Performing Arts: Dance
November 20, 2015
It's that time of year when the holiday festivities begin in New York City and there is no better way to kick it off than with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular! The opening night celebration included 300 alumni Rockettes, which made for an enthusiastic audience, As the orchestra rises from the pit playing holiday tunes, the overture gives way to "Sleigh Ride," complete with the sexy and adorable reindeer Rockettes. Santa, (Charles Edward Hall) makes his entrance pulled by these lovelies, and the show takes off on a 3-D tour from the north pole to NYC. The audience always gasps with delight as the ducks, presents, and snowflakes seem to shoot out at them.

Each number looked fresh and lively, from the intricate tapping of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" to the charming mini- Nutcracker Suite. Clara (Alexandra Hoffman), danced with clarity and verve while the Sugar Plum Bears were extra vivacious! "The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" remains the original choreography from 1933 and was spectacular, displaying the hallmark precision, unity, and patterns which make the Rockettes famous. Red and green plaid coats give way to sparkly sequined dresses of the same colors as a big red tour bus takes the ladies around midtown and Central Park.

When two young boys shop for a special gift for their sister, Santa steps in, whisking them to his toy factory where they encounter the dancing "rag dolls," and learn that sometimes the gift chooses you. Fireworks, a blizzard, and impressive projections give way to a newer number, "Snow," where the Rockettes get to show off their jazz dancing and lithe, supple arms in glistening costumes of blue, white and lavender. An audience favorite, "The Living Nativity" looked especially bright and fresh, complete with a flying angel, opulent wise men, and bejeweled camels. The magic is "closer than you know," as one song proclaims, so get to Radio City and experience Joy to the World!
EYE ON THE ARTS, NY -- Deborah Wingert

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