In Step with 'Lord of the Dance'; Englishman Has Fun Playing 'Bad Guy'

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In Step with 'Lord of the Dance'; Englishman Has Fun Playing 'Bad Guy'


Perez-Brennan, Tanya, The Florida Times Union


Byline: TANYA PEREZ-BRENNAN, The Times-Union

Adam McSharry was somewhere in Eastern Pennsylvania in a laundromat.

"Sorry I'm ringing a little early," he said over his cell phone in a cheerful British accent.

"You have to do laundry sometime," he said, laughing.

Right, even when you're talking to a reporter. After all, when you're one of the lead dancers on the 40-city plus tour of Lord of the Dance, you're busy.

McSharry, 25 -- who has been with the dance troupe for six years -- plays Don Dorcha, a.k.a. the "bad guy," in the dance extravaganza that melds traditional and contemporary Irish dance and music. Lord of the Dance comes to the Times-Union Center tonight and Saturday as part of the FCCJ Artist Series.

Lord of the Dance is Michael Flatley's artistic child. Flatley, who will not be performing in the show, is one of the original stars of the show's predecessor, Riverdance. Lord of the Dance went on to become a big success, selling out shows worldwide.

McSharry said Riverdance was pivotal as a stepping stone for Irish dance. But Riverdance is different from Lord of the Dance.

"Riverdance has a lot of aspects in it," he said. "It has different types of dances, Russian and Spanish, where we solely concentrate on Irish dancing, and it's spiced up."

Lord of the Dance also differs in its twist on the Irish traditional dance. Flatley added upper body movements.

"The hands do come in very useful; I prefer it, actually," McSharry said. "I don't think it's taking anything away, if anything, it's adding more."

Lord of the Dance tells a basic story of good vs. evil based on Irish folklore through flashy costumes, an original score and intricate dance numbers. Don Dorcha tries to triumph over the Lord of the Dance, and, in the end, well, we know who really wins. …

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