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The Radio City Christmas Spectacular rings in Christmas at the Verizon Theatre

Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tour

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There's no better way to welcome the Christmas season to Dallas-Fort Worth then with a performance by the world famous Rockettes and the singers and performers from Radio City Music Hall. This spectacular production fills audiences with the spirit of Christmas for young and old alike. Before you read on there may be some spoilers towards the end of this review so show and ticket information will come first prior to a synopsis.

Images from the media event/opening ceremony of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. The Rockettes arrive at Verizon Theater.
Images from the media event/opening ceremony of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. The Rockettes arrive at Verizon Theater.
Heather Buen
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 13: (L-R) Rockettes Amy Klingler, Dani Betchel, Elizabeth Bork and Katie Walker light The Empire State Building on November 13, 2012 in New York City.
(Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular plays at the Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie during the 2012 holiday season for 30 dazzling performances, November 23-December 8, 2012. Tickets start at $19.95 and are on sale June 21st through www.AXS.com, via phone at 888-929-7849 or visit the Verizon Theatre Box Office (Mon. - Sat., 11am – 3pm). Visit www.RadioCityChristmas.com for the full show schedule.

The Rockettes and Texas Ties

The talented young ladies that make up the Rockettes continue to wow audiences with their precise and synchronized dance routines that is just astounding. Choreographed to the Christmas music we've all come to know and love, you never know what will come next as they provide a mix of tap, ballet and in some moments cadence marching. Two of the Rockettes, Stephanie Dolph is a current Dallas resident and studied dance at the Dallas Conservatory for Ballet and Addie Hoobler Elsbecker grew up in Dallas – she is the niece to one Roger Staubach.

Toys for Tots

At the show's opening ceremonies, Santa arrived in a double decker bus and greeted the crowd as the Rockettes arrived on the red carpet with toys for the Toys for Tots program. There will be bins at the show to donate toys.

Synopsis of the Show

Santa makes a special appearance in the show as your host welcoming the opening scene with a wonderful sleigh ride introducing the Rockettes as Santa's reindeer about to take you to some very magical places - maybe even New York City. In the second scene you are introduced to the powerful voices of the Radio City Singers wishing you a Merry Christmas. Tap dancing abounds in the third scene playing out the Twelve Days of Christmas where you can visually see the part of "Nine Ladies Dancing" except instead of nine you are seeing twenty-one. As you end the third scene to enter the fourth, there comes the story of the Nutcracker. The young heroine of the story, Clara, played by Chloe Ellis does a fanciful ballet routine with dancing bears and mice to the familiar tunes of the Nutcracker. The crowd favorite, as the audience clapped in unison, was the the famous Trepak by Tchaikovsky as dancing bears performed the Russian dance.

Precision abounds with the Rockettes as they did an impressive cadence within what seems like millimeters of each other with the parade of wooden soldiers. You would need a ruler to see how close these ladies go to each other during this routine. The pinnacle of the show was scene 6, where the Rockettes performed in a lifelike double decker tour bus. The bus does not just remain stationery, with screen effects it looks like the bus is traveling through New York City as you are witness to sites such as Central Park and Times Square. The scenery was simple and yet amazing prior to intermission.

After intermission you are introduced to two young boys named Ben and Patrick as the scenes progress to describe how Santa Claus can be at different places around the world. You sense the miracle of Christmas as we help Patrick and Ben find a Christmas gift for their sister. Or better yet, the Christmas gift finds them! If you are not familiar with the history of Radio City Music Hall or the Rockettes there is a part of the production that describes their metamorphosis from the Roxy-ettes to the Rockettes. The last two scenes in this production are spectacular. The living Nativity describing the journey of the three kings presenting their gifts to the baby Jesus is filled with colorful and eye catching costumes to the traditional music of We Three Kings of Orient Are and many more.

The conclusion scene has the Rockettes situated like a Silver Christmas Tree as they prepare their final farewell to Joy to The World.

Final Thoughts

You can't help fall in love with this production. The intimacy of the Verizon Theater was outstanding for this performance and there it not a bad seat in the house as the scenery, the costumes and the dancing is very visual. The familiar Christmas songs and routines are a family favorite and you get a taste of New York and Radio City Music Hall right here in Dallas-Fort Worth.

The show runs from now until December 8th. For more information, please visit radiocitychristmas.com.

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