You haven’t been able to get a “Riverdance” fix for four years in North America, but never fear. The popular show, which has been touring through Europe and Asia, has returned with a 20th-anniversary production. It makes a stop Monday, Nov. 16, in Fresno’s Saroyan Theatre. Here’s a rundown.
The premise: Irish dancing. Lots of it.
The history: “Riverdance” started as an act in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest. John McColgan and Moya Doherty expanded it into a stage show that opened in Dublin in 1995 and has been traveling the world since.
The numbers: The show has played approximately 11,000 performances and been seen live by more than 25 million people in 467 venues.
What’s new: The 20th Anniversary World Tour “incorporates new costumes, new lighting, new projections and the addition of a new number, “Anna Livia,” featuring the female members of the Irish dance troupe in an a capella hard-shoe number.
The physical toll: Fifty thousand rolls of grip tape have been used by the company’s physiotherapists on the 2,000-plus dancers who have been with the show. That’s a lot of sore feet.
- 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16
- Saroyan Theatre, 700 M St.
- www.broadwayinfresno.com, 559-445-8200