“The Lord of the Dance” starring Michael Flatley has toured the world for over 15 years, To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day “The Lord of the Dance 3D” is coming to theaters in Orlando, and across the nation! The film features an 8 minute behind the scenes look at the making of the shows return home to O2 Arena in Ireland and the full production itself. The O2 was built on the exact site of The Point Theater, which is home to the original show of “Riverdance”, and “Lord of the Dance”.
Flatley who recently battled a mysterious illness, feared he might never get the chance to perform again added to the urgency of this performance. Says Flatley “I thought I’d never dance again,” he says. “I wasn’t even sure I’d be able to walk. I couldn’t even go outside. I saw 40 doctors and was tested for every known disease, but they found nothing. Maybe I was just burnt crisp from the grueling schedule I had been keeping for years.”
This setback only further fueled his desire to pull out all the stops for the production of Lord of the Dance. The production tells a classic Celtic style tale of good versus evil. It features Good Lord (Flatley) versus Dark Lord Don Dorcha ( Tom Cunningham) in an an epic battle for Ireland. Flatley’s efforts have paid off in sold out arenas worldwide. A few years back I caught the live tour when it came to the Bob Carr in Orlando. I was anxious to see how watching the show on the big screen would compare to seeing it live.
Director Marcus Viner:
“Although some changes were made to take advantage of the 3D film medium, what the audience experiences will be as close to a live performance as possible, says Viner. “This is not a Hollywood movie with things flying off the stage into the audience’s faces. We made a conscious decision to maintain the piece’s integrity. This is an immersive experience in a classic tale of good versus evil played out with fantastic dancing and wonderful music.”
Watching the powerful dancing of Flatley and the other male dances is breathtaking. Its like watching an Olympic athlete compete for a gold medal. You can feel the energy burst from the screen with every tap. Anyone who has ever attempted to be a tap dancer will be impressed. The female dancers exude grace,strength and sensuality in the amazing dance routines. In fact the entire troop tap with amazing precision and speed, yet somehow they make it all seem effortless.
The score for Lord of the Dance written by Ronan Hardiman, is a perfect compliment to every scene. His melodies haunt, inspire and well as enthrall the viewer. Gorgeous female fiddler’s Giada Costenaro and Valerie Gleeson add a spark of energy to the musical performances. The two command the stage and seem likely to get a ‘spin off’ show of their own someday. Flatley himself even performs a beautiful flute solo of “Whispering Wind”. Finally, the icing on the cake, is the beautiful costuming, staging, incredible screen projections, and lighting.
The 3D effects give you an inside view, without leaving the comfort of your chair. Better get your tickets early, this special engagement runs for for one week only. So grab a seat, some popcorn and a coke for a wonderful show! “Lord of the Dance 3D” opens in theaters nationwide TODAY March 17,2011.
Official Web Site: www.LordoftheDance3D.com
Facebook Page: www.Facebook.com/LordoftheDance3D
If you loved ” Lord of the Dance” you may also want to see “Leap Year” on DVD