There is no show like Riverdance, and on Saturday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m., Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) airs the greatest moments from the smash hit performance series with Best of Riverdance. Tune in to this broadcast and find out how to get exclusive CPTV tickets to an upcoming Riverdance performance right here in Connecticut.
Riverdance had a humble beginning as the interval performance at the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin’s Point Theatre. The audience knew they were witnessing something special; Riverdance received a standing ovation, and ten years later was voted as the best interval performance in Eurovision’s 50-year history. Produced and directed by husband and wife John McColgan and Moya Doherty, the dazzling combination of song and dance began to sell out shows – first in Dublin then all over Europe – leading to a groundbreaking American debut at the famous Radio City Music Hall in New York City. More than a decade later, Riverdance is still an incredible show that is beloved worldwide. Currently, the three companies are performing farewell tours in the U.S., Europe, and the Far East that will conclude in 2010.
Best of Riverdance pulls together the most spectacular performances in the show’s history – performances that have taken place all over the world. Highlights include “Reel Around the Sun,” led by Michael Flatley at the Point Theatre in Dublin; “Countess Cathleen,” led by Joanne Doyle in Geneva; “Thunderstorm,” led by Pat Roddy at Radio City Music Hall in New York; “Heartland,” led by Jean Butler and Michael Flatley at the Point Theatre; and a very special compilation performance featuring the show’s lead dancers over the past ten years.
CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN, www.cpbn.org). It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including UConn Women's Basketball, original documentaries and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves over 200,000 listeners in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show and Where We Live. Overall, the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports and educational programming to viewers, listeners and readers. For more information, visit www.cptv.org and/or www.wnpr.org.