Sunday March 1, 2009 / 1:00pmMichael Flatley's Lord of the Dance
Front of Tier 3
How was your experience?
I was impressed with the men's group. Their performance was outstanding. However, overall I was disappointed. I believe that most Americans come to functions such as this, expecting to see a bit of Ireland. Yet that was lacking. Instead, the producers delivered in this performance a clogging version of West Side Story (as two male street groups resembling the Jets and Sharks rumbled). Add to this a peculiar glittery character similar to Disneyland's Aladdin production, and a seductive red-dressed female character who danced to Mid-Eastern rhythms. Don't forget about the vocalist who, though she had a lovely voice would have benefitted from being accompanied by some dancers. But by far, the most bizarre dance numbers were the ones in which the dancers appeared in neon colored outfits. I refer to this as the "Constriction worker" portion of the performance. Then of course there was what I call the "Bordello Scene" in which the dancers suddenly ripped their dresses off and danced in what appeared to be their underwear. It simply was uncalled for and gave the impression that they were desperate for "gimmicks" which captured audience's attention. It was all rather peculiar in my estimation. I love what they do, but as I mentioned, I suggest that they go back to their roots and consider what the audience's expectations are. Talent like theirs does not need gimmicks, it just needs to be showcased. I look forward to attending their performance next year when they hopefully return.