and highly regarded drummers and percussionists of today. Mark has worked with Lionel Richie, Simply Red, Katie Melua, Josh Groban, The Corrs, Imelda May, Paddy Moloney (The Chieftains), The Divine Comedy, Mary Coughlan, Ronan Keating, Westlife, Girls Aloud, Donny Osmond and the late Christy Hennessy. Mark
recorded drums and percussion on Bill Whelan’s Riverdance 25th Anniversary album. He made his debut on London’s West End with the hit show Come From Away at London’s Phoenix theatre. Mark proudly endorses: Pearl Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, Vater Drumsticks, Protection Racket Cases, Sensaphonics, and Porter and Davies Thrones.
CATHAL CROKE (Uilleann Pipes and Whistles) Dublin born uilleann piper Cathal Croke, a Senior All Ireland Champion and Honours Graduate in Music from the University of Limerick, has performed at festivals and toured with productions in numerous countries spanning five continents. He has played for two Presidents of Ireland, was recorded by RTÉ, has shared the stage with Ralph McTell and was recorded in the Hollywood production, There You’ll Find Me starring actors Vanessa Redgrave and Patrick Bergin, music scored by Timothy Williams. Touring with Heartbeat of Home from 2018, Cathal has performed in the London Palladium and later in 2019 in the West End run in the Piccadilly Theatre. LondonTheatre Direct“Special mention to Cathal Croke for a particularly haunting solo on the uilleann pipes”. More recently, he was appointed as the Musical Director of a new Irish music and dance show. He debuted with Riverdance in the Gaiety Theatre Dublin in 2019 and then toured with the show in Minneapolis and Chicago, on the UK national tour and at Expo Dubai. Cathal is honoured to be performing with the Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show
Haley Richardson is a virtuosic musician who has garnered many prestigious awards, including multiple championships at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann (All Ireland
Championships), numerous MidAtlantic Championships, and the coveted Fiddler of Dooney awards (2015 and 2018). She brings a rare dynamism and energy to her music, informed by thorough knowledge of the form, mastery of her instrument, and trailblazing, show-stopping technique and emotion evident in every note. Haley’s most recent album, When the Wind Blows High and Clear, with Quinn Bachand, was nominated for 2020 Ensemble of the Year by the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Haley appeared in the cinema release of Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show at the 3Arena, Dublin, and was invited by Bill Whelan, to record on the Riverdance 25th Anniversary Album. www.HaleyRichardsonMusic.com @haleyrichardson.music
Hannah Riches is a freelance saxophonist and woodwind player based in London having studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She predominantly works in musical theatre, most recently touring the UK with Dreamgirls Hannah has also worked with the Mariinksy Theatre Orchestra, Chineke Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra. Her saxophone quartet Marici Saxes has performed across Europe and in 2019 toured China. The group have broadcast live on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune programme and have amassed nearly 2 million views of their popular YouTube videos.
THE RIVERDANCE DERVISH ENSEMBLE
The Riverdance Folk Dance Ensemble combines elegance and grace with verve, dynamism and joyous physicality. The company’s dancers come from a diverse mix of cultural backgrounds and from many different countries throughout Eastern Europe. What they have in
common is a dedication to dance and many years of training and performance in pursuit of perfection in their chosen art. Working as individual performers, they have come together for Riverdance, where they will share their individual talents and fuse the many elements that have gone into the development of their own unique style of dance.
THE RIVERDANCE FLAMENCO SOLOIST ROCIO DUSMET
Born in Madrid, Spain Rocio began her professional career when she was eight years old. She graduated from the Royal Professional Conservatory of Dance Mariemma in the specialty of Spanish Dance in Madrid. In 2012 Rocio was awarded the Spanish Dance Prize at the XVI National Call for Dance City of Castellón. Rocio has toured France, China, Mexico, Colombia, Italy, Russia, Latvia and the United Arab Emirates as a dancer in the companies of Aida Gómez, Ibérica de Danza, Ballet Carmen Mota, Compañía Jesús Lozano, Inc. Ángel Manarre, and soloist dancer at the Festival d’Avignon. Her most recent work as a dancer and actress includes the musicals Dirty Dancing, Disney Mickey’s Music Festival and the Circus of Horrors
THE RIVERDANCE TAPPERS LAMONT BROWN
Lamont is excited to be back with Riverdance 25th Anniversary show. He performed as Andy Lee in the national tour of 42nd Street, featuring the iconic choreography by Randy Skinner. He worked on Norwegian Cruise Line performing Warren Carlyle’s choreography as a Tap Brother in After Midnight. He has most recently been seen in the World Premiere of Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz at Paper mill Playhouse and the Broadway National Tour of White Christmas. His regional work includes Hairspray, Singin’ in the Rain
and Jared Grimes’ new production of 42nd Street at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts in Minnesota and Drury Lane Theatre in Chicago. He has been fortunate enough to work alongside some of New York’s most sought-after theatre choreographers, including Denis Jones, Al Blackstone, Lorin Latarro, Jeff Whiting, Jason Sparks, Richard J. Hinds, Dewitt Fleming, Shannon Lewis, Mary Anne Lamb and Lisa Gajda. Lamont is a New York-based performer and choreographer. Graduate of the Dance Theatre Conservatory at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. Proud member of the Actors Equity Association. @LamontBrownNyc LamontBrownNyc.com
Dharmesh Patel graduated from the Doreen Bird Performing Arts College in 2007. Since graduating he has performed in numerous operas for the English National Opera and the Royal Opera House and at Buckingham Palace, London for King Charles III. He starred on Sky 1’s Got to Dance as a semi-finalist and he’s also a member of Plague, who won the World Hip Hop International Championships in both 2005 and 2011. He was one of the original cast in Bodyguard the Musical in London’s West End and has choreographed and performed for Cirque Du Soleil.
BILL WHELAN COMPOSER
Bill Whelan has composed music for theatre, film and orchestra. His 1997 Grammy Award-winning music Riverdance continues to be performed around the world. To coincide with the 25th anniversary tour, Bill completed a new studio recording of the music from Riverdance, released by Decca/ Universal Records, featuring many of the young musicians who play the music live with the show. He
also recently finished recording a new score for the animated feature film, Riverdance: The Animated Adventure. His orchestral works include: The Seville Suite, Spirit Of Mayo, The Connemara Suite and Linen & Lace. His musical settings of the literary works of Irish writers include the poetry of WB Yeats, Paul Muldoon, Derek Mahon, Tom McIntyre, Frank McGuinness and Paul Durcan. His music for film includes scores for Dancing At Lughansa starring Meryl Streep, Some Mother’s Son featuring Helen Mirren and Lamb with Liam Neeson. As a producer in the studio he has worked with U2, Van Morrison, Kate Bush, Richard Harris, The Dubliners, Planxty, Andy Irvine, Davy Spillane and Bulgarian/ Irish band, East Wind. Bill is a Fellow of the Royal College of Music and holds two honorary doctorates. He is an Honorary Freeman of the City of Limerick, where he was born.
MOYA DOHERTY PRODUCER
Moya Doherty’s career encompasses the creative industries, theatre, radio and television production and presentation, both in Ireland and internationally. She fronted a number of Arts, Features and documentary programmes for RTÉ. As Executive Producer, Moya produced a number of charity Telethons, the Eurovision Song Contest and the televising of the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics held in Ireland in 2003. Moya developed the original concept for Riverdance and was the Commissioning Producer for the Eurovision Song Contest of 1994. Moya has sat on a number of arts related Boards including seven years as Chair of the Dublin International Theatre Festival, The Abbey Theatre, The Ark Children’s Theatre in Dublin, Business to Arts and Walnut Hill Arts School in Massachusetts. Moya has received numerous awards and accolades over the years, including
the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and Honorary Doctorates from the University of Ulster, University College Dublin & from the National University of Ireland in recognition of her ongoing commitment to the world of the arts in Ireland Since 2014 she has been Chair of the RTE Public Service Media Board.
JOHN MCCOLGAN DIRECTOR
John McColgan is a multi-awardwinning producer and director. He was Head of Entertainment (RTÉ Television), Head of Weekend Entertainment (ITV/TVAM) and was awarded a Jacob’s Television Award (1980). He played a key role in the evolution of Riverdance from the original seven-minute dance number to the full stage show. He is founding director of Tyrone Productions whose productions include: Quirke (BBC), Beckett on Film (C4), The Hunger (RTE/ARTE), David Brophy’s Choir Series (RTE) and Born to Riverdance (BBC). John served as Chairman of the Abbey Theatre Centenary Committee and directed a critically acclaimed production of Dion Boucicault’s melodrama The Shaughraun. He produced a major theatrical event marking the State visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Ireland (2011). John is the director of Heartbeat of Home which premiered in Dublin (2013), toured in North America and China and played in London’s West End (2019). He holds an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the National University of Ireland. John is an accomplished photographer and is an Ambassador for Trócaire, one of Ireland’s largest development agencies. His recent work includes the documentary This Is Palestine and a book of his photography Looking at the Same Moon.
PADRAIC MOYLES EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/ASSOCIATE
Born in Dublin, Ireland Padraic emigrated to New York when he was nine years old. At the age of twelve he starred as the principal actor in the Off-Broadway production of Grandchild of Kings, directed by Harold Prince. Dancing under the tutelage of Donny Golden, he joined Riverdance in 1997, going on to become Dance Captain and Principal Dancer. He was nominated for an Ovation Award for his leading role in the show. In 2006 he joined the Broadway production of The Pirate Queen as Dance Captain before returning to Riverdance in 2008. He has had the privilege to perform for a number of heads of state and notable individuals from around the world, including Michelle Obama and Queen Elizabeth II. Padraic is also proud to be the Executive Producer/ Director for the international show Heartbeat of Home which has toured China, North America and played in London’s West End. He was Dance Director and a choreographer on Riverdance: The Animated Adventure Padraic would like to give special thanks to his wife Niamh, his children Juliette-May and Harrison Rhys, his father, brothers and sister for their continued support. He dedicates all his work to his late mother Christine Moyles.
Juniper Street Productions is Hillary Blanken, Chris Batstone, Joseph DeLuise, Guy Kwan, Ana Rose Greene, Victoria Bullard, Ross Leonard, Sadie Alisa and Hannah Wilson. Over the last 20 years, JSP has helped create over 130 Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, over 20 national tours, and numerous Las Vegas productions. Current and selected shows include: Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Moulin Rouge!, Tina, Beautiful, The Band’s Visit, The Color Purple, Fun Home, King Kong, Memphis, The Producers, Spider-Man and Waitress.
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR STAFF
North American Press Representative
Polk & Co. – Matt Polk, Kelly Stotmeister, Colgan McNeil, Alex Seeley
Production Manager Juniper Street Productions Company Manager Ryan Parliment
Associate Company Manager Oran Ostinelli
Production Stage Manager Aaron Kennedy
Technical Stage Manager Grainne McKnight
Deputy Technical Stage Manager Diarmuid O’Dwyer (Feb 11 – Apr 5)
Irish Dance Captains Amy-Mae Dolan, Andy O’Reilly, Meadhbh Kennedy
Dervish Dance Captain Ana Turcan
Head Carpenter Timothée Courouble
Head Electrician Landon Robinson
Assistant Electrician/Relighter Dominic White
Assistant Electrician Jack Blackstock
Production Sound Kevin McGing
Head Sound/Monitors Isaac Sheppard
Assistant Sound/FOH Mixer Justin McIntyre
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RIVERDANCE DUBLIN PRODUCTION OFFICE
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General Manager Sean O’Brien
Marketing Manager Mary Keatley O’Donnell Marketing Executive Jason O’Neill
Costume Shop Supervisor Monica Ennis
Accountants Ciaran Evans, Dominick Tighe
Senior Executive Producer
Julian Erskine (1995-2020)
Set Design Mary Morrow, Robert Ballagh
Lighting Design Andrew Leonard, Rupert Murray,
Lighting Design Benjamin Pearcy, John Comiskey
Costumes for Riverdance Eurovision 1994 Margaret Crosse
Costumes for Riverdance – The Show Jen Kelly
Projection Dick Straker, Chris Slingsby
Projection Animation Benjamin Pearcy
POETRY AND MUSIC
Riverdance Poetry Theo Dorgan
Spoken by John Kavanagh
Music orchestrations by Nick Ingram and Bill Whelan
Riverdance soundtrack recorded by Brian Whelan, Brian Masterson and Andrew Boland. Riverdance soundtrack mixed by Brian Masterson.
THE PRODUCER WOULD LIKE TO GIVE SPECIAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT TO: RTÉ Commercial Enterprises Limited
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1 Please arrive early. Latecomers may not be seated until intermission.
2 Take care of personal needs (water, restroom use) before the performance begins.
3 Please silence or turn off all electronic devices, including cellphones, beepers and watch alarms. We encourage you to share your experience via social media but please refrain from doing so or texting during performances. The glow from your device is distracting.
4 Most shows do not allow photography of any kind. Flash photography inside the theater is never allowed. It distracts those around you and endangers the performers.
5 The overture is part of the performance. Please cease talking at this point.
6 Dear lovebirds, when you lean your heads together, you block the view of those behind you. Please consider those seated behind you when choosing whether to wear a hat or what hairstyle you choose.
7 Please refrain from talking, humming or singing along with the show, except when encouraged to do so by the artists or show.
8. Please wait for an appropriate moment to dig something out of your pocket or bag.
9 Go easy with the perfume and cologne, many people are highly allergic.
10 If you need assistance during the show, please go to your nearest volunteer usher. If additional assistance is needed, the usher will get the appropriate person to further help you
The Fox Theatre organ, affectionately called “Mighty Mo” is performed by Ken Double. To learn more about the Fox’s historic organ, reserve a Mighty Mo Organ tour at foxtheatre.org/tours.
THE FOX THEATRE
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Edward L. White Chair Robyn Barkin Chair Elect
Mark C. Adams, Latanza Adjei, Clara Axam, Keith O. Cowan, Renee Dye, Ryan Halpern, Larry Hanson, Doug Hooker, Dr. Richard Kannwischer, Barbara King, Lauren Koontz, Sonjui Kumar, Jay Myers, Ivan Shammas, Howard Smith, Scott Taylor
Tony Aeck, John Busby Jr., Beauchamp Carr, Rodney Cook, Ada Lee Correll, Richard Courts, Jere Drummond, Richard Flinn, Julia Grumbles, Sheffield Hale, John Holder, Walt Huntley, Edward Hutchison, Craig Jones, Steve Koonin, Charles Lawson, Starr Moore, Joseph Myers, Edgar Neiss, Carl Patton, Glen Romm, Sylvia Russell, Nancy Simms, Preston Stevens Jr., Clyde Tuggle, Carolyn Wills
A fully restored 1929 “movie palace,” the Fox Theatre, with 4,665 seats, is a multipurpose facility, housing Broadway shows, ballets, comedies, concerts, movies and private corporate events.
The Fox Theatre has three private rental spaces, accommodating 25 to 1,200 guests. Our Egyptian Ballroom and Grand Salon are beautifully decorated and can be set up to your specifications. The Landmarks Lounge is adjacent to the lobby and is perfect for a small pre-show and intermission event. To book your “Fabulous Fox” evening, please call 404-881-2057 or send an email to email@example.com
TICKET OFFICE HOURS
Ticket Office hours are Friday 10:00 AM-5:00 PM and Saturday 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. The ticket office will open approximately 3 hours before doors on show days. Doors to the Fox Theatre open one hour before showtime. Tickets for all performances may be purchased online at www.foxtheatre.org, or by calling 855-285-8499, or visiting the Fox Theatre Ticket Office during the times listed above.
The Fox Theatre Group Sales Department offers discounts to groups for most Broadway shows. It is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call 404-881-2000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Concession stands are located in the Spanish Room, main lobby and on the mezzanine lobby level.
Restrooms are located off the main lobby (downstairs), mezzanine lobby levels and the Gallery level. Accessible restroom facilities are in the Spanish Room; accessible/ Family restrooms are located through the office door in the main lobby.
Tour schedules vary – please visit the Fox Theatre website for updated information regarding tour dates at www.foxtheatre.org
LOST AND FOUND
Lost and found items are turned in to the event staff’s office. To check on lost items, please call 404-881-2119. Lost and found items will be retained for 30 days.
In the event of an emergency, and for your safety, please follow the directions provided by the Fox Theatre staff.
In accordance with the Fulton County Clean Air Ordinance, the Fox Theatre is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas.
The Fox Theatre strives to make events accessible to all guests. If you need assistance during your visit please ask for one of our Event Staff members. The Fox Theatre offers the use of wheelchairs, listening devices and booster seats at no additional charge. Our ambassadors will assist you to special restroom accommodations. Note: Steep steps lead to all seats on the upper levels. For assistance or more information, please call the Event Staff’s office at: 404-881-2100
To purchase accessible seating at the Fox Theatre please call 404-881-2016 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. MondayFriday or 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. A Ticket Office associate will be happy to help you. Ticket buyers may also visit the ticketing site at www.foxtheatre.org.
Elevators are at the north end of each lobby and are available during all performances. They make it possible to access each lobby without using the stairs. Patrons should be aware that access to upper seating areas do involve stairs.
Parking is available within a four-block radius in all directions of the Fox Theatre. Advanced reserved parking is available for sale at the Fox Ticket Office or by calling 855-285-8499. The Fox Theatre assumes no responsibility for vehicles parked in any of the privately owned lots operating in the Fox Theatre district.
All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket to be admitted to the theater. Not all events are suitable for children. Infants will not be admitted to adult programs/ performances. Parents will be asked to remove children who create a disturbance.
• Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of management in conjunction with the wishes of the producers.
• Please turn off all pagers and cellphones before each performance.
• Camera and recording devices are strictly prohibited. Backstage employees are represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.)
MARQUEE CLUB PRESENTED BY LEXUS
A stunning 10,000 square feet of exclusive space located on the northeast side of the theatre, the Marquee Club has access to the fabulous rooftop terrace overlooking the iconic Fox marquee and Peachtree Street. The Marquee Club is the perfect way to elevate your experience at the Fox. The club can be accessed through one of the annual membership options or on a per-event basis, as space allows. Entry to the club must accompany a ticket to the proceeding performance. For more information on club access, visit foxtheatre.org/MarqueeClub or call 404-881-2024
FRIENDS OF THE FOX
Members of the Fox Theatre’s Friends of the Fox program help support the Fox Theatre Institute, the theater’s community engagement arm. The Fox Theatre’s legend lives on through their generosity, supporting the theater, the city of Atlanta and communities across Georgia. To learn more about the Friends of the Fox membership program, please visit www.foxtheatre.org/support-us, email email@example.com, or call 404.881.2023.
The Fox Theatre would like to thank the following Friends of the Fox who have given at the Legend ($10,000), Marquee ($5,000), Encore ($2,500) and Entourage ($1,000) levels:
The Allard Family
Drew Eckl & Farnham Gary Martin Hays & Sheri Hays
Michelle Love & Matt Chambless Michael Crew
Lowery & Associates Land Surveying, LLC Adam Malone
Melinda & Christopher Barber
Mary Ann & John Busby George E. Butler II
Michael & Brad Colasso
Ira & Talmer Curry, Jr.
Latanza & Solomon Adjei
Dr. Laura Braswell DDS
Ashley Cunningham Joy & Ritchie Dickey
Cindy & Steve Ensor
David M. Green Susan Atkinson Gregory Holder Properties
Jamie Medalie Longhurst Ripple IT
Margaret Ann Ross
Carrie & Scott Taylor
Nicole & Allan Vella ZIBEX, Inc.
Joanne & Walter Huntley
Renee Dye & Shyam Reddy
Janet & Jarel F. Rush
Carrie & Bryan Williams
Harold Brody & Donald Smith
Carole Cole Musarra
Catie & Ewald Ramp
Susan Starr Douglas Walker
Carolyn Lee Wills Dorothy B. Ziemer
FOX FUN FACTS
FOG DELAYED STONES, BETTE MIDLER’S GHOST AND TURNING THE STAGE INTO AN
Atlanta’s Fox Theatre has played host to many world-renowned artists, from the Rolling Stones and Lynyrd Skynyrd, to Bette Midler and Widespread Panic. In July 1976, in fact, Lynyrd Skynyrd performed for three consecutive nights, recording the album One More From the Road and donating $5,000 toward the Save the Fox campaign. In February 1993, the band played another three nights, one of which was broadcast on pay-per-view television. Here are a few other rockin’ fun facts:
• The Rolling Stones have performed at the Fox twice, to date. In June 1978, the show was first billed as “the Cockroaches,” so as not to reveal too early the true identity of the performers.
• The Stones next appeared Oct. 26, 1981, playing for a standingroom-only crowd. As history has it, the bandmates traveled to Savannah for a day-trip and, due to dense fog in Atlanta, their return flight was rerouted to Macon. The show began 90 minutes late.
• Bette Midler was scheduled for a three-night gig in February 1983. According to longtime Atlanta concert promoter Alex Cooley
(who died in 2016), when she reached her dressing room she claimed that someone had died there, that it was haunted and she would not perform. The Divine Miss M was moved to another dressing room and, apparently content enough, agreed to go onstage.
• On New Year’s Day 2005, Broadway on Ice ice-skating pros Nancy Kerrigan and Rudy Galindo took to the stage, along with Broadway’s Leslie Uggams (a Tony Award winner for Hallelujah, Baby! ). Creating an impromptu ice rink was an overnight process that called for spraying the stage with water and quickly freezing it. Again and again and again.
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