It felt a bit weird going to see the Christmas Spectacular before Thanksgiving, but I was able to secure discounts on some tickets (not the best seats in the world, but certainly good enough, and on sale… a great combination).
I found the show to be, shall we say less than stellar. Matter of fact, I had to go splash some water in my face to keep from falling asleep. I was however in the minority in this opinion. TheWife thought the show was “fantastic,” and LatteGirl rates the show “just too awesome.”
The biggest thrill for the kids seemed to be the new 3-D movie of “Santa’s sleigh ride to New York” and I saw LatteGirl duck out of the way of “flying packages” on several ocassions during the brief film.
This year celebrates the 75th anniversary of Christmas Spectacular.Â And for all those years, they have maintained certain dance numbers which everybody has come to expect, includingÂ Â the Rockettes own version of “The Nutcracker” and “The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers.”Â For me personally, my favorite number was “New York at Christmas” where the dance number took place on a touring style Double Decker bus that appeared to be whisking the Rockettes around to he various landmark sites of New York City.
Also in tribute to the 75th anniversary, the had what they called their Christmas Memories Card, a nice video tribute to the show, that takes you back and tells you about significant dates and information, from the very beginning when the Rockettes were originally called the Roxyettes, the Rockettes going on tour with the USO to help entertain the soldiers during WW II, and the near closing of Radio City Music Hall in the late 70’s.Â I found it a nice piece of trivia, and enjoyed watching it, but many around me (especially the little ones) got a bit antsy during this part.Â I would have expected this to be something on a screen in the lobby, playing over and over for people as they entered the theater, rather than being part of the show.
This was my first return to Radio City Music Hall since it was refurbished in the late 90’s, and it looks as fabulous as ever.Â There were enough stations that it made it fairly simple considering the large crowd to still get your souvenirs and beverages, although the stiff prices charged made for plenty of kids that walked away with nothing.Â Personally, I got a popcorn and Diet Coke for TheWife, a Strawberry Daquiri (yes, non-alcoholic) and Pretzel for LatteGirl, and a coffee for me, for the low price of $35 dollars.Â Normally, LatteGirl collects the programs for these events, but for another $35, we opted to pass on it this time.
Yes, I do know and fully expected it to be expensive.Â Going to a show in New York always is.Â But, at the same time, the shows are usually worth the money, and overall I would have to say that this years version of the Christmas Spectacular didn’t disappoint.
Update:Â My apologies for the somehow, prematurely published version that I goofed earlier)