Reviews

A Taste of Ireland ****1/2

The Irish Music and Dance Sensation

By: Paulanne Simmons

March 12, 2024: Craic is the Gaelic word for fun. And at the very top of the evening, that’s what the audience at A Taste of Ireland – The Irish Music & Dance Sensation, were promised. The show certainly delivered on that expectation.

Dancers in “A Taste of Ireland”.

The Irish Music and Dance Sensation

By: Paulanne Simmons

March 12, 2024: Craic is the Gaelic word for fun. And at the very top of the evening, that’s what the audience at A Taste of Ireland – The Irish Music & Dance Sensation, were promised. The show certainly delivered on that expectation.

Directed by Brent Pace, with music by Charlie Gallowaythe show features some of the best step dancing you may ever see performed by dancers from the West End’s Lord of the Dance and Riverdance.  

With mics attached to their feet, the beat produced by the dancers is definitely infectious. The audience is sometimes encouraged to clap to the rhythm, but as the dancers speed up, this becomes an embarrassing challenge. Although most of the dancing is ensemble work, the dancers often dare each other to perform faster or better or more spectacularly.

Cast of A Taste of Ireland.

When the dancers take a break, the house is filled with song, updated versions of classics such as “Danny Boy,” “Wild Rover” and “Molly Malone.” There’s also a fantastic solo on the bodhran, or Irish drum.

Dramatic lighting and projections of Irish scenes and events add much to the mood, as does the enthusiasm of the audience. 

Following its off-Broadway run at The Sheen Center, A Taste of Ireland – The Irish Music & Dance Sensation will play in cities across the United States, before moving on to the UK, Australia & New Zealand. But fortunately, the show will be in New York City in time to get us into the spirit for St. Patrick’s Day.

A Taste of Ireland – The Irish Music & Dance Sensation runs through March 15 at The Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker Street.
Photography: James Etheridge