Christmas Spectacular Spectacular SpectacularTuesday, December 23, 2008
Last night we ventured out into the cold to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Show. Featuring the world famous Radio City Rockettes in an unparalleled show with the Rockettes signature eye high kicks, precision choreography and exciting show stopping numbers.
We had to arrive an hour early so I came prepared for the cold weather. (Notice that I look like a chunky hobbit, love-hate with those boots baby)
NYC FUN FACT:
When the stock market crashed in 1929, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. held a $91 million, 24-year lease on a piece of midtown Manhattan property properly known as "the speakeasy belt." Plans to gentrify the neighborhood by building a new Metropolitan Opera House on the site were dashed by the failing economy and the business outlook was dim. Nevertheless, Rockefeller made a bold decision that would leave a lasting impact on the city's architectural and cultural landscape. He decided to build an entire complex of buildings on the property-buildings so superior that they would attract commercial tenants even in a depressed city flooded with vacant rental space. The project would express the highest ideals of architecture and design and stand as a symbol of optimism and hope.
With A reputation as a theatrical genius "Roxy" Rothafel employed an innovative combination of vaudeville, movies and razzle-dazzle decor to revive struggling theatres across America. Together Rockefeller, RCA and Roxy realized a fantastic dream - a theatre unlike any in the world.
For much of the theater's history, it presented both a movie and a stage show as part of the same program. By the 1970s, changes in film distribution made it difficult for Radio City to secure exclusive bookings of many films; furthermore, the theater preferred to show only G-rated movies, which became less common as the decade wore on. Regular film showings at Radio City ended in 1979, when Radio City was saved from a possible closure due to lack of funds. Reborn after a $70 million renovation in 1999, Radio City has been restored to all of its original opulence.
Better without the BOOTS
A little Interior Design:
Donald Deskey wasn't the most celebrated interior designer to enter the competition for design of the Music Hall's interior spaces. In fact, he was relatively unknown. But from the moment opening night visitors passed through the lobby and entered the Grand Foyer, his popular legacy was secured. In his design for the Hall, Deskey chose elegance over excess, grandeur above glitz. He designed more than thirty separate spaces, including eight lounges and smoking rooms, each with its own motif.