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Review: Christmas Spectacular returns at New York’s Radio City Music Hall

On December 7, this journalist was afforded the privileged opportunity to experience the 2022 “Christmas Spectacular” at the hallowed Radio City Music Hall in the heart of New York.

The 2022 Christmas Spectacular at Radio City
The 2022 Christmas Spectacular at Radio City. Photo Credit: MSG Entertainment
The 2022 Christmas Spectacular at Radio City. Photo Credit: MSG Entertainment

On December 7, this journalist was afforded the privileged opportunity to experience the 2022 “Christmas Spectacular” at the hallowed Radio City Music Hall in the heart of New York. It runs through January 2, 2023.

It has become a staple of the holidays in Manhattan, featuring the world-renowned Radio City Rockettes. This heartwarming and uplifting production consisted of intricate choreography and show-stopping numbers that left the audience (who came from all over the world) in a state of awe.

This year’s performance was quite the spectacle since it featured an immersive and whimsical number titled “Dance of the Frost Fairies.” In this segment, the Rockettes morphed into winged fairies and they were joined by state-of-the-art fairy drones.

It brought people down memory lane to 2018 when they introduced Intel’s mini drones into their show, which was visually striking. It is the Big Apple’s top holiday show for a reason.

The 2022 Christmas Spectacular at Radio City
The 2022 Christmas Spectacular at Radio City. Photo Credit: MSG Entertainment

“The Christmas Spectacular,” which has inspired and amazed more than 69 million people from around the world since it debuted in 1933, is a one-of-a-kind tradition where the magic of Christmas in New York comes alive.

Radio City Music Hall is the only place in the world where audiences can experience the immersive magic of the Christmas Spectacular and the new scene “Dance of the Frost Fairies.” It felt like a real-life “Frozen” musical, and that ought to be taken as a compliment.

The 2022 Christmas Spectacular will feature the new lyrical number “Dance of the Frost Fairies.” The scene centers on the whimsical frost fairies who emerge during the magical first snowfall of every season. This sequence was poignant, compelling, and resonant and it was able to touch the audience on an emotional level.

In “Dance of the Frost Fairies,” the Rockettes transform into fantastical, winged fairies, performing alongside fairy drones that dance high above the audience, turning Radio City into a wintry wonderland. The costume, which was designed by Gregg Barnes, is the only costume that the Rockettes wear where each one is completely unique – just like snowflakes.

There are six different designs and six different colors, making for 36 different costumes that highlight the individuality of the Rockettes. The costumes feature custom fairy wings designed to work with the athletic and complex choreography in the number.

In addition, it bears to mention that the Rockettes organization is committed to ensuring that the Rockettes line showcases greater diversity and that it includes dancers from all backgrounds who see themselves represented.

The Rockettes’ precision dance technique and their kickline was consistently spot-on throughout the entire performance. They are recommended seeing live. This year’s show at Radio City Music Hall garnered two thumbs up.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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