Sixteen years ago, Michael Flatley created and launched Lord of the Dance (www.lordofthedance.com); 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. The tour is presented by MagicSpace Entertainment and Global Entertainment Group.
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 complements 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.
For additional information about the Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance performance, or other performances within the 2011-2012 Luhrs Center series, please call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at Luhrscenter.com.
About MagicSpace Entertainment
MagicSpace Entertainment is headed by Lee D. Marshall, Joe Marsh, John Ballard, Steve Boulay and Bruce Granath and has been producing and presenting national tours, Broadway shows and concerts worldwide for over 30 years. Consistently one of the top 10 promoters in North America, MagicSpace Entertainment typically produces and presents more than 250 events in 75 cities per year. Credits include Broadway shows such as Hello Dolly! starring Carol Channing; The Who's Tommy, Donny & Marie - A Broadway Christmas, American Idiot and RAIN - A Tribute To The Beatles On Broadway. National tour credits include Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance, Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage in Mythbusters - Behind The Myths, The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller by Chip Davis, RAIN - A Tribute To The Beatles, David Copperfield, The 101 Dalmatians Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, A Chorus Line and concert tours by Janet Jackson, Cher, Fleetwood Mac to name just a few. Special tours and events produced or presented on the road include Tutankhamaun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibition,
Titanic: The Exhibition and Diana - A Celebration. MagicSpace Entertainment has offices in Park City and Salt Lake City, UT. www.magicspace.netAbout Global Entertainment Group
Based in Las Vegas, Global Entertainment Group, Inc. has been part of the extraordinary worldwide success of Lord of the Dance since 1998. Global has booked or promoted the show in more than 30 countries where the show has been embraced by a variety of cultures and individuals from all walks of life. In addition, Global entered into an exciting new business association in 2010 with the world's largest concert promoter, Live Nation, working together on future entertainment projects such as Lord of the Dance and various other international entertainment productions.
About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University's role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center's 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.