RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR
Open Captioned Performances:
Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 5:00 PM
Radio City Music Hall
Tickets: $45.00 each, orchestra seating
This perennial favorite featuring the Rockettes returns to Radio City for audiences of all ages. The production features exciting newer elements like a ride with Santa to his workshop at the North Pole, as well as traditional ones, such as the "The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" and "The Living Nativity", presented by a cast of more than 140 people replete with glamorous costumes. The show runs 90 minutes with no intermission.
From The New York Times last year:
Listen — are those steps we hear Santa’s reindeer? No, those would be 72 nimble feet of the Rockettes, moving in unison at this year’s Radio City Christmas Spectacular. And those feet (and strong, shapely legs) enable wonder to trump distaste at this show, which, in its customary fashion, breathlessly ricochets between time-honored production numbers and more recent innovations, many from last year's update. It’s the 85th year of the Rockettes, and they are simply magnificent: regal in their precision, radiant in their costumes, exuberant in their high kicks. From their first appearance onstage — as reindeer, in horned headwear, pulling Santa’s sleigh toward Manhattan — they inspire awe. Off they fly (passing landmarks and logos for sponsors like Chase), in a 3-D aerial sequence concluding at Radio City Music Hall, where we meet Mr. Claus, the evening’s M.C. In a “Twelve Days of Christmas” sequence, attired in candy-cane dresses, the Rockettes strut their versatility: some tap, some swing, some ballet and, of course, some high kicks. As the audience catches its breath, Santa, in a fascinating interlude, reviews Rockette costumes from six eras. (Bob Mackie in the ’80s — who knew?) And then it’s back into the season: an agreeable “Nutcracker” medley segues into “The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers,” a perennial since the first “Spectacular,” in 1933, followed by the spirited “New York at Christmas,” with lovely moving backdrops, a Rockettes-packed Gray Line double-decker tour bus and a Central Park skating rink. Nextâ€¦ a narrative detour following little Kayla and her mom, who seek the elusive Jumping Jasmine doll. At a department store (a Chase A.T.M. in view), they meet Santa — pause for the delightful “Here Comes Santa Claus,” featuring a legion of St. Nicks and nifty mirror tricks — who takes them to his North Pole factory and a maudlin number, “Closer Than You Know.” But there’s trouble up north: The Humbugs, including an ice monster and scowling gingerbread men, have kidnapped Santa’s toys. An explosion of 3-D video-game pyrotechnics ensues. Bring on the cavalry! It’s “Rockettes to the Rescue,” the dancers in green Planet Mongo costumes, decimating the enemy with good-cheer blasts and saving us from mawkish sentiment and garish effects. Mother and daughter make it home, where a bedside Bible reading segues into “The Living Nativity,” another staple since 1933, with its live procession of camels, sheep and a donkey. But the finale rightly goes to the Rockettes, together all the holiday gift a New Yorker could ask for.
Infrared listening system available.
Running time: 90 minutes, including intermission