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Radio City Christmas Spectacular Is Exactly What The Doctor Ordered

Radio City Christmas Spectacular Is Exactly What The Doctor Ordered
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Haul out the holly;
Put up the tree before my spirit falls again.
Fill up the stocking,
I may be rushing things, but deck the halls again now.
For we need a little Christmas
Right this very minute,
Candles in the window,
Carols at the spinet.
Yes, we need a little Christmas
Right this very minute.
It hasn’t snowed a single flurry,
But Santa, dear, we’re in a hurry;

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

New Yorkers and this country need Christmas to come early this year, along with all it stands for right this very minute. The radiant Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes is just the ticket. A New York institution, the Christmas Spectacular is a one-of-a-kind celebration perfect for family, friends, and those you hold dear. It was with childlike anticipation that my three friends and I approached the 86th anniversary of the Rockettes! Three of us had never attended before. Cindy just moved here from California, Maria is from Boston and originally from Guatemala and how I missed this was beyond me. To say this is a show for everyone is not a cliche.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

From the moment the show starts off with the fabulous orchestra and singing usherettes, you are transported in a magical wonderland. The adorable Rockettes prance in as reindeer ushering in Santa (Charles Edward Hall) and you are a child once again. Each holiday season, more than 2 million people make the pilgrimage to see the world famous Rockettes kick up their heels, as 6000 people two to five times a day to watch Santa, his reindeer and the high kicking Rockettes.

Next is a thrilling 3D film that also serves as an infomercial. Ok so we know commercials is here to stay.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

The twelve Days of Christmas is an aerobic workout that shows off The Rockettes off.

The Nutcracker, complete with life-sized teddy bears dancing with Clara creates a comedic take on an original.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers has those Rockettes again slowly cascading in an athletic feat. Precision has never been better.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

As the Rockettes dress and dance as snowflakes nine shining, transparent orbs rise into the air as if Glinda the Good Witch is watching over us. It is transfixing. The globes, each contain a giant snowflake, and use GPS technology.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

The Living Nativity was inspirational and beautifully done. It was nice that this is still apart of our Christmas and not deemed “politically incorrect,” as the baby Jesus is worshiped onstage. There was a spiritual gloriousness to this.

The elaborate sets by Patrick Fahey, the array  of costumes by Gregg Barnes, Frank Krenz, and the late Martin Pakledinaz, the dazzling lights byDavid Agress are sensational and the impressive projections by Batwin + Robin Productions are thrilling.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Conceived, directed and choreographed by Julie Branam, Christmas Spectacular is a holiday card of all New York is, sealed with high kicks and glamour.

The days this season may not be merry and bright, but for these 90 minutes we are as we are transported back to a more innocent era.


Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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