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Celtic Fyre; A Busch Gardens Musical - Review

Updated on March 1, 2015
Celtic Fyre is an Irish Themed Broadway Style Show at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg
Celtic Fyre is an Irish Themed Broadway Style Show at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg | Source

Loving Ireland Itself

After stepping foot in Ireland for the first time, it didn't take long for me to fall in love with the Irish people and culture, their vibrant energy is highly contagious. Irish people are typically warm and outgoing; they tend to have a flair for language and fun. I have been traveling to Ireland for many years and when I am away for too long I not only miss the people but the misty rain, the view of the huge ragged cliffs, gentle green hills and of course the soothing Irish tea calls my name, it haunts me. My love of Ireland is a like a disease that I never want to shake.

Gated Ireland Entrance, Busch Gardens
Gated Ireland Entrance, Busch Gardens | Source
Celtic Fyre Show Times, Bush Gardens
Celtic Fyre Show Times, Bush Gardens | Source
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Can Amusement Park Theme Shows be Good?

Although it has been a number of years since my last trip to Ireland, I managed to find a local fix, a way to feed my need for Irish Culture in the way of a Broadway Style Show in the Ireland section at the European theme park Busch Gardens located in Williamsburg, Virginia. I will admit that my expectations for a theme park show were low. My experience with theme park shows involved Mickey and Minnie Mouse singing in front of Cinderella’s Castle in Disney World at regular intervals throughout the day, ending with a few fireworks for good measure. It was fun, but not more than I might have expected from a theme park show.

Celtic Fyre is First Rate!

This Disney Show experience is far from the case of the Irish themed show in Busch Gardens. Not only does Celtic Fyre capture the vibrant energy of the Irish people, it is a first rate show that has managed to hook fans that keep coming back for more. Celtic Frye fans with a season pass come back again and again, even seeing the show more than once a day, they just can't resist. Fans and Celtic Fyre alumni attend first and final shows with added enthusiasm, making for an even more exciting experience.

Having lived in New York City for most of my life, I have been exposed to my share of world class theater including Broadway and Off Broadway shows, some great, some not so much. However, this Busch Gardens Show entitled “Celtic Fyre” has gone to the top of my musical theater list and that is why I am giving it a great review, it is a must see!

This world class production manages to combine some of the best aspects of Irish culture and fit them into an immensely entertaining Broadway style show. The singers, musicians and dancers dressed in traditional Irish costumes are mesmerizing to watch. The show incorporates animals including an Irish Setter and birds that add a unique dimension to this musical production. In true Irish tradition, the cast manages to make the audience feel at home by involving the audience at numerous times throughout the show and allowing the contagious Irish love of life to spread to all of those who enter the Abbey Stone Theater.

Writing this review is bittersweet, since the show has just closed for the season but me and my fellow Celtic Frye fans can now begin counting the days until the show comes back in the spring.

If you enjoy top quality musical theater and think you might enjoy the vibrant contagious Irish spirit then this show must be on your summer bucket list.

Videos from Celtic Fyre

On the Streets of Dublin

This song was cleverly adapted from the Irish play “A Man of No Importance” and is used as the opening piece to introduce the characters.

Wild Rover Lyrics (abbreviated)

I've been a wild rover for many's the year
I've spent all me money on whiskey and beer
But now I'm returning with gold in great store
And I never will play the wild rover no more

And it's No, Nay, never,
No, nay never no more
Will I play the wild rover,
No never no more

Wild Rover

If for some reason you weren’t already completely mesmerized by this show, the catchy traditional Irish song “Wild Rover” will have you clapping and perhaps singing at all the right moments and maybe even in the car ride home.

The Voice

The Irish people are not all about lively fun and vibrant step dancing they also slow down and reflect. “The Voice” is a slow and enrapturing type of song that allows to you explore the more introspective side of the Irish people.

Irish (Gaelic) Blessing

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

May the Road Rise Up to Meet You

With lyrics taken from the traditional Gaelic blessing “May the Road Rise up To Meet you” is a song sung as a wish to an Irish couple at a wedding as part of the story line.

Snap Shots from Celtic Fyre

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Celtic Fyre Irish DancersCeltic Fyre Tap Dancers
Celtic Fyre Irish Dancers
Celtic Fyre Irish Dancers | Source
Celtic Fyre Tap Dancers
Celtic Fyre Tap Dancers | Source

© 2014 Tracy Lynn Conway


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    Randi Benlulu 

    6 years ago from Mesa, AZ

    I have never been to Ireland but your opening paragraph, tempts me!

    What an amazing description of what seems like an awesome musical! Thank you for sharing!


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