Donate Now to Support KDHX

Listen Live
Monday, 12 November 2012 15:15

Christmastime is Here!: The Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Written by Robert Mitchell
Rate this item
(2 votes)

The Details

Christmastime is Here!: The Radio City Christmas Spectacular
shopdowncity.com

A gaily-wrapped, fun-filled, family-friendly Christmas present from the Rockettes.

Yep, I said it before and I’ll say it again – I love Christmas. Every year I try to see one Christmas show that will satisfy my huge Christmas spirit. And every year I am anywhere from slightly to WOEFULLY disappointed – usually because someone pulls into town with an overblown, over-produced pile of Christmas fluff that just stabs you in the eye being  “Christmas-y”. And anything that has “Spectacular”, or anything of that sort in the title, will generally make me run away as fast as my little elf boots will take me. And I know a lot of other people feel that way. But listen very carefully, folks, because that is decidedly not the case this year. I have just had my Grinch-y heart changed: you MUST run to the beautiful Peabody Opera House and see The Radio City Christmas Spectacular by MSG Entertainment, featuring the world-famous Rockettes!

It’s easy now to understand why New York’s Radio City troupe has had the undisputed title of being the Granddaddy of Christmas entertainment for the past 85 years – but never fear, this show is in no way creaky or dusty. There is enough electronic-enhanced magic in this show to make you want to jump up out of your seats. But as entertaining as all the technology is, the real spectacle here is a troupe of 21 beautiful, talented, highly-synchronized girls called the Rockettes. They sparkle – often literally – whether as Santa’s reindeer, complete with light-up antlers; as spunky little Christmas ragdolls shooting streamers into the audience; or in all their glitz and glamour glory, as simply.. the lovely Radio City Rockettes.

The production, directed and staged to perfection by Julie Branam (based on the original production directed and choreographed by Linda Haberman) is helped tremendously by an incredible, crystal clear projection screen that provides stunning backdrops to all of the numbers. The ingenious use of motion picture technology during the Act I closer “New York at Christmas”, where the Rockettes board a “double-decker bus” and tour the city, is in itself worth the price of admission. But thanks to Branam and company, there is so much more. Favorites include a rousing tap number to “The Twelve Days of Christmas” that even manages to sneak in some light-hearted jabs at Swan Lake  and Riverdance;  “Here Comes Santa Claus”, where Santa undeniably proves he can be everywhere at once; a live Nativity Scene ending in a gorgeous tableau; a flying Santa flanked by flying children; and “Let Christmas Shine” – which showcases our Rockettes in fabulous sequins, looking just like what we dreamed that the Rockettes would look. The girls are ably supported by a talented sextet of featured singers, as well as a small, well-rounded singing and dancing ensemble.

Before the show, a fella sitting next time me noticed my reviewer’s notebook, and noted that I didn’t seemed excited to be there. Admittedly, I probably wasn’t. He then just smiled knowingly and said “Well, you haven’t seen the Rockettes.” I think he must’ve been Santa, because boy, now I believe!

Additional Info

Sponsor Message

Become a Sponsor

Find KDHX Online

KDHX on Instagram
KDHX on YouTube
KDHX on SoundCloud
KDHX on Facebook
KDHX on Twitter
KDHX on flickr
KDHX Blog

Local Artist Spotlight


Tok Releases Gold Dollar Hen House Volume 3

Tue April 8
Tok is a Festus based rock band who has been rocking St. Louis for 20 years. They are due to release their third installment of their Gold Dollar Hen House collection on February 28, 2014 at Schlafly's…

KDHX Recommends

April
Saturday
19

Get Down To Business: Getting Booked Locally and Beyond

Ever wondered how to get that talent buyer to open your emails?  KDHX is here to help.   Join St. Louis promoters Steve Pohlman of Off Broadway, Brian McCormac of The Old Rock House, and Mike Cracciolo of The...


April
Tuesday
22

Tuesdays at KDHX Sessions: Worm-A-Rama

Tuesdays at KDHX Sessions presents Earth Day Worm-A-Rama with Jean Ponzi on Tuesday, April 22 at 7:30pm at The Stage. This visual-musical celebration of living on earth will feature musical guest, Augusta Bottoms Consort, tuneful...


April
Wednesday
23

Jimbo Mathus

KDHX welcomes Jimbo Mathus to Off Broadway on April 23th.   For more info, offbroadwaystl.com.


Get Answers!

If you have questions or need to contact KDHX, visit our answers portal at answers.kdhx.org.

Online Users

7 users and 7190 guests online
Sign in with Facebook

SYSTEM: S5 Box

Login/My Account

Sign in with Facebook