It’s that time of year again when Radio City Music Hall opens its doors to the biggest Christmas Show of the season. Join the Rockettes in ringing in the holiday spirit with this annual show that brings the biggest dance troupe in the world together for a holiday experience you won’t forget. You’ll love the lights and colors, be thrilled by the dancing and music, and will put your hands together for The Rockettes, the hardest working dance troupe in live musical productions. Come and see why this show brings in sold-out crowds every year and why this holiday show is one of the biggest nights of the year in New York City. Radio City Music Hall welcomes you to join them for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
This iconic performance incorporates over 140 performers that will leap onto the stage and perform their way into your hearts for a 90-minute show you are sure to love. The Rockettes, famed dance troupe will perform their world-famous synchronized kick that has enraptured audiences for decades. The performances will capture what the Christmas spirit means and will share that message with audiences worldwide. All of this while enjoying timeless music that is enjoyed by fans every month of the year.
A Walk Through the History of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular
You might be wondering why this one live Christmas show has become such a famous tradition for New York City since the 1930s. You don’t have to look very far in its history since the Radio City Christmas Spectacular has become a huge part of New York City since the special debuted in 1933. The show has only grown since then and has become an annual event that attracts visitors from New York City, nearby cities, and now from across the world. But what makes this event special is that you hear more than the classic Christmas songs that delight families every holiday season, you also hear popular songs such as “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”, “Welcome Christmas” and “The Man With the Bag”. The show also features the best mix of vaudeville-style showmanship, with an incredible mix of dancing and comedy that will capture your imagination and make you laugh. It’s a one-of-a-kind holiday show that has been mimicked but never matched and has delighted all-ages audiences ever since that first show in 1933. Even if you haven’t seen the show in years or if you catch the event annually, you are guaranteed a great time.
But you can’t talk about the Radio City Christmas Spectacular without talking about The Rockettes. This famous dance troupe is known across the world for their high kicks and synchronized dancing. The talent that these women show is nothing short of remarkable, which has earned them a permanent place in the hearts and minds of New Yorkers and anyone who gets to see the show. Thanks to the creative team behind the show, including Julie Branam, Mark Waldrop, Gary Adler, and more, the show uses the already amazing Rockettes to their fullest by giving them a show and set designs that make the holiday spirit pop. Dancers, singers, comedians, and musicians help build a world of Holiday spirit and wonder around these incredible women to offer audiences an experience like none other.
When you order tickets to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, you aren’t just seeing another holiday show. You are seeing THE holiday show that beats with the heart of one of the biggest cities in the world. So bring your family to Radio City Music Hall for the biggest holiday event of the year and see for yourself why this iconic show is as much a part of New York City as the Statue of Liberty.
How Radio City Music Hall Got Its Groove Back
With all the famous talent and high-profile shows that go through Radio City Music Hall, you might be surprised to hear that there was a time when the venue was threatened with closure. During the 60s, despite the city’s economic struggles, Radio City Music Hall remained successful. Even as other theatres were shutting down, it remained open even as officials intended to close it down in 1962. The venue had evolved to become a classier establishment, showing fewer adult films and focusing more on shows with general audience appeal. However, the operation costs were close to double that of smaller performance venues. So it had to focus more on family entertainment rather than showing explicit content.
The venue was closed for five full days in 1965 for a full cleaning including painting the ceiling and repairs on the hall’s organs during the night. But the success that Radio City Music Hall found was affected by the 1970s trend for closed-captioned foreign movies. Fewer audiences were coming to Radio City Music Hall and changes in film distribution made it harder to book exclusive premieres and showings, especially since the Music Hall preferred to show G-rated movies. Big productions and films, including Chinatown, Blazing Saddles, and The Godfather Part II, failed to meet the venue’s screening criteria, which made them miss out on a lot of great money-making hits. It didn’t help that Six of the Rockettes were fired, which led to an all-time attendance low of only 1.5 million, which was 70% less than the 1968 reported attendance.
By the late 70s, the venue was in debt. It would have to close its doors because it simply couldn’t operate at a profit. There were plans on how to use the space, but it was clear that this legendary venue would go under without help. That’s when Rosemary Novellino, Dance Captain of the Radio City Music Hall Ballet Company, formed the Showperson’s Committee to save the venue. The venue was an incredible alliance that made calls to various businesses and media outlets to demand that the venue remain open. This led to the venue being labeled as a city landmark, kept the decision from being reversed in a later suit, and opened a nonprofit to lease the Music Hall.
Because of the passion of entertainers and live performance lovers, the venue was able to save itself from bankruptcy and sale and become a permanent fixture in New York City.