** His Last Dance **
MICHAEL FLATLEY TO RETIRE FROM PROFESSIONAL DANCE FOLLOWING HIS BROADWAY DEBUT IN THE GLOBAL PHENOM
“Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games”
Transfers to BROADWAY AT THE LYRIC THEATRE
BROADWAY ENGAGEMENT WILL CELEBRATE 20th ANNIVERSARY OF “LORD OF THE DANCE”
PERFORMANCES BEGIN ON NOVEMBER 7, 2015 FOR A LIMITED ENGAGEMENT THROUGH JANUARY 3, 2016 OPENING NIGHT SET FOR NOVEMBER 10, 2015
New York, NY (September 21, 2015) – Following an acclaimed sold-out run in London, Live Nation and Michael Flatley present the Broadway and New York premiere of Lord of the Dance:Dangerous Games, created, directed by and starring international sensation Michael Flatley in what will serve as his swan song as a performer, celebrating his Broadway debut with the 20th Anniversary of Flatley’s Lord of the Dance global enterprise.
The limited 8-week engagement begins Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.and will play through Sunday, January 3, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at The Lyric Theatre (213 West 42nd Street). Opening Night is set
for Tuesday, November 10, 2015.
Trailblazing Irish dancer Michael Flatley, making his long-awaited Broadway debut in Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games, is the creator of the internationally-recognizable brand Lord of the Dance which single-handedly brought Irish Dance to a global audience with productions in countless countries around the world for over two decades.
The limited Broadway engagement of Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games will feature Flatley in a special appearance at the end of each evening performance as well as a troupe of Irish Dance’s most accomplished performers, and featuring Flatley protégés Morgan Comer, James Keegan and Fergal Keaney in the title role of the “Lord of the Dance.” The show also features exciting and ground-breaking new technology, including holographs, special effects lighting, dancing robots, world champion acrobats and of course the greatest team of Irish Dancers in the world. The score is composed by Gerard Fahy. It was recently announced that the smash-hit London run of Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games,which recently ended its limited engagement at the Dominion Theatre, will also appear on the West End again, this time at the Playhouse Theatre, October 10, 2015 through January 3, 2016.
Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games on Broadway will play the following performance schedule:Tuesdays -Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday & Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m.PLEASE NOTE: There are no performances on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, Christmas Eve,December 24, and New Year’s Eve, December 31.
There are special added performances scheduled on Monday, November 23 at 7:30 p.m., Friday,November 27 at 2:00 p.m., Monday, December 21 at 7:30 p.m., and Monday, December 28 at 7:30 p.m.
The performance schedule for Sunday, December 27 and Sunday, January 3 will be 2:00 p.m. and 7:30p.m.
Mr. Flatley will not perform at matinee performances. Due to prior commitments Mr. Flatley will not perform at the evening performances on November 18, November 19, December 4, and December 5.
Tickets for Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games, priced from $57.50 – $147.50, with higher priced Premium seating, will be available online beginning September 25 at www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling (800) 745-3000. The Lyric Theatre Box Office (213 West 42nd Street) will open on October 19, 2015. For group sales information, please contact Leisure Connect by calling (877) 881-8651, or by visiting the website at www.leisureconnect.com/lordofthedance.html. For your online PR, you can use the following hyperlink to the group sales website: Leisure Connect Group Sales.
Michael Flatley first stepped onto the world stage when he toured with The Chieftains. In 1994 he changed the face of Irish Dance forever with his breath-taking creation of Riverdance. He went on to create Lord of the Dance which debuted at the Point Theatre in Dublin in 1996. His name and Lord of the Dance brand have become synonymous with spectacular artistry and grand scale productions that have mesmerized audiences around the globe. He broke the mould of traditional Irish Dancing by incorporating upper body movement and creating edgy rhythm patterns that departed from the traditional. Mr. Flatley has created, directed and produced several successful shows including Lord of the Dance, Feet of Flames and Celtic Tiger.
Lord of the Dance has broken box office records all over the world. In 1998 Lord of the Dance set a record breaking run of 21 consecutive shows at London’s legendary Wembley Arena. It is a record that still stands
to this day. Worldwide video sales were in excess of 12 million copies.
Feet of Flames was the first show ever to be performed at London’s historic “Route of Kings” in Hyde Park. This show reached new heights as Michael took it to stadia filled to capacity at 120,000. Celtic Tiger debuted in 2005 and began a new era of dance which combined tradition with an international flare. Michael Flatley is also a master flautist and his album On a Different Note mixes the traditional with the contemporary.
In 1998, Michael exceeded his first Guinness World Record of 28 taps per second set in 1989 with a phenomenal 35 taps per second. He has been recognized by many establishments and received countless awards for his contribution to the entertainment industry and the promotion and enrichment of Ireland, Irish Dance and Music. His support of many causes over the last two decades has aided and encouraged countless people to embrace his motto “nothing is impossible…follow your dreams”.
In 2010 he reprised his role as Lord of the Dance which was captured for the first time in ground breaking 3D. The show was shot over 3 days at the O2 arenas in Dublin, London, and Berlin.
Michael has entered into the world of art with his innovative new art form where he portrays the fluid movement of dance on canvas. The result of the dance is a truly unique visual display.
Michael is immensely proud of his show Lord of the Dance and his talented troupe of dancers and is honored to debut Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games that played a recent sold-out engagement at the historic London Palladium.