Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring The Rockettes is a definite must for anyone wanting to get into the holiday mood. A New York institution, this one-of-a-kind celebration is perfect for tourists, New Yorkers, family, friends and those you hold dear.
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 (the wonderful 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 Rockette’s kick up their heels, as 6000 people, two to five times a day watch Santa, his reindeer and the high kicking Rockettes.
Conceived, directed and choreographed by Julie Branam, the Christmas Spectacular is a holiday card sealed with high kicks and glamour.
A thrilling 3D film and the projections by Batwin + Robin Productions are seriously exquisite. There are moments that your eyes do not know where to look thanks to the added technology of Obscura Digital, new this year.
The twelve Days of Christmas is an aerobic workout that shows off The Rockettes off as does The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers, which has the Rockettes slowly cascading in an athletic feat, where precision has never been better.
The Nutcracker, complete with life-sized teddy bears dancing with Clara creates a comedic take on an original. 12-year-old Rylee Rogers is stunning as Clara.
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.
A multitude of dancing Santa’s was a visual wonder.
The Living Nativity highlighted by live animals was inspirational and beautifully done. For 90-minutes you will be transported and infused with the holiday spirit.
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.
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.
Note to attendee’s get there early as the lines are long and the show starts on time whether you are through the lines or not.