Michael Flatley’s “Lord of the Dance” Returns to the Triangle — for One Show Only — at 7 p.m. March 10th

The Durham Performing Arts Center will present Michael Flatley's "Lord of the Dance" at 7 p.m. on March 10th
The Durham Performing Arts Center will present Michael Flatley’s “Lord of the Dance” at 7 p.m. on March 10th

The Durham Performing Arts Center will present Michael Flatley’s world-renowned Irish dance extravaganza, Lord of the Dance, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 10th, in its 2,700-seat, state-of-the-art theater in the American Tobacco District in downtown Durham, NC.

“Sixteen years ago, Lord of the Dance, created by Michael Flatley (http://www.lordofthedance.com/) launched; today, it is selling out arenas and theaters 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[, p]resented 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 U.K. 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[,’ he said.] 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 [was] merely coincidence, but [was] 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.’

Michael Flatley's "Lord of the Dance," which plays DPAC at 7 p.m. on March 10th, features 21 scenes of precision dancing, dramatic music, new colorful wardrobes, and state-of-the-art staging and lighting
Michael Flatley’s “Lord of the Dance,” which plays DPAC at 7 p.m. on March 10th, features 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, [Michael] 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 [initially] conceptualized and staged the show in a mere 16 weeks [in 1996], but also paid particular attention to the costumes, lighting and staging — which are cinematic in scope.

The title character will also find romance in Michael Flatley's "Lord of the Dance" at DPAC on Sunday
The title character will also find romance in Michael Flatley’s “Lord of the Dance” at DPAC on Sunday

 “‘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 more information, tickets, or memorabilia, please visit http://www.lordofthedance.com/. Find Lord of the Dance on Facebook at http://facebook.com/MichaelFlatleysLordoftheDance.

The Durham Performing Arts Center presents Michael Flatley’s LORD OF THE DANCE at 7 p.m. March 10 at DPAC, in the American Tobacco District, at 123 Vivian St., Durham, North Carolina 27701.

TICKETS: $43.75-$84.75 (including fees).


DPAC Box Office: 919-680-ARTS (2787), tickets@dpacnc.com, or http://www.dpacnc.com/events/how_to_buy_tickets.

Ticketmaster: 800-745-3000 or http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/115558/1046393.

SHOW: http://www.dpacnc.com/events/detail/lord-of-the-dance-1

VIDEO PREVIEW: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRSLaHvYETE&feature=player_embedded.

PRESENTER/VENUE: http://www.dpacnc.com/.

DIRECTIONS: http://www.dpacnc.com/plan_your_visit/getting_here.

PARKING: http://www.dpacnc.com/plan_your_visit/parking_guide.


Lord of the Dance (background): http://www.lordofthedance.com/ (official website) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_of_the_Dance_%28musical%29 (Wikipedia).

Creator Michael Flatley: http://www.michaelflatley.com/ (official website) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Flatley (Wikipedia).

MagicSpace Entertainment: http://www.magicspace.net/ (official website).

Global Entertainment Group: http://www.globallv.com/ (official website).


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By Robert W. McDowell

Robert W. McDowell is a Raleigh, NC-based freelance writer, editor, and critic. He has written theater, film, book, and music previews and reviews for The News & Observer, The Raleigh Times, Spectator Magazine, and Classical Voice of North Carolina, all based in Raleigh. In 1980-91, he covered business, industry, government, and education for (We the People of) North Carolina magazine, published monthly by N.C. Citizens for Business and Industry. In April 2001, McDowell started Robert's Reviews, a FREE weekly e-mail newsletter that provides comprehensive, in-depth coverage of the performing arts in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, which includes Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro. Triangle Review is the latest-and-greatest version of McDowell's original newsletter. (To start your FREE subscription, e-mail robertm748[at]aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE TR in the Subject: line.) From December 1980 until September 2017, McDowell served on the board of directors of The Cinema, Inc., a Raleigh-based nonprofit film society formed in 1966. He currently publishes a weekly list of FREE advance screenings of movies in the Triangle area. (To have your e-mail address added to this FREE list, e-mail robertm748[at]aol.com and type SUBSCRIBE FFL FREE in the Subject: line.) McDowell also co-edited and supervised the production of Jim Valvano's Guide to Great Eating (JTV Enterprises, 1984), a 224-page sports celebrity cookbook; and he served as a fact checker for Valvano: They Gave Me a Lifetime Contract, and Then They Declared Me Dead (Pocket Books, 1991).