Article in the Telegraph on Flatley's latest project.
Michael Flatley has made millions from his dance spectaculars. His latest moneyspinner takes him to Beirut, where Jan Moir meets him MORE
A full moon hangs low in the sky over Lebanon, gleaming over the haunting, ancient Roman site of Baalbek, where people once gathered to worship the gods Jupiter, Venus and Mercury. Tonight, the crowds have come for a different reason. They have come to see Lord of the Dance, the jig-a-jig, rat-tat-tat Irish spectacular that is being staged here as part of an arts festival. The Celtic show has made its creator, Michael Flatley, a millionaire many times over but, at the age of 43, he no longer dances with the troupe. However, here he is, looking smart in his Brioni suit and Cannali shirt and tie, his nuggety diamond earring and platinum highlights making him easy to spot in the front row. Do you know what? Exactly a year after his official retirement, following a performance in Dallas, Flatley feels as if he could get up on that stage right now and dance his silk socks off.
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