Best show in town becomes talk of the terraces
IT was a first night crowd unlike any seen at a Dublin theatre before.
Two hundred fans of Bohemians Football Club brought a touch of the terraces to the Grand Canal Theatre last night for the opening performance of 'Dancing Shoes: The George Best Story'.
Written by Marie Jones and Martin Lynch, the stage musical tells the story of the football genius both on and off the pitch.
With this in mind, director Peter Sheridan said producers were delighted when Bohemians supporters booked a few rows for the Dublin premiere.
"It's usually large groups of women who go to the theatre but we have a big gang of men for whom this story means a great deal," Mr Sheridan said.
"Being football fans, you couldn't ask for a better first night crowd."
But co-writer and producer Martin Lynch was keen to stress you don't have to know anything about football to enjoy George Best's story.
"How George set out from the back streets of Belfast for fame and fortune is a fantastic tale. We didn't need to invent anything. In fact it was said that George lived nine lives in just one lifetime," said Mr Lynch of the superstar player who died in 2005 after a long history of alcohol abuse.
Much of the story is told through songs penned by JJ Gilmour and Pat Gribben.
Showstoppers include title song 'Dancing Shoes', based around a compliment paid to Best by ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev.
Some well-known faces who turned out for opening night included Gay Byrne, Joe Duffy, Miriam Ahern and singer Brian Kennedy.
The show runs in the Grand Canal Theatre all week.