Riverdance returns to TPAC February 15-20

Few shows have touched audiences like Riverdance. This celebration of joyful music, song and dance seen by over 18 million people around the world returns to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville, February 15-20 for eight performances only.

Composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty, and directed by John McColgan, Riverdance features an international company of performers who have touched the hearts of millions around the world.

"An explosion of sight and sound that simply takes your breath away," cheers the Chicago Tribune. "A family evening unlike anything else!" raves The London Times. Rediscover the original! Whether it¹s your first time or your fifth, there is no better time to share the magic of Riverdance with your family.

"Although the traditional Irish dancing in Riverdance is spectacular, the show offers so much more," said Brent Hyams, TPAC¹s Director of Marketing. "Other dance styles featured in the show include African American tap, Spanish flamenco and Russian folk, not to mention the music. With four singers and six musicians, including a percussionist who plays 25 different instruments, this is a culturally and artistically diverse show with something to satisfy people of all ages. Riverdance is a Nashville favorite--anyone who missed it five years ago won't want to miss it this time around."

Riverdance is a celebration of Irish music, song and dance, which focuses on the evolution of Irish dance, as well as its similarities with, and influences on, other cultures. Mr. Whelan won the 1997 Grammy Award for ³Best Musical Show Album² for his original music and lyrics for Riverdance. This extraordinarily unique show featuring an international company that has taken the world by storm, now returns to Nashville!

Riverdance had its world premiere at the Point Theatre, Dublin, in February 1995, where it opened to unanimous critical acclaim. There are presently two productions of Riverdance touring the world. To date, over 18 million people worldwide have seen Riverdance, in addition to some nine million people who have purchased the video versions of the show.

Tickets for RIVERDANCE range from $19-68, depending upon performance times and seat locations. For tickets, visit the TPAC Box Office (Downtown or at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Green Hills), online at www.tpac.org, or any Ticketmaster outlet. Tickets may also be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 615/255-ARTS (2787). For information on offers for groups of 20 or more, call TPAC Group Sales at 615/782-4060.

The HCA/TriStar Broadway in Nashville at TPAC Series is sponsored by American Airlines, Cadillac, Coca-Cola and The Hermitage Hotel. Show sponsors for RIVERDANCE are WRQQ Star 97, WSMV Channel 4 News and The Tennessean.

Dates: February 15-20, 2005, Andrew Jackson Hall
Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC), 505 Deaderick Street, Nashville

Times: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8:00 p.m. Friday; 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Saturday; 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday

Tickets: $19-68, available at www.tpac.org, TPAC Box Office (Downtown or at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Green Hills), all Ticketmaster outlets; or by calling Ticketmaster, 615/255-ARTS (2787)

Web sites: www.tpac.org; www.ticketmaster.com; www.riverdance.com.

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