Radio City Music Hall Rockettes

I am still working my way through my to do list and I am happy to say that I can check one more off the list, going to a show at Radio City Music Hall.  And I didn’t just go any show, I went to see the famous Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Rockettes.  This place is phenomenal.  Let’s start at the beginning of the evening.

Radio City Rockettes (1)My friend Christine agreed to go with me to the show and we found tickets on GoldStar for the Second Mezzanine.  Our show wasn’t until 8PM so we went to a near by taqueria, Ponche  on 49th Street.  Cubicle 57 blogged about it being her favorite lunch spot in midtown so I figured we should give it a try. It was delicious, off the tourist track, small and did I mention delicious? We ordered the chips and guac which was not spicy at all and I had El Ponche Burrito that had pulled pork and was yummy.  It’s a BYOB place, so if you want a drink, remember to bring it along.

Radio City Rockettes (3)

Ponche

From there we booked it over to Radio City to get our will call tickets, we maybe had 20 minutes when we got into the rather large line.  We picked up our tickets and sat down with seconds to spare.  So a note to anyone else out there, don’t cut the time too short if you think your going to get in with 5 minutes to spare, your probably going to miss something.  Like the first Rockette dance as reindeer:

Opening Raindeer Rockette Dance

Opening Raindeer Rockette Dance

Now before we get too far two things. One sorry the pictures of the show are not the best, I forgot my actual camera, so they are all from my iPhone.  Two, let’s be honest about this show. If you a kid, it’s probably amazing.  There are even parts in 3-D, if you’re an adult, you must recognize that this is going to be cheesy to enjoy it.  Were there some very silly parts? Sure, but was it fun? Yes. Yes it was. It’s one of those classic New York things that I think you must see.  And the Rockettes are pretty amazing.

They are precise machines. We went to the North Pole, all over New York City, into a video game, and to a manger in Bethlehem.  Santa narrated the story, going through the 85 year history of the Rockettes costumes. We watched a short version of the Nutcracker by dancing bears. There were several dancing singing numbers that included having a NYC Sightseeing bus on stage and ice skating rink.  And yes, there are people who can actually perform tricks skating around.  We went to a steam punk north pole and there were a couple camels several sheep on stage at the end. Again, the stories were kind of cheesy but the dancing, ice skating, and venue are amazing.

The Show

The Show

Let’s talk more about  Radio City Hall Music, it is awesome.  I absolutely love the details of the design.  This is one of the ArtDeco Buildings that is perfect.  All the details are there, the signs are awesome. The chandeliers and the lights in the balconies are great.  They are able to use the entire walls around the stage as a sort of screen to project on, making the stage seem three times larger.  The stage was amazing.  I want to go meet someone who works that stage that can give me a tour and let me play with it.  For starters, the stage is broken into at least three sections from front to back that can raise up and down to at least 15 feet at the highest.  They raised the entire ice skating rink with large lamp post out from below the stage, which must be at least 20 feet deep or better.  There is also the orchestra pit that could be covered over at normal stage level, it would drop down, or they could raise it up to be level with the stage.  There are also large turn tables that spin and trap doors everywhere. It was awesome. I think I was more excited by all the stuff that stage could do than anything else, except maybe the Rockettes.  This is just one more reason to go to a show like the Christmas Spectacular at  Radio City Hall Music just to see the stage.  I want to go back for a musical performance because I’ve been told the acoustics are amazing.  They were good for the show, but I would love to see someone like Adele perform there.

Lights, Signs, and an Awesome Stage

Lights, Signs, and an Awesome Stage

So in conclusion, it was a fun night and we finished it off by running across the street to to see the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. I hadn’t been up to see it for a few years and it so close, I had to stop by.  It is very beautiful and so huge, a perfect conclusion to a festive night.

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

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