The Irish hard-shoe sensation Riverdance underwent its second incarnation with Live from New York City, a 1996 performance filmed at Radio City Music Hall. The dazzling choreography and energetic score remain, but Michael Flatley was replaced by less-flamboyant Colin Dunne, a superb technician who works well with Flatley's former co-lead, Jean Butler.
About a half-hour longer than the 1995 original, Live from New York City expands upon the second act's theme of the Irish leaving their homeland for other parts of the world. In the most engaging new number, "Trading Taps," a trio of Irish dancers faces off against two urban American tappers. While much of this show will be familiar, it's different enough to be enjoyed on its own terms. It's also more stylishly shot, but that's also its biggest drawback--frenetic editing that allows only brief glimpses of the dancers and leaves the viewer dizzy. --David Horiuchi --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
The DVD offers a minimally informative 11-minute promotional video consisting mostly of performance clips and a text version of the story, numerous text biographies of the performers (including instrumentalists), Dolby Digital 5.0 and 2.0 sound, and an anamorphic widescreen picture. Inconveniently, the disc is two-sided, with one act on each side. --David Horiuchi --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
Great DVD, although it is PAL Region 0 version, I guess it will have to do. Other than that, five stars for this DVD.Published 12 months ago by Kevin Barton
I own this show on VHS, and I loved it as much as the one from the Point Theater in Dublin, Ireland. I first heard of Riverdance on PBS, but could never seem to catch it. Read morePublished on Dec 31 2008 by V. Abbott
I am a huge fan of Riverdance. I remember the first time i saw it on PBS. Afterwards we ordered the video. Read morePublished on May 12 2003 by Danny
Now that the phenomenon has faded, I decided to give Riverdance a look and see what all the fuss was about. Read morePublished on March 21 2003
Riverdance the show on DVD is an amazing artistic spectacle. The music and extremely coordinated dance makes people of celtic and other descents appreciate celtic music to the... Read morePublished on Dec 10 2002
Watching the fast-paced Irish step-dancing that dominates this performance, you wonder how the dancers can keep from falling over their own feet, extensive practice... Read morePublished on Oct. 20 2002 by Chrijeff
Let me just say this, I am an Irish dancer, have been dancing with some modest success off and on for 15 years or more. Read morePublished on Aug. 19 2002 by Cybele A. Baker