Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets : Performers Are The Women Troupe Known As The Rockettes
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is an annual musical holiday stage show presented at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The show features over 140 performers, lavish sets and costumes and an original musical score. The 90 minute revue combines singing, dancing and humor with traditional scenes in spectacular stage settings. The star performers are the women's precision dance troupe known as the Rockettes. Since the first version was presented in 1933, the show has become a New York Christmas tradition seen by more than a million visitors a year.
The Christmas Spectacular begins with the Radio City Rockettes, as the Reindeer, performing the opening number, "Sleigh Ride". And shortly, Santa Claus arrives and they lift off into the air. Now the action shifts to a 3-D film where the audience, wearing their 3D glasses, watches Santa flying to New York City from the North Pole in his magic sleigh. Once he arrives, he flies around some of New York City's landmarks including the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. Finally Santa heads towards the Radio City Music Hall, for his annual visit.
Once Santa arrives at the Music Hall, the movie ends and the show really begins. Santa appears on stage and acts as host. His introduces the Rockettes who perform a dance rendition of the classic Christmas carol, "The Twelve Days of Christmas".Santa then announces "Every little girl's dream", which is a scene from The Nutcracker.A little girl dreams about opening her presents on Christmas Day, and dances with the 6-foot-tall (1.8 m) toy bears and rabbits that she finds in the unwrapped boxes.
This is followed by one of the show's original numbers from 1933, "The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers", again performed by the Rockettes. The toy soldier costumes worn in the act are still of the same design created in 1933 by Vincente Minelli. Each costume is made for the individual dancer.The next scene finds the Rockettes in a big double decker tour bus in front of a set of Radio City. They travel all over New York on the bus singing "New York at Christmas". The bus arrives at Times Square where the Rockettes finish their dance with on-stage fireworks.
Two boys, Ben and Patrick, now come up to Santa on a corner in Times Square. Ben asks Santa for help finding a present for their sister, but Patrick claims that the old man isn't Santa. Santa tries to convince Patrick that he is the real thing with the numbers "Here Come Santa Claus" and "Magic is There". Then the boys and Santa magically fly off in a blizzard to the North Pole.
Arriving the North Pole, Santa tells Ben and Patrick to go find a gift in his warehouse. He says "When it's really the perfect present, you don't find the gift... the gift finds you." Then the Rockettes perform the number "Ragdolls".
After this number, Ben and Patrick magically return to Times Square where Patrick admits that he does believe in Santa and sings a reprise of "Magic is There".The next segment features a short video history of Radio City Music Hall and the Rockettes, before going into the show stopping number "Let Christmas Shine". The stage glows in silver and the Rockettes appear in costumes decked with Swarovski Crystal.The "Living Nativity", one of the show's original scenes now follows.
Special effects and a pageant including live camels and sheep dramatize the birth of Christ. There is a new narration by Ben and Patrick, reading to their sister, and a choral number, "One Solitary Life".The show closes with a singing of "Joy to the World" before the cast takes their bows to a reprise of "Let Christmas Shine".