Michael Flatley to make Broadway debut-and then retire

American dancer Michael Flatley, the creator of Irish folk dance shows “Lord of the Dance” and “Riverdance“, will be hanging up his shoes after making his debut on Broadway this year, organisers of the show said on Monday.


“Broadway is my last dream”, he said.

Houston will be the lifetime achievement honoree at Saturday’s event.

Michael Flatley, seen performing in New York in 2005, is best known for his works Riverdance and Lord of the Dance.

In March, Flatley danced for the last time in Ireland in that very location where it all began for him, the former Point Theatre, now the 3Arena, in the Dublin performance of “Dangerous Games“.

Michael Flatley’s other dance credits include ‘Riverdance, ‘ ‘Lord of the Dance, ‘ ‘Feet of Flames, ‘ and ‘Celtic Tiger’. Forbes estimated his wealth at $299 million this year.

In London’s West End, the production has completed limited enagagements at both the London Palladium and Dominion Theatre and will also return to the Playhouse Theatre from 10 October 2015 to 3 January 2016.

The score is composed by Gerard Fahy.

“I wanted to change that”. His internationally-recognizable brand “Lord of the Dance” single-handedly brought Irish Dance to a global audience with productions in countless countries around the world for over two decades. “My dream was that one day we could compete with the big rock “n” roll bands and perform in those big arenas”.

Flatley first stepped onto the world stage when he toured with The Chieftains.

“My spinal column is in bad shape”, he told the Associated Press.

“I’ve earned it and I’m proud of it and I wouldn’t trade it for the world”.


Flatley said he’s passing the torch to young dancers including James Keegan, Fergal Keaney and Morgan Comer. “I am delighted for my dancers that they can continue to perform in this great city”.

Michael Flatley will retire after his stint on Broadway