Jean Butler at the Celtic Cafe


Here we have some exciting news... a very special program about Riverdance on its Tenth Anniversary, to be aired first on WLIW in New York on February 9, 2005, and then other public television stations around the country in March. Jean Butler will be live in the WLIW Studio, and the special will be hosted by none other than Gabriel Byrne! Jean will be interviewed in WLIW21's studio between segments of the program. This special airs exactly ten years to the day that Riverdance debuted at the Point Theatre in Dublin!

From WLIW:

"Riverdance - The Show" celebrates its tenth anniversary as a global stage phenomenon this year, and WLIW21 New York marks the occasion Wednesday, February 9 at 8 pm with the premiere of RIVERDANCE: THE TEN YEARS. Jean Butler, the original female lead in the production, will be live in our studio for the broadcast. WLIW will distribute the special to public television stations nationwide this March.


Hosted by Gabriel Byrne
Premieres Wednesday, February 9 at 8 pm on WLIW21

A Decade to the Day of the Show's Dublin Debut

Original Lead Dancer Jean Butler Live in the Studio
RIVERDANCE: THE TEN YEARS celebrates the rise and rise of Riverdance from a 7-minute Eurovision Song Contest interval in 1994 to a global dance phenomenon and an internationally recognized brand. The program premieres Wednesday, February 9 at 8 pm on WLIW21 New York Public Television, exactly ten years to the day the stage show premiered at The Point Theatre in Dublin. Jean Butler, the show's original female lead, will be live in the WLIW21 studio sharing her memories of the show and its impact. WLIW New York will distributethe program nationally to public television stations this March. The documentary follows the journey of Riverdance from the heady stages of creation, through the anxious formation of a full-length show and reveals the daunting logistics of managing a global spectacle. It examines the split with original male lead Michael Flatley, first night nerves on Broadway, the exclusive performance at the People's Hall in China and the show's rapid and unprecedented rise to the heights of International success. The program includes performance footage never before shown on television.

Since its February 9, 1995 premiere in Dublin, the show has been seen by 18 million people, at 250 venues worldwide in 30 countries over four continents. It has broken countless box office records and has been viewed by television audiences exceeding 1.2 billion viewers.

Hosted by actor Gabriel Byrne, RIVERDANCE: The Ten Years features in-depth interviews with the show's original female lead Jean Butler, producer Moya Doherty, composer Bill Whelan, director John McColgan, actor Liam Neeson (narrator for the Broadway production), Senator Ted Kennedy and cast members and dance critics. The documentary also features performances from the past 10 years of the show, culminating in the performance of Riverdance at the Opening Ceremony of the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games which featured more than 100 dancers performing in the longest troupe line ever seen in an Irish dance show. Presented nationally to public television stations by WLIW New York. Produced by Tyrone Productions Limited of Dublin.

WLIW New York is the fourth most-watched public television station in the United States, with an average weekly cumulative audience of 1.9 million households in the New York metropolitan area. As a resource for public television stations, WLIW distributes live daily broadcasts of BBC World News and is the producer of PBS specials including the VISIONS aerial series, cultural documentaries celebrating the cultural diversity of America, and music specials. WLIW CREATE, digital channel 133 on iO Digital Cable Service from Cablevision, offers the best of public television series for people passionate about cooking, crafting, collecting and more, 24/7. For more information, visit

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RIVERDANCE returns to Radio City Music Hall for its 10th Anniversary engagement, March 10-17, 2005.
The performance schedule will be Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00 PM, matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00 PM and Sunday at 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM. The curtain on Tuesday, March 15 is at 7:00 PM. Following this engagement, the show will continue its U.S. tour. See for more information.

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Watch out for Jean Butler's Irish dance instructional video, to be released in March in North America!


An innovative Irish Dance Master class by Jean Butler, star of Riverdance and Dancing on Dangerous Ground. Featuring step-by-step exercises designed to improve form and technique, Jean Butler Dance will also entertain and inspire! Other dancers included are Jean's sister Cara Butler (currently touring with the Chieftains), Tara Barry, Glenn Simpson, and Michael Patrick Gallagher.

Added extras include an explosive jam session, a stunning solo performance, an in-depth interview and much more!

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Feature: Bernadette Price
Original Web Design: Alexander Servas

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