City Rockettes Return To Wang
For Holiday Season
After a four year absence, the world famous Radio
City Rockettes will star in the "Radio City Christmas
Spectacular" as the popular holiday production returns to
Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre for 53 performances.
Christmas Spectacular" made its Boston debut in 2004, playing to
sold-out houses, breaking box office records, ultimately playing to more
than 200,000 theatergoers during its three-week run. A return engagement
in 2006 repeated that success. Presented by John Hancock,
the 2010 edition of "The Christmas Spectacular" will play the
Wang Theatre from December 3 - 29.
"The Christmas Spectacular" is aptly named. A cast and crew
of nearly 100 people will return to Boston to make teddy bears dance,
wooden soldiers come to life and reindeer fly as Santa and his elves prepare
for their biggest night of the year. Add the Radio City Rockettes performing
their fancy footwork and eye-high kicks and you've got a show The
New York Times calls “Brilliant! It lifts the spirit and spreads
warmth, joy and good will!”
Jonathan Hochwald, of EVP Productions, MSG Entertainment,
commented, “We are really looking forward to our return engagement
in Boston this holiday season. Boston audiences are the best! They loved
every minute of 'The Christmas Spectacular' in 2004 and 2006 and we can’t
wait to kick off the holidays again on the beautiful Citi Performing Arts
Center Wang Theatre stage!”
who have glowing memories of the famed New York production of the "Radio
City Christmas Spectacular" will be glad to know that the dance numbers
featured in this production include “The Parade of the Wooden
Soldiers” (above)and “The Living Nativity”
(below), both of which have been an integral part of "The Christmas
Spectacular" since it debuted in 1933. In addition to the traditional
favorites, the production will also feature “The 12 Days
of Christmas,” a glittering Rockette tap number, and “Christmas
in New York,” a high-kicking tour of New York City.
A. Spaulding, Jr., President and CEO of the Citi Performing Arts
Center, added, “We are thrilled that the world famous Radio City
Rockettes are coming back to the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre.
It’s hard to believe that four years have passed since they last
played here. We have heard from so many families that experienced the
'Radio City Christmas Spectacular"' in its two previous visits and
look forward to including the show in their holiday plans. We are proud
to present them with the opportunity to continue the tradition.”
In 1994, due to popular demand, MSG Entertainment (the live entertainment
arm of Madison Square Garden, Inc.) broadened "The
"Radio City Christmas Spectacular" schedule for the first time
to encompass markets outside of New York, while running simultaneously
in Manhattan. Since then, the "Radio City Christmas Spectacular"
has been performed in such cities as Boston, Atlanta, St. Louis, Chicago,
Detroit, Ft. Lauderdale, Denver, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Seattle,
Nashville, and Phoenix, among others.
In 2009 alone, the "Radio City Christmas Spectacular"
was enjoyed by more than 2 million people. In its 16-year combined history
outside of New York, as well as the production at Radio City Music Hall,
the "Radio City Christmas Spectacular" has played to more than
69 million people.
For more than three quarters of a century, the Radio City Rockettes have
entertained millions of families with their eye-high kicks and unparalleled
precision dance. The dance troupe first kicked to life in 1925 as the
“Missouri Rockets” and made their show business debut
in St. Louis, the realization of a longtime dream of their creator,
For tickets and information, stop by the box office, call
866-348-9738 or visit www.citicenter.org.