March 5, 2002
The 5th of March 2002 marked the 5000th performance of Riverdance since it first began in February 1995.
The Liffey company gathered onstage at the Edinburgh Playhouse that afternoon to celebrate the occasion with a cast photo in full costume and a cast and crew photo.
Special 5000th performance T-shirts were designed to mark the occasion listing all the cities Riverdance has toured to in its lifetime.
Meanwhile in San Francisco the Lagan Company also celebrated the 5000th performance with the help of the Mayor of San Francisco, Willie Lewis Brown, Jr. He was there to present Lagan principal dancers, Tara Barry and Michael Patrick Gallagher with a proclamation declaring March 6th 2002 as Riverdance Day in San Francisco.
CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO
Whereas, on March 6, 2002, Riverdance, the internationally-acclaimed celebration of Irish music, song and dance, returns to San Francisco with its 5,000th performance; and
Whereas, Riverdance first premiered at the Point Theatre in Dublin, Ireland in 1995 and since its opening more than 12 million people have seen the show worldwide; and
Whereas, in 1997, Riverdance won the Grammy for “Best Musical Show Album” for the original music and lyrics composed by Bill Whelan; and
Whereas, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan, Riverdance will only be in San Francisco for 16 performances; now
Therefore be it resolved, that I, Willie L. Brown, Jr., Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco, in honor and recognition of the 5,000th performance of Riverdance, do hereby proclaim March 6, 2002 as…
IN SAN FRANCISCO!
Fastest Feet – Michael Patrick Gallagher
Riverdance on Good Morning America