Radio City Christmas Show Tickets
Have A Roaring Good Time With Radio City Rockettes TicketsTHE HISTORY OF A HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR!
The legendary stage at the great Radio City Music Hall has been home to the Christmas Spectacular, starring the Rockettes, for the past seventy-five years. The production has added a dazzling new opening number to celebrate this anniversary of a New York City holiday classic, but the show wasn’t always as elaborate as it is today. The year was 1933 and the time was very different and a lot less simple then we know it. FDR was president, the country was trying to recover from a depression, the magazine Newsweek went into publication, prohibition ended and Mount Rushmore was dedicated.
One year after Radio City Music Hall opened the Christmas Spectacular began as a between movie screening. The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers and the living Nativity were the shows only two acts and can still be seen in the current production. In 1979 the show was expanded to ninety minutes to accommodate a number of additional acts. The tradition of the show between movie screenings was dropped and other acts have since been added to update the production with the times. Technology that was not possible at the onset of the show has now allowed the show to evolve and includes many special effects and an opening 3-D movie.
The stars of the show, the Rockettes, are a well-known precision dance company that performs in perfect unison. The group was established by Russell Markeit in 1925 in St. Louis, Missouri as the “Missouri Rockets”. They debuted at Radio City Music Hall on December 27, 1932 and have been performing their show stopping, high kicking routines ever since. Rockettes must be between 5’6” and 5’10” inches tall and be proficient in tap and jazz. The famous kick line consists of 36 women and are arranged tallest in the middle and shortest on the ends. They have also performed annually at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade since 1957. The Rockettes are a staple in Broadway history and an icon of the Christmas Spectacular. So much so that in November 2005 the productions musicians and stagehands went on strike but the show went on with the dancers performing to prerecorded music. The strike was eventually settled and everybody went back to work but the incident was a testament not only to the old adage “the show must go on” but to the popularity of this holiday tradition.
Radio City Music Hall, with its 5933 seats, became the largest movie theater in the world at the time of its opening. The stage measures 66.5 feet deep and 144 feet wide. The hall was a project of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and was originally intended as an opera house but he changed his mind when the stock market crashed in 1929. Regular film showings ended in 1979 as changes in film distribution made it harder to secure exclusive bookings and the theater’s policy of only showing G-rated movies became less popular as the decade moved forward. In addition to the Christmas Spectacular the hall is also used for the Daytime Emmy Awards and the Tony Awards. The stage has also been home to the NFL Draft in 2006 and 2007.
As the times changed and technology carried us forward one thing has remained constant; over two million people flock to New York to experience this production and have made it a part of their holiday tradition. Adults and children can enjoy this show together and in our busy world there aren’t many opportunities like that anymore. Take advantage of this amazing theatrical display and come and celebrate seventy-five years of magical entertainment at Radio City Music Hall. The Christmas Spectacular will certainly put you in the holiday mood!
Radio City Christmas Show Tickets
Radio City Christmas Show Tickets will be a very in demand event ticket to get. The longer you wait the more expensive and least chance you will have to procure your seats for the show. The best bet is always to call the Theatre as soon as possible before the tickets sell out. To view a great selection of Radio City Christmas Show Tickets click the link!
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