Holiday01 Dec 2009 03:10 pm

   A Holiday tradition for over 70 years, the Christmas spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, which opens in November and runs thru January 3rd, is a 90 minute extravaganza featuring the world-famous Rockettes. The show features a variety of amazingly choreographed performances such as the brilliant “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” which made its debut in the 1933 show and has steadily improved. Everything from dancing Santas and bears to ice skaters in New York, the show never fails to disappoint the audience of wide-eyed children and adults. The “Living Nativity” has live camels, goats, llamas, horses, and sheep. The show is a real holiday staple and runs several times daily with a variety of ticket prices. Radio City Music Hall is located at Sixth Ave. between 50th and 51st Sts. (212) 307-1000.

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Photos: (c) Caroline P. Digonis 2009

Calendar of Events and Holiday12 May 2009 03:10 pm

By Staff
May 12, 2009

   The annual holiday tradition of Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular starring the world-famous Radio City Rockettes are on sale now. The popular Christmas show runs from November 13th thru December 30th, 2009 with a wide selection of daily performances to choose from. The family-friendly show features the Radio City Rockettes in the classic “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers”, “New York at Christmas,” and a delightful selection of holiday cheer. The show runs 90 to 105 minutes long and concludes with the moving story of the first Christmas in the “Living Nativity” scene. Ticket prices range from $52.00 – $250.00. Visit Radio City Music Hall online to purchase tickets or call 212-307-1000.

Holiday03 Jan 2009 04:07 pm

by Staff
2 January 2009

   NTDTV’s Chinese New Year Splendor will be at Radio City Music Hall celebrating traditional Chinese culture in a program filled with dance and music with a cast of nearly 100 dancers, vocalists, and musicians accompanied with a full orchestra. The very popular show is part of an 80 city world tour and features breathtaking choreography, state-of-the-art backdrops, 3D animation and stunning costumes. The family-friendly program is two-and-a-half hours long and has delighted audiences for the last four years.  
   Tickets for the Chinese New Year Splendor range from $48. thru $128. with performances on January 24th, 2009 at 4:00pm and 8:00pm and on January 25th at 1:00pm and 5:00pm.
   Visit for more information.  

Holiday15 Dec 2008 11:08 am

by Diane Malone
15 Dec 2008

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   Cirque du Soleil presents their family-oriented annual holiday show Wintuk for a limited engagement at the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden. The show, returning for its second year, runs from October 30th, 2008 thru January 4th, 2009 with several performance times to choose from.  
   Wintuk is the story of a young city boy named Jamie wearing a red winter coat who wishes for a wintery snowfall. Jamie sets out to investigate why there isn’t any snow falling. Along his journey, he meets up with whimsical and mysterious characters. The plot takes the young boy to the magical arctic world of Wintuk where a series of events help to make all of his dreams come true.
   The two-hour show has one intermission and features beautiful set designs and costumes, huge ice monsters, puppets, acrobats, talking marionettes, singing lampposts, giant dogs, music, lighting effects, and a fantastic finale of a snowfall that is sure to delight the young theater goer.
   First-time Cirque du Soleil goers seem to enjoy this kid-oriented holiday show while the veteran fans of Cirque du Soleil compare this production to the more extravagant adult shows that the company puts on.
   The second act brings us to the magical land of Wintuk where the audience will be delighted with the trademark Cirque du Soleil acts that take place center stage. Some visually stunning highlights include: a contortionist who dances with silver hoops, several acrobats, a group of women spinning inside hoops, and captivating low-flying female aerialists.  
   A tip for your enjoyment would be to get a close seat and not one at the rear of a section since a tall person might be seated in front of you. 
   Tickets to see this enchanting tale go on sale beginning every April so plan ahead to get your seats to this enjoyable holiday show.  
   The WaMu Theater is located at Madison Square Garden, 2 Penn Plaza, New York, NY. The 1,2,3, A,C and E subways all will take you to 34th Street (Penn Station).

Photo: courtesy of Cirque du Soleil

Holiday08 Dec 2008 01:26 pm

by Chris Hale
8 December 2008

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   The family-friendly and brilliantly clever Slava’s Snow Show returns to Broadway for a limited engagement at the intimate Helen Hayes Theatre located at 240 West 44th Street. The show runs 90 minutes with one intermission, with show dates opening December 7th, 2008 thru January 4th, 2009.
slava's snow show metroway   The multiple award-winning Slava’s Snow Show is filled with breathtaking visual effects to delight the senses of every generation. This must-see holiday show is the stunningly beautiful creation from Russia’s most famous clown, Slava Polunin. It’s the story of the outcast dreamlike world of clowns that takes the audience through a journey of emotions from loneliness to silliness, until the amazing finale of a blindingly beautiful climatic snowstorm. 
   One of the many intriguing scenes during the show came when Slava creates his coatrack partner. Slava, dressed in a bright canary-yellow outfit, “brings to life” a trench-coat and hat for a parting scene between companions with Slava needing to catch a train. This poignant scene representing the passing of childhood into the train-whistling and snow-blowing adult world.
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   Slava’s Snow Show is a whirlwind of art vignettes with various levels of dreamlike sequences from a woman who swings across the stage in blue-lit fantasy to the darker toned clowns in a snow storm carrying dimly lit lanterns. A psychological masterpiece of how clowns view the world, childhood and sometimes cruel nature of life.
   There’s also plenty of lighthearted silliness that children in the audience enjoyed. One scene has Slava answering two different oversized cartoon-like phones. While Slava answers one phone in a hostile, low voice, he answers the other in a lighter, softer voice. 
   The show has many audience interactive moments so a rear orchestra seat might be in order if you do not want to participate. However, one scene Slava has his green costumed clown friends drag a giant cobweb over the entire orchestra after he gets caught in the web. Intermission will also summon the clowns into the audience to shake things up in cartoon-like fashion with even an audience member (?) being hauled onto the stage and chased. After the clowns took their encores, to a standing ovation, giant bright-colored beach balls were hurled into the audience for showgoers to hit around. While the adults can enjoy the interpretations of the artistic fantasy creations of Slava’s Snow Show, children will enjoy the simpler elements of cobwebs, tricks, games, bubbles, giant balloons and plenty of “snow”.
   Visit Slava’s Snow Show online to purchase tickets and more information. 

All Photos: (c) Veronique Val 2008

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