One of our larger Christmas presents this year was tickets to the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall in the city. New York City. Seriously.
My parents gave the gift to us kids with about a quarter of their tongues in their cheeks, calling it a “once in a lifetime” show. I was amused and delighted. My brother, his girlfriend, and I trekked into the city on Christmas Eve for the event. As is required, we wandered among the crowds, saw the tree and did some window-shopping at Tiffany’s. Very shiny. Finally we got in the block-long line for the show. Walking the length of the line reminded me of cartoons where a car is driving past houses, and there are only six houses, three trees and seven clouds repeated over and over. In this case, however, there were a lot of kids, grandparents and obvious tourists.
I have to say that Radio City Music Hall itself is fairly spectacular. The chandelier, though not my choice of style, is magnificent, and the theatre is huge. We worked our way up to the mezzanine and figured out how to work our star wands. Soon the show started and the moment came. The World Famous Rockettes sashayed their way on stage and leapt into their world famous kick line. That’s a lotta legs. Then there was a fun 3-D sleigh ride with Santa into Manhattan followed by more legs. I mean, the Rockettes.
To be honest, the Rockettes are really talented. They sing, dance and tap in synchrony. They even form these remarkable pinwheels that stay exactly straight while swinging across the stage. They perform a ninety-minute show up to six times a day from before Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve every year. The orchestra that accompanies them is wonderful, and all of the Christmas music fills you with the holiday spirit. Okay, it might be a bit much, but it’s fun.
Near the end of the show, we were encouraged to wave around our lit star wands. By then, the lady sitting next to my brother’s girlfriend had downed a couple of drinks and collected a few lit neon stirrers. She took her lit star wands and multiple stirrers and started to wave along with the music. Unfortunately in her fervor, she lost grip of the wands and threw them at the people in front of us. Luckily for her, she was too drunk to be embarrassed, kept singing, and we all laughed at the situation. Hilarious.
It was a lot of fun and a good show. I’m not sure I’d go again next year, but as my parents said, you should see it at least “once in a lifetime.”