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Chicago Audiences are LOVING Heartbeat of Home!

We spoke to audience members who attended the US premiere of HEARTBEAT OF HOME during its first week here in Chicago at the Oriental Theatre. Their reactions are overwhelmingly positive, and we’ve heard so many more people tell us how impressed they were and how much they enjoyed the show. Don’t miss your chance to see this celebration of Ireland and its diverse culture, now playing through March 16th!

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Short & Sweet: Heartbeat of Home

Diana Martinez and guest critic Dorothea Schultz give you the Short & Sweet on Heartbeat of Home, now playing at the Oriental Theatre through March 16th. Read more at the Daily Herald

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Heartbeat of Home – Review by Jessica Eggert

This guest post was submitted by Broadway In Chicago audience member Jessica Eggert. Thank you Jessica for sharing your review with us!

I had the privilege of attending the Broadway show Heartbeat of Home’s opening night in Chicago. As a regular season ticket holder, I have had the pleasure of viewing many fantastic shows over the years. However, this show was the best of the best and it would be criminally selfish to withhold this experience and not share it.

Heartbeat of Home was a purely magically culmination of music, dance, song and nature blended into one. There was so much respect for all various forms of art; one could feel it through the beat of a drum or the stomp of a dance shoe. Every dancer showcased their broad range of movements and perfected technique for Irish step, ballet, jazz, flamenco, hip-hop and more. All genres of dance were highlighted equally without favoritism for any specific form. There was a perfect amount of chemistry between dancers as well as playfulness. It was remarkable to see these athletes move and take on completely new characters through every new set. These dancers have mastered dance on levels beyond technique and have incorporated their hearts into their steps.

While typically the musicians remain in the orchestra pit, unseen, the Heartbeat of Home took the liberty of inviting them onto the stage and transformed them into their own characters. The talented artists played with the dancers, instead of for them. They all interacted and had solos allowing each performer to stand out. These musicians and vocal artists performed music from all over the world in multiple genres! It is clear that these artists are not your average performer, because of this ability to conquer all forms of music individually and as an entire orchestra.

The exploration of space through the scenery was fascinating. The use of a projector did not dominate the show, as it often times has the tendency to do, but instead complimented the show. The elements of nature, water, sunset, and storms were carefully woven into each set and poured onto the stage with just the right amount of light. This ignited multiple facets of emotions for audience members; we became curious, excited, soothed, and amazed at how well the use of scenery coincided with entire show. The projector transported the audience and dancers all over the world in an elegant cinematic way.

I highly recommend all to see this performance; from the early stages of life to the elderly and anywhere in between, there is something for everyone to enjoy. There is not a single target audience. Heartbeat of Home is a sincere and honest show that explores music, dance, song, and space. It invites audiences to participate and play along; to become a part of the show. So go, be part of the show and share your experiences as I have shared mine.

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The North American Premiere Reviews for Heartbeat of Home are Here!

BIC Vice President Eileen LaCario attends Heartbeat of Home in Toronto

BIC Vice President Eileen LaCario attends Heartbeat of Home in Toronto

Following  the North American premiere in Toronto, Heartbeat of Home now has the critics applauding this “stage-thumping success”, according to the four-star review in The Toronto Star! Our very own Broadway In Chicago Vice President, Eileen LaCario, attended the show over the weekend and was extremely impressed.

“Surprise is the best element that a piece of live entertainment can possess, and Heartbeat of Home… is positively jam-packed with the nicest kind of surprises.”

“It’s a spectacular celebration of the human spirit that provides non-stop entertainment as well. That’s quite the combination.” – The Toronto Star

“Heartbeat of Home is an exuberant, sexy tribute to the diversity of dance.”

Perhaps the highest compliment of all: “It was a lovely way to spend a snowy Sunday afternoon. For more than two hours I forgot about winter.”- Mooney on Theatre

“Heartbeat of Home is everything a great theatre production should be.  Creative, invigorating, sexy and inspiring, this is a show with a clear vision, even better execution, and more than the requisite amount of heart.”

“The second act’s big number, “Latin Groove,” is a non-stop, cross-cultural dance jam that packs five separate numbers into one massive explosion — serious “wow” factor. It was ferocious, athletic, sexy and moving.” –

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Opening Night Reactions to ‘Heartbeat of Home’ Are Here…

And the audience in Toronto loves it! This new show from the producers of Riverdance had its North American premiere last night and here is just a sample of what people are saying:

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You can see more from Toronto audiences on the official Heartbeat of Home blog.

The next stop for their tour will be the Oriental Theatre here in Chicago from March 4 – 16, 2014. Don’t miss out on this spectacular new production featuring the dynamic, vibrant components of traditional Irish, Latin and Afro-Cuban music and dance. The world-class cast of forty includes a ten-piece band creating a new and electrifying sound written by award-winning, Golden-Globe-nominated composer Brian Byrne. You can get your tickets for the Chicago run at

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