This show was amazing! I've always wanted to see the Rockettes perform live on stage. They were everything I imagined and more in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. I think my love of the Rockettes started with the 1982 movie Annie when she, Daddy Warbucks and Grace visited a show at Radio City.
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular started off with the dancers in adorable reindeer costumes. I must say, all of the show's costumes were absolutely incredible. Santa's reindeer danced to "Sleigh Ride" in this opening scene.
Santa introduced "The Twelve Days of Christmas" by lifting the curtain just high enough to see the Rockettes' famous legs. The audience got quite a kick out of that move. With the curtain up and out of the way, the Rockettes tapped out the twelve days of Christmas with a different dance movement to signify each day.
The Nutcracker scene was performed by dancing animals or rather dancers in full clown, teddy bear, ragdoll, and mice costumes. It was unique.
"Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" was my favorite scene! The dancers were in complete synchronicity as they marched, turned and fell after a cannon's boom. Their billowy hat feathers shook with every meticulous, straight-legged step. Such precision!
In "New York at Christmas", the Rockettes boarded a life size double-decker tour bus, taking the audience on a guided tour through the streets of New York City, including Central Park and Time Square. The bus and background moved enabling the audience to feel as if we were actually in New York City sight seeing with the Rockettes.
I also very much enjoyed "The Living Nativity" scene. It featured some of my favorite Christmas songs while telling the beautiful story of the first Christmas using pageantry, music and scripture.
"Let Christmas Shine" featured the Rockettes and the entire company with a touching message of hope and love for the Christmas season. The Rockettes performed their signature kick line with head-high kicks.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Radio City Christmas Spectacular performance. It was a fantastic show suitable for the entire family. Even my 12 year old son said he'd go see the show!
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring The Rockettes is performing at the Straz Center in Tampa, December 12-29.
For more information and to purchase tickets visit the Straz Center online.
Disclosure: I was given two tickets to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.