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