NEW COSTUMES, SET AND LIGHTING DESIGNS HIGHLIGHT RETURN OF LORD OF THE DANCE TOUR
Michael Flatley’s Irish Dance Show One of World’s Most Loved Tours
Los Angeles, CA – December 7, 2011 -- Sixteen years ago, Michael Flatley created and launched Lord of the Dance. Today, it is selling out arenas and theatres as the world’s highest grossing Irish dance show. Generations of audiences - more than 60 million people from 68 countries - have seen Lord of the Dance. Presented by MagicSpace Entertainment and Global Entertainment Group, the tour returns to North America, kicking off February 14, 2012 in Boise, Idaho.
Speaking about the show’s updates, Flatley says, “We have fresh wardrobes and an exciting new set featuring elements from the successful international tour I performed in last year – we sold out more than 20 dates in the UK. Fans will see technological highlights like video incorporated into an LED wall, as well as a number of changes to the overall lighting and set designs.” Flatley, who retired from dancing in 2011, is Artistic Director of Lord of the Dance and oversees all aspects of the production. “We are really excited to introduce our fans to the new visual experience that compliments our show.” Flatley added that new interest in dancing sparked by primetime shows like “Dancing with the Stars” has fans anxious to see more Lord of the Dance style shows. Flatley was a special guest on “Dancing with the Stars” in the seventh season and performed on the show in 2007 and 2008.
A 2012 Valentine’s Day tour launch is merely coincidence, but is fitting since an integral part of the show is a love story between the two main characters. “Lord of the Dance is a classic tale of good versus evil, based on Irish folklore that brings a romantic and passionate love story to life,” says Flatley. 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,” says Flatley. “Fans can expect 21 scenes of precision dancing, dramatic music, new colorful wardrobes and state-of-the-art staging and lighting.”
Along with Dance Director Marie Duffy-Pask, Flatley hand picks the cast of over 40 dancers; each has achieved individual recognition as a national or worldwide dance champion. Lee Marshall, CEO of MagicSpace Entertainment, the tour promoter and veteran of blockbuster entertainment events agrees. “These championship dancers have captivated a new generation of fans, and manage the impossible every night. Their collective spirit and energy takes the audience 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 ticket sales exceed more than $800 million worldwide. 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.
FAST FACTS & STATS
- Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance (LOTD) is the theatrical extravaganza that has helped catapult Irish dancing into the global spotlight. The show features more than 40 dancers who deliver an eloquent and stunning interpretation of one of Ireland’s most famous legends.
- LOTD has been the highest grossing dance show in the world since it began in 1996.
- In 1997, LOTD was the highest grossing tour of any kind in the world.
- LOTD has currently taken in excess of $800 million in global ticket sales.
- LOTD has now performed sell out shows in 68 countries worldwide.
- LOTD holds the record for London’s famous Wembley Arena with an unbeaten run of 21 consecutive sell-out shows. LOTD returned to Wembley Arena again in 2010 for an additional two sell out shows.
- LOTD’s Troupe Three had a highly acclaimed and hugely successful four year residency in Las Vegas, with an estimated 1.5 million people attending the show.
- In South Africa, Lord of the Dance broke all box office records when tickets sold out in record time.
- LOTD was conceptualized and staged in only 16 weeks.
- The LOTD soundtrack has achieved gold and silver status in Australia, Canada and in the UK.
- Over 600 costumes are used between all of the LOTD troupes.
- The average age of LOTD dancers is 22 years old.
- The show made its debut performance in 1996 and quickly became the most popular touring dance production in history.
- More than 60 million people worldwide have seen LOTD in person at sold out theaters, arenas and stadiums.
- LOTD was conceived and choreographed by Michael Flatley – the American born world Irish dance champion who is responsible for creating a new wave of Celtic dance mania.
- Flatley was listed by the Guinness Book of World Records for having “the world’s fastest feet” – 35 taps per second.
- Flatley, who originated the role of the Lord, serves as artistic director and continues to oversee all aspects of the show and the numerous LOTD troupes currently touring internationally.
- LOD was conceived and choreographed by Michael Flatley – the American born world Irish dance champion who is responsible for creating a new wave of Celtic dance mania.
- Flatley is listed by the Guinness Book of World Records for having “the world’s fastest feet” – 35 taps per second.
- Flatley, who originated the role of the Lord, serves as artistic director and continues to oversee all aspects of the show and the numerous LOD troupes currently touring internationally.
- In 1997, 1.3 billion viewers watched a Lord of the Dance performance on the Oscar telecast.
- Fans around the world have purchased more than 1.2 million LOTD music CDs and 13.8 million videos. The LOTD video has become a best selling Christmas season title.
- An estimated 2,400 Web sites are devoted to everything LOTD.
- LOTD captivates audiences with an eclectic blend of dance styles rooted in the traditional form of Irish dance that has evolved for more than 2,000 years.
- The story is a classic tale of good vs. evil based on old Irish folklore. It is also a passionate love story expressed through dance.
- The show comprises 21 scenes filled with heart-stopping dance, colorful costumes, dramatic music and elaborate sets.
- LOTD troupe members include Irish dance champions from around the world. They complete an estimated 151,200 taps per performance.
- Among his many honors, Flatley was recognized by the American National Endowment of Arts as one of his nation’s greatest performers, and named one of “The Greatest Irish Americans of the Century” by Irish America Magazine.