Greetings to all!
I am excited to report that we just had a wonder-full time at our company holiday outing on Saturday. The surprise destination? Manhattan’s beloved Radio City Music Hall to see the Christmas Spectacular.
And spectacular it was!
We all rendezvoused at the train station to catch the 7:58 train on a picture-perfect December morning, and less than two hours later we arrived at stately Grand Central Station. We then walked through the bustling streets of New York, enjoying the gorgeous store windows with their amazing holiday decorations, strolled past St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and paused at Rockefeller Center to watch the skaters and see the world-famous Christmas tree. Next stop: Radio City Music Hall!
It was my first time seeing the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and I was enthralled and enchanted. First off the building is so grand, and it’s like stepping into a time machine and being transported to a more glamorous era.
We had fantastic seats, smack dab center of the Mezzanine in the second row. The show started off with a BANG—including 3-D imagery (the 3-D glasses came with the program) that was total state-of-the-art amazing. Then, as the stars of this legendary holiday production, the Rockettes showcased their flawless precision, singing and dancing their way through challenging routines while wearing phenomenal costumes.
The live orchestra played holiday favorites, including “The 12 Days of Christmas” and the show-stopping “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers.” In “New York at Christmas,” the Rockettes boarded a REAL double-decker Gray Line tour bus and took the audience on a “tour” of Manhattan that included the Empire State Building, 5th Avenue, Central Park, and Times Square. All I can say is that it was exhilarating!
Santa and friends were on stage, too, creating more holiday magic. The audience got to peek at the North Pole toy workshop and gigantic warehouse of Christmas toys. This larger-than-life set became the backdrop to a high-energy tap routine featuring the Rockettes as rag dolls in a performance inspired by a classic number originally choreographed in 1933.
Just before the show concluded with the classic “Living Nativity—an awe-inspiring performance that also featured three camels, six sheep, and one donkey—the audience was treated with a retrospective film, “Let Christmas Shine,” which honored and celebrated Radio City and The Rockettes. As the film ended, the Rockettes appeared in stunning costumes boasting more than 3,000 Swarovski crystals EACH, and were arranged on a glittering staircase in a formation that suggested a gigantic Christmas tree. Can you say jaw-dropping?!?
The entire experience was uplifting and transporting, and I could not help but be in awe of the on-stage talent and behind-the-scenes expertise required to pull it off. Mind boggling and so very impressive!
I also couldn’t help but think that the Rockettes could use some Topricin Foot Therapy Cream, which I am going to have sent to their dressing room before the day is out!