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Riverdance’s 20th Anniversary World Tour to Play Plaza Theatre for 5 Shows

Jam Theatricals, El Paso Live!, and Moya Doherty are proud to announce the international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand with Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour.

The production, which is celebrating an extraordinary milestone for an incredible show, as it makes its return to El Paso for five performances beginning Friday, March 4 at 8 PM and will continue performances on Saturday, March 5 at 2 PM and 8 PM, and conclude its run on Sunday, March 6 with two performances at 2 PM and 7 PM.

Tickets are currently on sale now at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000 and range from $45-$75. After an acclaimed run at the Plaza back in 2010, El Paso is proud to welcome Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour back to West Texas.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the ten year anniversary of the re-opening of the Plaza Theatre. In 2006, Riverdance was the very first performance in the refurbished theatre and we cannot wait for it to return.”

“We want to thank the people of El Paso for making the past ten years so successful for one of the most iconic parts of this great city.”  Bryan Crowe, General Manager of Destination El Paso.

Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour, composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by JohnMcColgan, recently celebrated a sold out, critically acclaimed run across Europe and Asia and has now arrived back in North America.  The show features new costumes, new lighting, new projections and the addition of a brand new number, “Anna Livia,” featuring the female members of the Irish dance troupe in an acapella hard-shoe number.

“The success of Riverdance across the whole world has gone beyond our wildest dreams,” said producer Moya Doherty. “The fact that theshow continues to draw and excite audiences is a tribute to every dancer, singer, musician, staff and crew member who have dedicatedthemselves to the show. This 20th Anniversary Tour is a thank you to our audiences and a celebration of what has been an incredible journey across two decades.”

Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures. Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour has set design by Robert Ballagh, lighting design by John Comiskey,costume design by Joan Bergin and sound design by Michael O’Gorman.

For over 20 years, nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance. Riverdance began its journey as the intervalact in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, produced for television by Moya Doherty.

This electrifying and innovative seven minute dance piecewas then developed into a full-length stage show by Producer Moya Doherty, Composer Bill Whelan and Director John McColgan. With itsfusion of Irish and International music and dance, the show broke all box office records during its world première run in Dublin in early 1995.

When the show transferred to London in June of that year, the reaction was unprecedented, with the original 10 performances being increasedto 151 in subsequent months. There followed a hugely successful tour starting in New York in March 1996, where 8 sold-out shows at RadioCity Music Hall heralded the start of 16 years of non-stop touring by Riverdance companies throughout North America.

Since its inception Riverdance has packed theatres throughout North America, Oceania, Asia, Europe, South Africa and most recently South America.

FACTS ABOUT 20 YEARS OF Riverdance

–          Played 11,000 performances

–          Seen live by over 25 million people in over 465 venues worldwide

–          Played in 46 countries across 6 continents

–          Travelled 700,000 miles (or to the moon and back and back again!)     Played to a global televisionaudience of 3 billion people

–          Sold over 3 million copies of the Grammy Award-winning CD

–          Sold 10 million Riverdance videos & DVDs

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