Watching the Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been a holiday entertainment tradition for American families since the show first graced the stage in 1933. The show has seen lots of growth and many transformations over the decades, including the addition of a live nativity scene and a visit from Santa.
However, the show has maintained its style, class and daring as it has attempted to be more innovative and more creative each season. Favorite scenes such as the Nutcracker performance and the Rockettes as Toy soldiers are always anticipated by the younger audiences and never disappoint.
Each year for this event, the Radio City Music Hall lights up their little corner of New York City
The lights that adorn the exterior of the building are overshadowed only by the awe-inspiring gala taking place within. After years of attracting thousands to New York for the Christmas Spectacular, Radio City decided to send the show on the road. In 1994, they launched the touring version of the holiday musical sensation which took place in Branson, Missouri. It has since played for several years in the Rosemont Theatre in Rosemont, Illinois and the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live in Los Angeles.
The show currently features just over a dozen musical numbers
The majority of which feature either Santa or the Rockettes or both, and it is ninety minutes long. Of course, the signature performances of the show always come from the ever popular and always beautiful song and dance troupe the Rockettes. Many favorite Christmas carols are a part of the score, including “Sleigh Ride” which opens the show, “Twelve Days of Christmas” performed by the Rockettes and “Here Comes Santa Claus” featuring Santa and the Rockettes.
The shows great success can be attributed to the aesthetically and audibly pleasing aspect of the show such as glamorous costumes and sets, masterful sound an lighting design combined with the top-quality choreography and direction given to the astoundingly talented cast members. This show tugs the heart strings but it also nudges the funny bone a bit too. It is an inspiring piece of artwork while also being impressively enjoyable. Each year the design staff goes to great lengths to create newly inventive masterpieces for the stage, to the delight of the audience. The music has been edited over the years also in order to effectively make use of modern technology and equipment.
Childhood memories of watching this show, whether attending it live or just watching it on television while laying of the floor beside the Christmas tree in the family room are the type of memories that are forever cherished and never forgotten.
BroadwayBroadwayChildren who grow up to begin families of their own will look forward to the coming Christmases when they will be able to sit curled up on the couch with hot chocolate and their own children and watch the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.