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'Riverdance' farewell performances at Miller

Feb. 23, 2009

KALAMAZOO--The original international phenomenon, "Riverdance," returns to Miller Auditorium at Western Michigan University for two farewell performances Tuesday and Wednesday, March 17-18. Both performances start at 7:30 p.m.

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Composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan, "Riverdance" is a celebration of Irish song and dance that focuses on the evolution of Irish culture, as well as its similarities with, and influences on, other cultures. Whalen won the 1997 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album for his original music and lyrics.

"Riverdance" had its world premiere in February 1995 at the Point Theater of Dublin, where it opened to unanimous critical acclaim. To date, more than 21 million people worldwide have seen "Riverdance," in addition to some 10 million people, who have purchased the video versions of the show. "Riverdance--The Album" has sold more than 3 million CDs worldwide and is certified Platinum in the United States.

"The success of 'Riverdance' in North America has gone beyond our wildest dreams," says Doherty. "The fact that the show continues to draw and excite audiences 13 years after its debut in Dublin is a tribute to the dancers, singers, musicians, staff and crew members who have dedicated themselves to the show."

Tickets for "Riverdance" at Miller Auditorium are on sale now and range from $28 to $58. They are available by calling (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858, online at millerauditorium.com, or by visiting the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office or Epic Center Box Office in downtown Kalamazoo. Groups of 20 or more should call (269) 387-2312 for special discounts.

Media contact: Bethany Gauthier, (269) 387-2245, bethany.gauthier@wmich.edu

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