random thoughts & reviews
Connextions Magazine was recently invited to attend The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, presented by Chase at Radio City Music Hall. My partner and I took our kids to see this one-of-a-kind holiday celebration. We were Rockettes’ virgins, having never seen a live performance and we were excited to see what our kids’ reactions would be. Upon entering the theater, the magic of the holiday season begins to take over you and you can’t help but believe in the magic of Christmas and Santa Claus.
This year’s show features dazzling Rockettes dance numbers, New York in 3D, “Rag Dolls,” Rockettes as reindeer, the iconic red tour bus, Santa, Mrs. Claus, elves, ice skaters, the Three Wise Men and no nativity scene would be complete without sheep, donkeys and camels – Yes, real-breathing animals on stage! The only thing we noticed was missing on stage was a same-gender couple. There were several couples on stage portrayed throughout the show, and it would have been amazing to see a same-gender couple representing all of us within the LGBT community. However, we did not let this ruin our first Rockettes experience, and we are hopeful that soon, we will see the first ever same-sex couple dancing on a Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
The dance routines, the spectacular costumes and the meticulousness of each move by the Rockettes is one of a kind. They glide, move, slide, and kick with such precision that the entire troupe moves as one – not one hair out of place, and even all of the earrings match!
The Christmas Spectacular returns with some of its classic routines, and has reworked some to update them with a fresher content. “Rag Dolls,” originally debuted in 1940, and has been completely re-imagined for the 2014 production. The audience moves around New York City and even the North Pole, as we visit Santa’s enchanted toy factory culminating with the “Rag Dolls” number.
People of all ages, participate in this magical experience, which makes use of every part of the theater. The lobby is decorated to match the onstage experience, featuring a huge, Christmas tree inspired crystal chandelier which appears to be hovering over the lobby and upon entering you can hear all the “oohs” and “wows.” During the show, even the ceiling of Radio City Music Hall takes center stage with a light show projecting snowflakes, the New York City skyline, Christmas trees and many other images that appear to extend the reach of the stage. If you bring little ones with you, be sure to catch some confetti “snow” and ribbons, my kids are still holding on to them!
Since their debut in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in 1933, the Rockettes have danced into the hearts of millions and spread Christmas cheer to people of all ages. They have been part of some of the most prominent events in the entertainment landscape including the 2013 Super Bowl numeral unveil, the 2013 MLB Home Run Derby, NBC’s hit show, “America’s Got Talent,” and various other special events including award shows, national television appearances, sporting events and Presidential inaugurations.
Ticket Information – Tickets on sale
Running now through December 31, 2014 at Radio City Music Hall®.
Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased online at www.RadioCityChristmas.com, Ticketmaster at 1-866-858-0007 or Radio City's Box Office (50th St. & Avenue of the Americas).
Box Office hours are daily, 10 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Ticket prices include a $5.00 per ticket facility charge. Tickets purchased via Ticketmaster are subject to service charges.
For Groups 9+ please call 212-465-6080. Visit radiocitychristmas.com for more information.
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