||The time has finally come to put your bathing suits
away and gear up for the winter months so what better way to kick off
the holidays than with an evening at America’s most beloved
theatrical, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, starring the
world-famous Rockettes. This year, the show returns to Radio City
Music Hall for more than 200 performances over the holiday season. But
if you don’t live in New York City or won’t be able to travel there
this season, don’t worry. The Rockettes has expanded their markets
Last year, more than one million guests attended the show
in the Big Apple, which will premiere at Radio City Music Hall on November
6, 2003 and run through January 4, 2004.
For the past 12 years, the show has become one of the most
popular New York traditions that brings people back to the city year after
year. In 1925, the “Missouri Rockets” and premiered in St. Louis with a
small following. That following emerged into a surpassed dream soon
becoming an American tradition.
With more than 140-people, glamorous costumes, and holiday music written
exclusively for the Show, the stars of The Christmas Spectacular, will
surely dazzle the audience with their world-famous eye-high kicks. Don’t
be surprised if you see a visit from that jolly old fellow from the North
In 2002, the 90-minute show premiered a newly enhanced 3-D film where
Santa and his reindeer take you and your family on a thrilling sleigh ride
through New York City. This year, the film now features sweeping views of
the Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building, races through Central
Park, dashes by the holiday-clad windows of Fifth Avenue, and finally
lands at Radio City Music Hall.
When it was originally created, the Rockettes performance was seen as a
holiday “gift” between movie screenings, but became a full production in
1979. Since then, The Christmas Spectacular has expanded to a variety of
new markets in an effort to bring this dazzling holiday experience to the
rest of the country. Just last year, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular
debuted to sold-out crowds in Minneapolis, Dallas, and Phoenix. This year,
the show can be seen in a total of nine cities nationwide, with debuts in
four new markets: Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, Seattle, and Milwaukee. In
addition, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular will return to The Grand
Palace in Branson (MO); The Fox Theatre in Detroit, The Grand Ol’ Opry
House in Nashville, The Gammage Auditorium in Phoenix – and of course
Radio City Music Hall in New York. If your city isn’t listed here, don’t
fret. Expansion plans are currently underway to bring the show to
additional cities here and abroad.
Looking to become a Rockette? The requirements today remain almost
exactly as they were at the dance troupe’s inception. Since 1932, more
than 3,000 women have danced as Rockettes. Each year, in cities across
America, hundreds of young women audition to be members of the
internationally known troupe. Radio City Rockettes must be between 5’6”
and 5’10 ˝ and demonstrate proficiency in tap, jazz, ballet and modern
dance. But exceptional dance skill alone is not enough to secure a coveted
position on the dance line. They must also display a radiant energy that
will shine across the footlights to their audience.
The Rockette line today embraces the diversity of women everywhere. The
more than 200 women dance troupe embodies the modern-day woman – they are
intelligent, strong, ambitious, multi-talented, beautiful, stylish, hip,
fun, witty, fashionable, and not to mention they maintain the most
physically fit bodies in the business. The Rockette line is made up of
obviously dancers, but also businesswomen, fashion designers, students,
actresses, volunteer workers, and young mothers – all who have learned to
perfect the art of balancing a dance career with their careers off the
stage. Endurance, perseverance and dedication have all contributed to
their success in life and they proudly serve as role models for young
These unique performers have not only become known as ambassadors to Radio
City Music Hall, but have also participated in show-stopping Super Bowl
Halftime appearances and the 2001 Presidential Inauguration Ceremony where
the Rockettes performed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. From the
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to numerous appearances on The Today Show,
Good Morning America, The Late Show With David Letterman, Late Night with
Conan O’Brien and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Rockettes have even
introduced their own doll.
The New York Times summarizes the Rockettes’ talent and appeal, “Best of
all, as always, are the miraculous Rockettes in their crisp costumes,
smiling and tapping their way flawlessly everywhere…”
Last year, The Christmas Spectacular celebrated its biggest season ever
with more than two million people attending productions at Radio City
Music Hall, and in numerous other cities across the United States.
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes will run from
November 6, 2003 through January 4, 2004. Prices range from $38 to $92,
with limited VIP seating available. Tickets are available online at
www.radiocity.com or at the Radio City Box Office, 50th Street and Avenue
of the Americas, Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on
Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased by calling
the Ticketmaster Christmas Hotline at (212) 307-1000 or at any
Ticketmaster outlets. Ticket prices include a $4.50 facility charge.
Tickets purchased via Ticketmaster are subject to service charges. Please
call (212) 247-4777 for more information.
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