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Providence, RI Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour will play a strictly limited engagement at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) from June 2 – June 4, 2017. Celebrating an extraordinary milestone for an incredible show, The Edinburgh Evening News raves about Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour, “As for the flaws? Well, there simply aren’t any. Here’s to another 20 years!”

Tickets are already on sale for the international Irish dance phenomenon at the PPAC Box Office (220 Weybosset Street in downtown Providence), online at and by phone at (401) 421-ARTS (2787). Tickets start at $36; all ticket prices include a $3 per ticket restoration charge and are subject to change without notice. Please visit PPAC’s website for a list of current prices. Box Office Hours are Monday through Friday, 10A to 5P; Saturday, 10A to 2P and two hours prior to curtain times on performance days.

Groups of 15 or more may contact Paul Hiatt at [email protected] or (401) 574-3162 to order group tickets.

Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour features new costumes, new lighting, new projections, and the addition of a brand new number, “Anna Livia,” featuring the female members of the Irish dance troupe in an a cappella hard-shoe number.

Riverdance is an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music, and song. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures. Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour is composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColganRiverdance includes set design by Robert Ballagh, lighting design by John Comiskey, costume design by Joan Bergin, and sound design by Michael O’Gorman.

“The success of RIVERDANCE across the whole world has gone beyond our wildest dreams,” said Ms. Doherty. “The fact that the show continues to draw and excite audiences is a tribute to every dancer, singer, musician, staff and crew member who have dedicated themselves to the show. This 20th Anniversary Tour is a thank you to our audiences and a celebration of what has been an incredible journey across two decades.”

RIVERDANCE began its journey as the interval act in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, produced for television by Ms. Doherty. This electrifying and innovative seven minute dance piece was then developed into a full-length stage show by Ms. Doherty, Composer Bill Whelan and Director John McColgan. With its fusion of Irish and International music and dance, the show broke all box office records during its world premiere run in Dublin in early 1995. When the show transferred to London the reaction was unprecedented. There followed a hugely successful tour starting in New York in March 1996, where 8 sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall heralded the start of 16 years of non-stop touring by RIVERDANCE companies throughout North America. Since its inception RIVERDANCE has packed theatres throughout North America, Oceania, Asia, Europe, South Africa and South America.

For more information, please visit:

Website: ♥ Facebook: ♥ Twitter: @Riverdance

Instagram: @Riverdance_Official ♥ Snapchat: riverdance-real



  • Played 11,500 performances
  • Seen live by over 25 million people in over 515 venues worldwide
  • Played throughout 47 countries across 6 continents
  • Travelled 750,000 miles (or 30 times around the world!)
  • Played to a global television audience of 300 billion people
  • Sold over 3 million copies of the Grammy Award-winning CD
  • Sold 10 million Riverdance videos & DVDs
  • Riverdance holds the Guinness World Record for the ‘Longest Riverdance Line,’ which featured 1693 participants
  • Since the Riverdance Summer School began in 2015 over 500 Irish Dancers from 15 countries worldwide have attended the school and learned the iconic Riverdance steps

Providence Press Representatives:

P.J. Prokop, Director of Marketing:                      (401) 574-3103 ♥ [email protected]

Caitlyn DiPompo, Marketing Projects Specialist: (401) 574-3112 ♥ [email protected]

Please contact Caitlyn for production photos and interview requests.