Sunday, August 13, 2000

Rockettes kick in for 'Christmas Spectacular'

By Jackie Demaline
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Forty-four legs precision kicking, 22 bear dolls dancing, five elves working, three camels shuffling and Santa Claus — they're all part of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, making a two-week visit to Cincinnati for the holidays, Dec. 21-30.

[photo] The Rockettes form the "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" in a scene from Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
(Radio City photo)
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        The world famous Rockettes will be front and center in new scenes as well as old favorites as a Fifth Third Bank Broadway Series season extra at the Aronoff Center's Procter & Gamble Hall.

        Cincinnati is only the sixth city in North America to host the holiday musical extravaganza. Others include Mexico City, Chicago, Detroit, Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Branson, Mo.

        Last year the Spectacular played to more than 1 million people at its Radio City Music Hall base.

        “The Living Nativity” and “The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers,” scenes that have been with the show since its 1933 debut, will be onstage here.

        That Nativity scene includes a small herd of live animals including donkeys, camels and sheep. “Parade” features the Rockettes in probably their most famous routine, marching and precision kicking as toy soldiers.

        Other routines include “The Nutcracker: A Teddy Bear's Dream,” “Carol of the Bells” and “Christmas in New York” complete with ice rink.

        This season's two-week run could turn into a tradition. “If the show is embraced by Cincinnati, I'm sure it will become an annual event,” says Broadway Series rep Van Ackerman.

        The 90-minute show will include early, family-friendly curtain times including 11 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m. shows on Saturdays. There will be no performances Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

        Ticket prices will range from $20 to $49.50. Tickets go on sale to Broadway Series season subscribers on Tuesday.

        Starting Sept. 12, the general public can purchase tickets at the Broadway Series office in the Mercantile Center (120 E. Fourth St.), the Aronoff and Music Hall box offices, at all Ticketmaster outlets (241-7469) oronline at


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