Lord of the Dance is an Irish musical and dance production that was created, choreographed, and produced by Irish-American dancer Michael Flatley, who also took a starring role. The music for the show was written by Ronan Hardiman.
Michael Flatley found his first fame starring in Riverdance, but he left the show in late 1995 due to conflicts over creative control. He dreamed of putting together a dance show capable of playing in arenas and stadiums instead of traditional theatres.
He soon began thinking of rhythm patterns and steps for an a cappella number. This number would later become “Planet Ireland”, the show’s finale. The show took six months to bring it from conception to the stage. Auditions were held in the SFX City Theatre in Dublin.