For three quarters of a century, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular(tm) has dazzled audiences, becoming an American holiday tradition. The highly acclaimed production is also a Gaylord Opryland® Resort and Convention Center tradition, as it comes back to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry ® House for the sixth time. The Rockettes®, the world’s most famous precision dance troupe, will perform 60 shows from November 15 through December 30, 2007, as part of Gaylord Opryland’s popular A Country Christmas®, which brings almost 1 million people to the landmark resort each holiday season.
“These women are superior dancers, performers and athletes. They are delightful to watch as they demonstrate their enthusiasm and holiday spirit at every performance of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Their joy is contagious,” said Arthur Keith, senior vice president and general manager, Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. “The looks on the faces of the audience members is unforgettable as you watch them enjoying a production they will remember for years. We are honored to be a part of this American tradition by bringing this spectacular show back to Nashville for the 2007 holiday season.”
The Rockettes have been a legendary force in entertainment, with a rich history of skill and dedication to their craft. From their memorable USO Tours during WWII, to show-stopping Super Bowl halftime appearances, to the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade performances, to the 2001 and 2005 Presidential Inauguration Ceremonies, the Rockettes are a national treasure. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, at Gaylord Opryland and in other cities, was first seen in 1933 and is now seen by more people in one year than most other live shows in North America – more than 2.1 million people annually see the women display their famous eye-high kicks and precision dance with the same enthusiasm and vigor that has become their trademark.
The Rockettes first kicked to life in 1925 as the “Missouri Rockets” and made their show business debut in St. Louis. The Rockettes performed during Radio City’s opening night in 1932 and were an instant sensation.
The idea behind the troupe has always been to perform intricate routines, but always moving as “one dancer.” Everything – the height, the costumes and steps – is kept completely identical.
The illusion of uniform height is maintained to this day by putting the tallest dancers in the center and gradually decreasing the height with the shortest women at either end.
The New York Times corroborates the Rockettes’ talent and appeal in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular by saying, “Best of all, as always, are the miraculous Rockettes in their crisp costumes, smiling and tapping their way flawlessly everywhere…”
“Allstate is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Gaylord Opryland this year,” said Kerry Nations, director of marketing, Southern Regional Office, Allstate Insurance Company. “This is a national treasure that we are happy to help bring from New York, to the South, so that thousands of people enjoy the tradition of the Rockettes in Nashville.”
Radio City Christmas Spectacular tickets, and A Country Christmas vacation packages from two-to-three nights and can be purchased or reserved by calling 1-888-999-OPRY or visiting www.gaylordopryland.com.
ABOUT “A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS”
Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas® presented by Nissan is proud to present ICE!(tm) presented by Coca-Cola®, featuring How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss. This is the Only SHOW like it in the USA! From the Grinch’s frozen mountain top lair, to the interactive slides and surprises, this life-sized story told in ice will make even the coldest of hearts grow three sizes. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular® presented by Allstate® Insurance Company, starring the world-famous Radio City Rockettes® is back with dazzling costumes, brilliant choreography and favorite scenes, such as the “Living Nativity” and the “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers.” There’s The Pam Tillis Christmas Dinner Party(tm), Christmas on the Cumberland aboard the General Jackson® Showboat, Treasures For The Holidays Craft Show; Santa’s E-mail; Carriage Rides; Photos with Santa; Brightest Star Fountain Show; Hall of Trees and nearly two million Christmas lights. It’s everything Christmas and all at Gaylord Opryland®.