The Radio City Rockettes Are Back In Nashville



The favorite holiday tradition in New York City and
now in Nashville, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the
world-famous Radio City Rockettes will make its triumphant return to
the Grand Ole Opry House for 60 dazzling performances now
through December 31, 2006. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is part of Gaylord Opryland’s
23rd annual A Country Christmas presented by Nissan.
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is exactly that…a spectacular. A
holiday staple in New York City since 1933, and a new, annual tradition
among Nashville theater-goers, the production features a cast and crew
of nearly 100 people who will deliver a holiday show that is sure to
give audiences holiday memories to last a lifetime. Children of all
ages will be enchanted by live holiday entertainment as teddy bears
dance, wooden soldiers come to life, snowmen shimmy and reindeer fly,
and the Radio City Rockettes perform their fancy footwork and eye-high
kicks. The New York Times says, “BRILLIANT! It lifts the spirit and
spreads warmth, joy and good will!”
“The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is a perfect partner for A Country
Christmas. People of all ages are mesmerized by the entertainment in
this show,” said Arthur Keith, senior vice president and general manager
of Gaylord Opryland Resort. “There is no better way to ring in Christmas
than with the Rockettes and Gaylord Opryland.”
Those who have glowing memories of The Radio City Christmas Spectacular
will be thrilled to see the spectacle and excitement again this holiday
season. Famed dance numbers featured in this production include “The
Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” and “The Living Nativity,” both of which
have been performed in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular since 1933.
In addition to the traditional favorites, the stage will come alive with
Nashville’s new favorite scene, the tap-infused “The 12 Days of
Christmas,” and the audience will rock along to “Santa’s Gonna Rock &
Roll. The whole cast turns up in the scene, “I’m There,” to creatively
answer the age-old question of how Santa can be in so many places at one
time. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is non-stop excitement until
the curtain falls.
In 1994, due to popular demand, Radio City Entertainment broadened the
beloved holiday theatrical’s schedule for the first time to encompass
markets outside of New York, while running simultaneously with the New
York production. Since then, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has
performed in major cities across North America including Boston,
Atlanta, St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, Ft. Lauderdale, Denver, Columbus,
Dallas, Seattle, Nashville, Phoenix and many more. In its 12-year
combined history outside of New York, The Radio City Christmas
Spectacular has played to more than 56 million people in 29 different
“The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is a holiday tradition for
millions of families across the country,” said John Bonanni, Executive
Producer. “We realize that not everyone can come to New York for
Christmas, so we’ll bring Christmas to you.”
For more than three quarters of a century, the Radio City Rockettes, the
world’s most famous precision dance troupe, have been a legendary force
in entertainment, with a rich history of skill and dedication to their
craft. The dance company first kicked to life in 1925 as the “Missouri
Rockets” and made their show business debut in St. Louis, the
realization of a long-time dream of their creator, Russell Markert. In
1933, the “Rockets” performed at the opening night of Radio City Music
Hall and have continued to perform there for more than 70 years.
Including New York City, they have danced in 30 cities across North
America and have entertained audiences around the world. Most famous for
their eye-high kicks and precision dancing, the Rockettes have strutted
their way into the hearts of millions and have made The Radio City
Christmas Spectacular a staple of holiday magic. The Radio City
Rockettes perform with a signature precision that perpetually delights
every new audience. Indeed, these “dancing daughters” – as their
founder, Markert, always referred to them – have not only persevered for
more than 80 years, but they are thriving now more than ever.
“The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has truly become a Nashville
holiday tradition,” said Kerry Nations, director of Marketing for
Allstate Insurance Company. “It has become a ‘must-see’ holiday event
for thousands each year, and Allstate is proud to join Radio City and
Gaylord Opryland in bringing these incredible performers to Nashville
again in 2006.”
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, presented by Allstate Insurance
Company will be performed at the Grand Ole Opry House on the Gaylord
Opryland Resort complex November 16 through December 31, 2006 and is
part of Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas presented by Nissan.
Ticket prices range from $29 – $75 and are currently on sale. For ticket
and overnight package information, call toll-free 1-888-999-OPRY.
MSG Entertainment (MSGE), the live entertainment arm of Cablevision
Systems Corporations, is a worldwide entertainment company recognized
for its signature combination of event production and entertainment
marketing. In addition to the nearly 700 entertainment concerts and
events that take place each year at Radio City Music Hall, Madison
Square Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden and the Expo Center
at MSG, MSGE produces shows across America. MSG Entertainment’s live
events include The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, as well as six
productions of The Christmas Spectacular outside of New York. Additional
information about MSG Entertainment is available on the Web and Cablevision Systems Corporation
owns Madison Square Garden, L.P., which includes MSG Network; FSN New
York; the New York Knicks (NBA); the New York Rangers (NHL); the New
York Liberty (WNBA); MSG Entertainment; the Hartford Wolf Pack (American
Hockey League), and the Madison Square Garden arena complex, located in
the heart of the New York metropolitan area.
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