Today is opening day at Mexico City's 12,000-seat National Auditorium.
The press around Lord of the Dance returning to Mexico has been absolutely amazing. TV, radio, you name it. We're *here.* We're in town. The buzz is just enormous. As you can see from the photos attached to this journal entry, James Keegan, Mary Mirasola, Matt Smith, Zoltan Papp, Alasdair Spencer, Connor Smyth, Declan Durning, Conor Rodgers, and Krén András have been running around all over Mexico City, broadcasting over the air waves, popping up on TV sets...and occasionally crashing a live televised Zumba workout.
Those names in the previous paragraph, and the names of all the members of Lord of the Dance, represent one thing: the best of the best. The proverbial tip of the spear in Irish dancing. These men and women are the special forces of the Irish dance world, capable of finishing days of back-to-back shows -- we're talking sixteen to eighteen numbers per day -- traveling through four countries across half the planet in 36 hours to get to the next tour leg, hitting the gym for altitude training, and still having time to look good on Instagram.
No other dance troupe in the world can do what these men and women do. Period. To be in a Michael Flatley show is to be at the pinnacle of what is physically possible as a professional dancer. It's Irish dancing at warp speed.
Think about it: for those of you old enough to remember life a quarter of a century ago, the idea of selling out huge arenas and stadiums for Irish step dancing was simply ludicrous. Then came our chief, Michael Flatley, who rewrote the rule book at Eurovision, wrote new chapters into the rule book with his first show in 1995, and then set the rule book on fire and threw it away in 1996 with Lord of the Dance.
The appetite for Michael's art form atop Irish dancing is enormous. It is global. And it is *fervent.* Very few entertainers, let alone entire entertainment industry trends, survive multiple generations. Yet this genre he invented -- the professional Irish dance show -- sells tickets so fast that the only thing that can keep up are the dancers themselves.
And make no mistake: if you want to see Michael's dance form in its purest expression -- no reinterpretations, nothing watered down -- you go to see Lord of the Dance.
Which is exactly what a whole lot of people are going to do in Mexico City. Today.
And they're going to see the best show of their lives. Today.