Anthony Street in “Celtic Illusion: A Night of Dance and Magic,” at The Shubert Theatre, May 7
Photo: Courtesy “Celtic Illusion”
“Celtic Illusion,” will strut its stuff at The Shubert Theatre on Sat., May 7, fusing contemporary Irish dance with spectacular magic and grand illusion. First performed in 2011, the production is created and choreographed by its star, Anthony Street.
Boasting some of the world’s fastest tap dancing from a skillful cast of champion and internationally acclaimed dancers, the show has a score composed by a stellar team including: Angela Little, co-composer of the score for Baz Luhrman’s film “Australia;” Steve Skinner, arranger and producer for Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder and the Broadway musical “Rent;” and Emmy-nominated singer and producer, Michael Londra.
Anthony Street has a story reminiscent of Billy Elliot. Born and raised in Melbourne, Street lives a double life, getting his hands dirty as a demolition worker by day and lighting up the stage by night.
The illusionist grew up surrounded by motorbikes, racing cars, hunting, and football before he fell in love with “Riverdance.” With the assistance of his grandmother, he secretly began taking Irish dance lessons. He holds the distinction of being the first Australian to perform the lead role in Michael Flatley’s acclaimed “Lord of the Dance.”