Radio City Christmas Spectacular
The Radio City Rockettes first kicked their way onto the stage at New York's Radio City Music Hall on December 27, 1932, and almost immediately gained the status of American icons. The 36-member dance troupe is now most famous for their starring role each year in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular holiday show, which also features a Living Nativity with live animals, an indoor snowfall, fireworks and Santa Claus flying across the theater on a journey to the North Pole.
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular entertains nearly two million patrons every year at either the New York performances or the touring production in cities across the United States.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular: New York City
The 90-minute performances begin in early November and run until New Year's Eve, with three to five shows per day. The cast of 150 includes the Rockettes, singers, dancers, musicians and more. The Radio City Christmas spectacular performers go through more than 1,200 costumes, with the Rockettes changing costumes eight times each show, with as little as 78 seconds to do so during a few of the changeovers. The show has adopted several high-tech tweaks in recent years, including what is billed as the country's "largest flying indoor LED screen" that is incorporated into many of the scenes throughout the performance.
Tickets for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall range from $45 to $105 and are available at the box office, online or by calling the toll-free Ticket Hotline at 866-858-0007.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular: Touring Production
The touring production of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular expanded to the West Coast in 2010, and now touches down in 27 cities across the country. The touring show is designed to deliver the same show as in New York, including the eye-high kicks of the Rockettes chorus line and such fan favorites as the "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" precision dance number. The tour begins in November and wraps up on Christmas weekend. Tour stops in 2010 are: Madison, Wisconsin; Fort Myers and Jacksonville, Florida; Providence, Rhode Island; Denver and Colorado Springs, Colorado; Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Kansas City, Missouri; Nashville, Tennessee; Wichita, Kansas; Salt Lake City, Utah; Phoenix, Arizona; Boston, Massachusetts; San Diego, Anaheim, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, Fresno, Sacramento, San Jose and Oakland, California; Austin, Texas; Boise, Idaho; and Portland, Oregon.
Tickets for the touring Radio City Christmas Spectacular are available at the box office of the venue or online.
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