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Radio City Christmas Spectacular: A Nashville Holiday Tradition

Radio City Christmas Spectacular: A Nashville Holiday Tradition


Radio City Christmas Spectacular: A Nashville Holiday Tradition

Toy Soldiers

© Jan Duke
Radio City Christmas Spectacular Photos
Back Stage with the Rockettes
Nashville Christmas Photo Galleries

For the first time in 2005, Nashville moved one of its largest productions, the CMA Awards, to New York. However, a few years ago, New York had begun to send a branch of their largest production, The Radio City Rockettes, to Nashville. Before the Rockettes could take the Opry Stage, the official lighting ceremony had to take place. On the eve of their opening night, the Rockettes were on hand to assist country stars Porter Wagoner and Pam Tillis in flipping the switch turning on the lights to kick-off Opryland's Annual "A Country Christmas" celebration.

If you're not yet in the Christmas Spirit, you will be as soon as you step into the Grand Ole Opry House. [The Grand Ole Opry Show has relocated to its prior home, the Ryman Auditorium, in downtown Nashville until the end of February. The doors of the Grand Ole opry House are lined with garland, wreaths adorn the walls and a tree almost touching the ceiling is beautifully decorated. Six live musicians are there to greet you in the lobby playing classic Christmas melodies.

Kicking off the show were an assemble of singers and dancers with "We Need A Little Christmas" with a transition into "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town". The audience erupted with applause with the first appearance of the Rockettes, and continued with that trend throughout the night. The ladies were dazzling in white sequined costumes toting two-sided red, green and gold shimmering wreaths.

Following the first scene, our narrator of sorts, Santa Claus makes his first appearance, "Santa' Gonna Rock n Roll". He let us in on a couple of surprises, number one, Santa can sing and number two, he has a rapping elf on his staff!

The Rockettes returned to the stage sporting gold lamé sequined costumes to perform their interpretation of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" taking on the persona of each of the twelve gifts. The dance was completed with the lyrics sung by the Rockettes and the famous high kick line much to the delight of the crowd. This wasn't to be the last of the kick lines of the night though as it appeared various times throughout the night.

Scene Four begins what is called "The Nutcracker: A Little Girl's Dream" and any child seeing it will more than likely be found later hoping that her own teddy bears will begin to dance around her bedroom as these do.

The moment that most were awaiting was here. The first appearance of a Rockette with the famous Wooden Soldier costume caused the audience to cheer loudly. This favorite, The Parade of Wooden Soldiers". has been performed by the troupe for more than sixty-five years. The most fascinating part had to be the precision in which they move about the stage in perfected lines. They will also leave you wondering how they begin the fall portion in such a slow motion only picking up the momentum as more soldiers fell.

The production entitled, "Christmas in New York", then transports the audience to New York's Fifth Avenue where the dancers/singers emerge through revolving doors from their Christmas shopping. The set design in this production is planned out perfectly. Pay close attention to what seems to be props as you never know when they might take on a life of their own. Next you will travel from a Fifth Avenue store to Rockefeller Center complete with a taxi cab crossing the stage. However, this isn't your typical cab as this one is filled with Rockettes emerging one after another in red sequined Santa style fur-lined skirts.

Radio City Christmas Gift Ideas
  • Radio City Christmas Spectacular DVD
    The Rockette's 75th Anniversary DVD special featuring The Rockettes that includes an entire show.
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  • Radio City Spectacular
    A Historical Photographic book that tells the History of the Rockettes thru photography
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  • Rockette Doll
    A wonderful series, just perfect for any girl, that offers several different Rockette dolls made by the Alexander Doll Company
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  • Radio City Rockettes Christmas Ornaments
    Choose from an assortment of cute Rockette Ornaments to put on your Christmas tree year after year
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