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Boston Herald


“I never saw the legendary Michael Flately perform his own choreography in the original stage production, and after Michael Patrick Gallagher’s interpretation of the leading role, I don’t have any regrets about missing Flately. What is most impressive is Gallagher’s understated, ego-free offering of so much technically daunting material. He’s confident enough not to show off, and if I hadn’t read in the program notes that he is also a musician, I could have guessed it from his classy sense of phrasing and articulation.”

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LA Times

“Begorrah, what flying feet! His most impressive moments come in ‘Trading Taps’…Here he’s loose, playful and still unbelievably fast and intricate.”

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Arizona Tribune

“In the six years since ‘Riverdance’ became an international show business phenomena, the show’s format has changed little. Dancers, however, come and go. So the show’s foot soldiers do make a difference. Such as Michael Patrick Gallagher. Although far from a ‘star’ name, this multi-talented and focused entertainer is certainly one of the major reasons to rush and see ‘Riverdance’ before it leaves town Sunday night.”

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Las Vegas Sun

“Michael Patrick Gallagher is splendid in the male principal role created by Flately.”

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San Diego Union-Tribune

“He has a disarming self-confidence, impressive grace and amazing speed in his footwork.”

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The Edmonton Journal

“His rapid-fire footwork that consistently denied description, not to mention gravity. Gallagher’s calm yet charismatic stage presence made him the undeniable centerpiece of the show, as did his ability to dance as quickly as drummers could pound out the beats.”

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New Orleans Times-Picayune

“Premier dancer Gallagher is a protean performer of seemingly inexhaustible energy, skill and striking star presence.”

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Hamilton Spectator

“Well, the overblown Flately has gone, and the handsome young Gallagher has been parachuted into those outsized shoes. And everything about this fresh-scrubbed kid with the wraithlike frame is wonderfully appealing. For one thing, he can really dance. He knocks the socks off all those highflying Riverdance routines.”

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The Baltimore Sun

“And Gallagher well, this young man displays such amazingly fast footwork, you’d swear his ankles were motorized-or at least on fast forward.”

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Duluth News Tribune

“Mr. Gallagher mesmerizes the viewer with amazing skill. With straight body and calves and feet that move equally as fast as the musical notes to which he dances, he takes command of the stage. With triple-time moves in a segment entitled ‘thunderstorm,’ he leads the male troupe with power, precision and poise.”

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Scranton Tribune

“Michael Patrick Gallagher proved why he is the principal male dancer of the troupe. He was an example of controlled and disciplined movements in showcasing his upper-body strength and his lower body agility. Nobody else’s feet moved as fast as his did Tuesday night, yet his torso was steely rigid. However, he didn’t just look like an efficient dancing machine on stage. His performance seemed more organic-though superhuman-and was filled with passion and sincerity.”

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The Leader, Elmira

“Gallagher strutted the stage with a macho, muscular arrogance that left the audience riveted to his unquestioned abilities. Irish-born Gallagher is an element of nature, like lightening-faster than a wink, weightless and directed to a target. That target is the dance, a craft Gallagher wears like thistledown.”

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Evansville Courier & Press

“Gallagher, a two-time world champion step dancer, made it look easy, bounding, floating and hovering over the stage, feet and ankles kicking, slapping and hammering out a staccato tattoo beneath him.”

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The Patriot-News, Harrisburg

“Cool and self-possessed as a young prince, he’s capable of convincing audiences that he’s inventing these carefully choreographed moves on the spot. And executing them with astonishing precision.”

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Sioux City Journal

“Key to the show’s success-and one of the reasons you won’t want to miss the performance-is Michael Patrick Gallagher, the musical’s lead dancer who’s able to take Michael Flately’s original choreography and make it his own valedictory. In those bullet-like Irish dance lines, he’s the one with the best aim and the ability to fire without reloading. In the ‘Trading Taps’ scene, he’s the one who’s able to bridge cultural gaps with moves that would impress Gregory Hines. In the duets with leading lady Tara Barry, he’s the one who pulls the audience into their dizzying world. If there’s only one heart to this show, he’s it.”

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Sarasota Herald-Tribune

“A world titleholder at the age of 11, Gallagher is now a confident 26-year-old professional, who commanded the stage with authentic pleasure. His erect upper body and piercing gaze seemed to keep him aloft as his loose hips and legs allowed his feet to create a frenzy of percussive sound.”

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The Daily Gazette, Schenectady

“Gallagher is slender, tall and loose. He doesn’t have the stiffness that so often plagues other Irish dancers. So his appearance is natural, his movement fluid.”

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Muncie Star-Press

“Gallagher danced the role that choreographer Michael Flately made famous with his own subtle flair. He seemed to be having a great time on the stage and it showed in his enthusiastic shouts and mischievous smile.”

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The Province, Vancouver

“Male lead Michael Patrick Gallagher had tremendous presence and poise for such a young dancer, and his hard shoe tap dancing was stunning in its speed and dexterity.”

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The Edmonton Sun

“Michael Patrick Gallagher’s skill’s are amazing. His triple-time moves in a bit called Thunderstorm had the crowd cheering.”

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Louisville Courier-Journal

“Michael Patrick Gallagher, a native of Galway, Ireland, is a veritable Leonardo DiCaprio of step dancing. Girls were shrieking with delight last night as Gallagher, a two-time winner of the World Title for Irish dancing, tap-danced nearly faster than the eye could see.”

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The Westender, Vancouver

“His mind-numbing foot speed and breathless precision are incredible.”

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The Greenville News

“The dancing star of the show is Michael Patrick Gallagher, who performs his numbers with muscular flair.”

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The Green Bay Press-Gazette

“Gallagher is fantastically fast, nimble, limber and charismatic.”

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The Toledo Blade

“Gallagher is a dancer who moves with graceful fluidity, leaping high and kicking his legs to eye level as he seemingly glides above the stage. And when he shifted into a higher gear for a display of his tapping ability, his hard soled boots moved faster than the eye could see.”

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The Green Bay News-Chronicle

“Gallagher’s performance awed the breathless audience members. The ease and quickness of his dance is beyond comparison. But it is a testament to his talent and, no doubt, hard work, that his performances appeared as natural as a walk in the park.”

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The Spokesman-Review

“The lead dancer of this show, Michael Patrick Gallagher, doesn’t have the ego-driven flamboyance of Michael Flately. Gallagher has something better-tremendous talent and control. His footwork is dazzling, but so is everybody’s. What set him apart was his grace of movement around the stage while those feet frantically beneath him.”

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The Idaho Statesman

“Gallagher tapped with lightning speed through his numbers and exuded a cool Irish confidence as he traded rifts with Irish drummers, flamenco and American dancers.”

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The Arizona Daily Star

“Michael Patrick Gallagher is show-stopping as the lead male dancer. His moves are sharp and quick, and his feet move so fast they blur.”

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The Fresno Bee

“Michael Patrick Gallagher’s leg pumps up and down like a piston in some spectacular internal combustion engine; the movements so quick, so precise, that it’s like watching an old black and white movie speeded up so the motion seems almost superhuman. A leg can’t move that fast, can it? But it can in Riverdance.”

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The News and Observer, Raleigh

“Michael Patrick Gallagher is dazzling as the lord of the dance in ‘Riverdance’.”

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San Francisco Examiner

“Lead dancer Michael Patrick Gallagher is a slender young man with wonderfully fast footwork.”

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Deseret News, Salt Lake City

“Gallagher is an athlete. His feet and legs move so fast that they seem to vibrate rather than tap.”

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The Advocate, New Orleans

“...his footwork is furiously fast and intricate.”

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The Plain Dealer, Cleveland

“Michael Patrick Gallagher….has incredible speed and technique to burn. Moving his feet like lightning, Gallagher tapped rapid rhythms and zoomed through space.”

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The Seattle Times

“Gallagher, his taps sharp as a knife, is a tall imposing figure on stage.”

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TorontoStage.com

“And then there’s the riveting Michael Patrick Gallagher whose hard shoes rival a drum ensemble.”

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The Salt Lake Tribune

“…the lithe and nimble Michael Patrick Gallagher can still dazzle in the former Flately role.”

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The Indianapolis Star

“Michael Patrick Gallagher is the featured male dancer, moving with speed and elegance.”

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The Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“Michael Patrick Gallagher, the lead male dancer, has a boyish charm that contrasts with his rapid-fire footwork.”

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The Kansas City Star

“Michael Patrick Gallagher, a lithe dancer whose footwork is truly amazing.”

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The Star Phoenix, Saskatoon

“Gallagher commanded the stage with his breathtaking speed. In one amazing solo number, his feet seemed to fly.”

 

       
   
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