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Watch the return of ‘Riverdance’ to Boston at the Wang

The Irish music and dance production celebrates its 25th anniversary.

"Riverdance" returns to Boston this year to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Riverdance

Bill Whelan’s “Riverdance” returns to Boston this year to celebrate its 25th anniversary with a brand-new production. The performance showcases traditional Irish song and dance, including a musical ensemble with fiddle, union pipes (Irish bagpipes), and bodhran (traditional frame drum), and a dance troupe performing Irish step dance and tap dance.

The performance is set to the soundtrack of Whelan’s 1996 album “Riverdance,” which won a Grammy that year for best musical show album. Through dance, instrumental numbers, and vocal performances, the show’s sixteen tracks tell the story of Ireland and its people, from ancient warriors to the diaspora to present day, with celebrations of other cultures, too.


Originally composed for the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin, “Riverdance” became an immediate sensation and has toured the U.S. since 1997. This year’s soundtrack has been revitalized for the first time since its original recording, and the show also boasts new costumes and production design, appealing to longtime fans and newbies alike.

The performance shows May 10 through May 15, with matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets may be purchased here.

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