Michael Flatley’s ‘Lord of the Dance’ tour visits Paducah’s Carson Center for 1 show
Posted: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 8:01 pm
Bill Clinton was president when Chicago native Michael Flatley created and launched “Lord of the Dance” (www.lordofthedance.com).
Fifteen years later, the world’s highest grossing Irish Dance show is still selling out arenas and theatres around the world. Generations of audiences — more than 60 million people from 68 countries — have seen “Lord of the Dance.” Presented by Magic Arts and Entertainment and Global Entertainment Group, the “Lord of the Dance” tour will perform once at the Carson Center in Paducah, Ky., on Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $55, $40 and $30 and are available at the Carson Center Box Office, by phone at (270) 450-4444 or online at www.thecarsoncenter.org.
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, “Lord of the Dance” is offering a trip of a lifetime to U.S. residents. One lucky winner and a guest will win roundtrip airfare, hotel and VIP tickets (including a meet and greet with cast members) for the Trenton, N.J., performance on March 17. Visit “Lord of the Dance’s” Facebook page to find out how to enter and win:http://www.facebook.com/MichaelFlatleysLordoftheDance.
“Lord of the Dance” is a classic tale of good versus evil, based on Irish folklore, that brings a passionate love story to life. Flatley, along with dance director Marie Duffy-Pask, hand-picked the cast of over 40 dancers; each has achieved individual recognition as a national or worldwide dance champion. Described by the New York Post as “fascinating, rewarding and above all, entertaining,” and by the Los Angeles Times as “a showpiece extravaganza,” “Lord of the Dance” is a mesmerizing blend of traditional and modern Celtic music and dance. The story is based upon mythical Irish folklore as Don Dorcha, Lord of Darkness, challenges the ethereal Lord of Light, the Lord of the Dance. Battle lines are drawn, passions ignite and a love story fueled by the dramatic leaps and turns of dancers’ bodies begins to build against a backdrop of Celtic rhythm. The action is played out over 21 scenes on a grand scale of precision dancing, dramatic music, colorful costumes and state-of-the-art staging and lighting.
Speaking on the success of the show, Flatley says, “It is really about our fans who are always hungry for Irish dance.” Flatley, also the artistic director who oversees all aspects of the production, says, “Our dancers connect with the audience and have captivated a new generation. Fans appreciate that our dancers deliver a stunning interpretation of Ireland’s most famous legends via an eclectic blend of dance styles rooted in traditional Irish dance.”
Lee Marshall, president of Magic Arts and Entertainment, the tour promoter and veteran of blockbuster entertainment events, agrees. “The championship dancers in our cast manage the impossible every night. Their collective spirit and energy takes audiences to a time and place that is as imaginative as it is inviting.”
Flatley conceptualized and staged the show in a mere 16 weeks but also paid particular attention to the costumes, lighting and staging which are cinematic in scope. “Irish dance lovers and music fans alike will experience the engaging, rhythmic adventures that has helped catapult Celtic dance mania and Irish dancing into the global spotlight,” says Flatley. No wonder Lord of the Dance has jettisoned its ticket sales to more than $800 million worldwide.
Jam Theatricals and the Carson Center proudly present Michael Flatley’s “Lord of the Dance” as part of the 2010-11 Broadwayin Paducah Season, sponsored by Computer Services Inc. and Western Baptist Hospital.
Published in The Messenger 1.5.11