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Rockin' Road to Dublin


The new generation of Irish music & dance. Experience the difference.

Inspired by epic spectacles like Riverdance, RRTD's renowned team of tour professionals is reviving the classic art form to create a new Irish show with a contemporary feel and a broader appeal. Choreographer and lead male Scott Doherty (RiverdanceLord of the Dance) has teamed up with veteran Celtic rocker Chris Smith to produce an exciting fusion of music, movement and culture that has never been done before. RRTD is a breathtaking display of classic Irish tunes accented by rock 'n' roll riffs, electrifying dancers and a dynamic light show. Enjoy the thrilling sights and sounds as daring performers execute rapid-fire leaps, twirls and footwork, and nimble fiddlers square off with driving electric guitar chords and pulse-pounding drum beats. Fans say, "Rockin' Road to Dublin not only combines Riverdance and Lord of the Dance perfectly, but actually surpasses them!"

  • World champion Irish dancers and talented musicians who have toured with legendary Celtic & Irish acts, including: The American Rogues, Yanni, Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance, Riverdance, Gaelforce Dance, The Irish Tenors, An Irish Christmas, Cherish the Ladies, Michael Londra, and Andy Cooney
  • Breathes new life into the traditional Irish dance show with modern costumes, electric guitars, upbeat jigs and reels, drum kits, and elements of rock and roll
    • Instant family favorites include a percussion battle between Irish dancers and snare drummers, led by creators Doherty & Smith
    • "Fields of Athenry" and "A Nation Once Again" rearranged in a rock music style by NYC arranger, Brent Frederick. Frederick won a LA award for Best Music Direction and is the Broadway associate programmer for Cinderella, Aladdin, Newsies & Leap of Faith
    • An Irish dance number set to a medley of classic hits from the 80's
  • Veteran production team includes stage, music and costume directors who have worked with high profile productions from Cirque de Soleil and The Blue Man Group to Riverdance and major Broadway productions
  • Features choreography by world champion Scott Doherty of Riverdance & Lord of the Dance, 10 Irish dancers, male and female lead vocals, a seven-member band and an innovative light show & set design
    • 12 dancers and 8 piece band
    • Comprehensive and cutting-edge moving and conventional lighting package
    • Wardrobe support systems, steamers, hangers and gondolas
    • Easily installable risers, trussing, theatrical scenery and dance marley
    • Travels with own PA, amplifiers, backline and clearcom package
    • Lighting designer, production electrician and wardrobe manager capable of adapting designs per venue needs
    • *Some lodging may need to be provided for multi-night & week long runs only

A Brief History

You may be familiar with Scott Doherty, a World Champion Irish dancer who has been a featured star on tours with Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. His name and credentials have been blasted on national press releases since 2005 and are still used to promote ticket sales for current shows such as An Irish Christmas which premiered in Dec. 2014 and is fully booked for Dec. 2015.


(TOP: Doherty on tour with Riverdance in 2005 / BOTTOM: After winning the 2009 Male World Championship title in Irish dance)

Much like when Michael Flatley left Riverdance to create Lord of the Dance,Scott Doherty is ready to use his extensive knowledge and background in the performing arts to add 'Producer' to his resume. With the help of co-creator and veteran rock-n-roll musician, Chris Smith, the two set out to design a top-notch production based on best practices and lessons they've learned over their combined careers. Soon they enlisted the help of fellow friends and colleagues to create a star-studded crew stacked with impressive credentials, including: 
  • Chris Smith / Co-Creator - designed lighting production for Yanni & My Chemical Romance and toured worldwide with top Celtic rock act, The American Rogues. 
  • Brent Frederick / Music Director - Broadway's Pippin, Fiddler on the Roof, Newsies, Cinderella, Aladdin, Beauty & the Beast and won a award for Best Music Direction for Priscilla Queen of the Desert
  • Bryan White / Associate Director - stage managed The Blue Man Group and Cirque de Soleil 
  • Ashley Wilson / Head Costume Designer - previous Head of Wardrobe for the US tours of Riverdance & Elf
  • Richard Smith / Business Manager - Richmond Symphony board member and retired Senior VP & CIO of Carmax; penned the original business plan that started the automotive retailer & Fortune 500 company
  • World Champion Dancers - features Doherty as the lead male alongside lead female Ashley Smith, a 3-time World Champion Irish dancer who has been a featured dancer from Broadway to Hollywood & was a Top 30 finalist in the hit series, So You Think You Can Dance. The cast also includes several world champions & previous lead dancers from Lord of the Dance and Riverdance.
Together this dream team of aficionados gave life to Rockin' Road to Dublin, a production that features Irish music & dance like it's never been done before. Hot on the heels of anniversary tours for Riverdance & Celtic Woman, RRTD is set to brand itself as the new generation in Irish music & dance. Fans are already raving! Audiences nationwide agree that Rockin' Road to Dublin is the newest must-see show. Experience the difference.


(TOP: Creators Doherty and Smith lead the percussion battle between dancers & drummers, a family favorite scene / BOTTOM: Doherty as the lead male in his production Rockin' Road to Dublin)

Chrysler Hall / Norfolk, VA

When this show comes to a venue near you, run to get tickets! Irish dance / music shows now have a new standard. Part Irish, part classic rock concert, all energy! The staging and lighting got the crowd pumped up and when combined with great music and phenomenal choreography the whole thing is a blast. Great vocals with just the right amount of attitude as well as deep soul.

Irish Dancing Magazine

“Rockin’ Road to Dublin is that all-important one-two punch of style and mastery… the cast exudes a fabulous mix of charisma and personality. However, the fun vibe is solidly backed by the highly original choreography and technical mastery of every performer onstage; world-class, although this crew is making it all look easy. Scott and Chris have made some magic here.”

Michael Flatley, Lord of the Dance

In 2010, after Scott Doherty & cast-mate Michael McHugh won World Titles in Irish dance.

“We are so happy for Scott and Michael. Their dedication to Irish dance and exceptional abilities are just some of the reasons they are part of the Lord of the Dance team. I was just ecstatic to see them both crowned as world champions and we are very fortunate to have them as part of our cast. Each one is a superstar.”

Five years later (2015)

"It's a pretty great day when Michael Flatley asks you how your new show is going and encourages you saying "It's so great to see new innovative shows being created." That. Just. Happened."

Posted by Scott Doherty on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Marathon Performing Arts Center : Findlay, OH

They did not disappoint. They were super fun and the audience was really into it. They were great to work with and everyone was really happy with the show. We'd recommend them to others and would like to have them back in the future.

Palos Hills, IL

I just want to tell you again what a great time we had last night. It was a fantastic show! Thinking bask over all the concert/performance shows I've seen I think this was my favorite. It was perfectly orchestrated. Every time I started to think it was getting a bit loud they worked in something softer and sweeter. The creators certainly must have had a clear vision. If we had seen that performance anywhere on any stage we would have been equally impressed.

Rockin Road to Dublin offers 4 types of workshop and school performances:

VIP Meet and Greet: Scheduled 20 minutes prior to the house opening time; audience members get a chance to meet 1 of the production’s lead dancers, 2 members of the dancetroupe, 1 lead vocalist and 1 of the members of the band. These performers share insights intothe worlds of Irish Dance and Celtic rock, and share stories of how they came to be where they are in their performance journey. Audience members participating in this exclusive meet and greet will have a photo opportunity with these members of the cast on stage, and also have early seating available. Increases Presenter's bottom line!

Irish Dance and Music Workshop (At performance venue): Attendees get a chance to meet 1 of the production’s lead dancers, 2 members of the dance troupe, 1 lead vocalist and 1 of the members of the band. In addition to answering questions and sharing insights, these performers will conduct an exclusive workshop with audience members demonstrating basic Irish dance steps and formations, and will give audience members a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn directly from Irish dance World champions.The musical aspect of these workshops will cover a wide variety of subjects and will appeal to musicians of all ages and disciplines. Exclusive photo opportunity, brief stage tour and early seating are also available for audience members participating in this workshop.

Irish Dance Workshop (Offsite): Lasting 60 minutes, audience members get a special chance to meet 2 of the production’s lead dancers and 2 members of the dance troupe as they come straight to you! In addition to answering questions and sharing insights, these performers will conduct an exclusive workshop with audience members demonstrating basic Irish dance steps and formations, and will give audience members a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn directly from Irish dance World champions. Exclusive photo opportunities are also available for audience members participating in this workshop. Ground transportation must be provided.

School Show: Scheduled no more than 3 to 4 hours prior to a scheduled performance, and running about 45 minutes, these shows will offer an unforgettable look into the world of Rockin Road to Dublin. These performances will include the show’s characteristic soaring vocals, unique choreography and cutting edge musical style through staged versions of multiple numbers from the show. Educational insights will be offered both prior to the show and immediately following the show, specifically tailored to the specifics of the world of Irish dance and the training and rigor required for World class success. Musical component will include insights on technique, style and on stage performance. These shows should appeal to a wide variety of school-aged audience types.