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VIDEO: Radio City Rockettes at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre

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The Radio City Christmas Spectacular opens on reindeer Rockettes. AJC/Elissa Eubanks

Radio City Christmas Spectacular” opens this week at the Fox Theatre, and even with updated music and modern sets, the show is a serious throwback. Think non-stop song-and-dance variety show, all Christmas, CHRISTMAS IN BIG CAPITAL LETTERS, all the time.

This isn’t about story or suspense, just 100 percent family-friendly theatrical eye candy. Some of the costumes and dances haven’t changed since the 1930s, while others are new twists on old holiday themes. Check out more photos from the show, and a story about what goes on backstage.

I got a glimpse of the show yesterday during a rehearsal that welcomed members of the press, and as expected, the show is high on sparkle, precision and spectacle. Personally, I’m impressed by the dancing teddy bears. I’m usually impressed by mascots that manage to stay upright; these were performing a ballet.

Then there are the famous Rockettes. Three of the 18 Rockettes in the Atlanta production are from this area, and they’ll all move on to Dallas, Texas after the show closes here.

If you’re wondering what the Rockettes do for fun while they’re in town, understand that they’re sometimes performing four shows in one day, and with 300 kicks per show. That means that on some days, their toes meet their eyes 1,200 times. For fun, they like to sleep.

On the quieter days, local Rockette Carolyn Simpson told me she sends her pals to the Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca-Cola, to Buckhead for shopping or to the Atlanta Ballet for drop-in dance classes. On Thanksgiving, they’re all invited to her mother’s house in Gwinnett County. (This is her fifth year on tour, and her first that brought her back to the South. She’s looking forward to dressing, not stuffing, for the big meal.)

Here’s a video of the Rockettes from the first act. If you’re looking for the quintessential Rockette kick, they don’t come till the end.

Want to go? “Radio City Christmas Spectacular.” Nov. 19-Dec. 6. $25.50-$65.50. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E. 404-881-2100, www.foxtheatre.org.

8 comments Add your comment

Noleggio Sony z1 Milano

January 22nd, 2010
2:15 am

Awesome Post! Thanks for sharing this wonderful pic.

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Jamie Gumbrecht

December 4th, 2009
12:30 am

GeeGee, I don’t have a long personal knowledge of the show — this year was my first time seeing any of it — but “The Living Nativity” has been a part of the show since it launched in 1933, along with “March of the Wooden Soldiers.” Tradition seems to be the name of the game here.

GeeGee

December 4th, 2009
12:14 am

Show was great…Rockettes are great…unbelievable precision. But what in the world did that seriously religious nativity bunk have to do with the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular. A seriously religious injection, after the last curtain dropped, that had a lot of the audience leaving and most of the rest perplexed and, without a doubt, many offended. I wasn’t offended. I just didn’t like it.

floyd diller

December 2nd, 2009
2:59 pm

Rockettes are wonderful just wonderful

Aunt Sandra

November 30th, 2009
4:40 pm

My beautiful niece is up front on th eline in the center! Go Moya

Kathy Del Re

November 19th, 2009
11:41 am

I have always had so many favorite numbers, but this one always makes me stand up and blow all those darling, talented Rockettes, kisses, with tears in my eyes!
Have a wonderful opening night, and Atlanta you are in for a treat!

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November 19th, 2009
12:07 am

[...] Stage: “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” opens, 7:30 p.m., Fox Theatre, Atlanta.  See photos and video. [...]