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Holiday Happenings
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
News Release
Tuesday, December 23, 2008


Houston will experience Christmas like never before as Madison Square Garden Entertainment (MSGE) brings Toyota Center the biggest production ever of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, starring the world famous Rockettes, in the show’s 76-year history. This year marks the debut of a whole new Spectacular, re-imagined specifically for large-scale venues and playing to 18 cities across the country. Presented by Capital One, this production redefines family entertainment in an arena setting, as this brand new show replicates the magic of the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall on an entirely different scale, including all the elements of the 75th celebratory edition, which debuted to critical acclaim and dazzled national audiences during its televised NBC special last year.  The beloved holiday show will run at Toyota Center January 2 – 4, 2009 for seven performances.
“The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is the #1 live holiday production in the world and has been a cherished part of holiday family traditions for generations.   Straight from the great stage of Radio City Music Hall, the scope and scale of this new production of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular is going to raise the bar for live family entertainment,” said Jonathan Hochwald, executive vice president, Productions, MSG Entertainment. “We look forward to bringing the spirit and warmth of our holiday production to more people than ever before with the largest traveling Christmas celebration ever created.”

Directed and choreographed by Linda Haberman, who conceived and directed last year’s critically acclaimed 75th celebratory show at Radio City Music Hall, the arena production was specifically designed to play in large venues scaled to capacities ranging from 7,000 – 12,000.  This multi-faceted theatrical touring production was completely constructed for an arena space, allowing the audience to experience the magic of The Christmas Spectacular at the grandest scale ever imagined by the Radio City creative team.  Hitting the road with thirty-four trucks and sixteen buses, the show celebrates Christmas with dramatic arena lighting effects; breathtaking imagery; flying sequences; new musical compositions; and an array of glamorous new costumes. The touring production features high-energy, tap-infused Rockette performance numbers, breathtaking sets that surround the audience and special effects that fill the venue.
“My vision for the Rockettes and the Christmas Spectacular has always been to explore scale and take the precision dance form to new levels, whether in a theatrical venue or an arena space,” said Linda Haberman, director and choreographer, Radio City ChristmasSpectacular. “In my view, the mark of a true classic is that it is timeless, relevant and can be re-interpreted to push artistic boundaries.”
The production is enhanced by an immense LED screen that transports the audience from a wintry landscape to Times Square to Santa’s Workshop right before their very eyes. The larger than life sets and awe-inspiring special effects, such as Santa flying out into the audience as snow falls upon the crowd, allows families to connect with both the intimacy and grandness of The Christmas Spectacular as they are immersed in the warmth and grandeur of the holiday spirit. From the moment guests settle into their seats, the audience becomes part of the Spectacular’s magical experience.
Traditional fan-favorites like “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers,” which continues to set the standard as the signature Rockette number for precision performance, and “the Living Nativity” remain a vital part of the show’s core. And the Rockettes will undoubtedly bring the audience to their feet with a Rockette finale “Let Christmas Shine,” which honors and celebrates the Rockettes as the stars of the show.
For more than three-quarters of a century, the Radio City Rockettes have entertained millions of families with their eye-high kicks and unparalleled precision dance. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular creates wonderful memories for more than two million patrons each year and has been enjoyed by approximately 65 million people in 31 cities since its inception in 1933.  The Rockettes are an American treasure and their performance style has always been both entirely glamorous and deceivingly complex.  As the stars of the legendary Christmas Spectacular, the Rockettes will move this new production forward as they showcase their signature precision dance style and debut some of the most challenging and freshest Rockette numbers that have ever been conceived.
Tickets priced at $79, $59 and $29 are now on sale at , by phone 1-866-4-HOU-TIX, at the Toyota Center Box Office, and at select Houston area Randall’s locations.  For groups of 10 or more, call 713-758-7577 or email . Show schedule Friday, Dec. 2  4:30pm; 7:30pm; Saturday, Dec. 3  1:00pm, 4:30pm, 8:00pm; Sunday, Dec. 4 1:00pm, 4:30pm.

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