A Christmas Spectacular in State College
First off, before I begin, I have to thank the BJC Staff for allowing us to review this show and the amazing seats.
After Graham Spanier exited stage left, ringing his sleigh bells, the world famous Rockettes took the stage in a reindeer motif to introduce Santa, who whisks us away on a holiday adventure.
At first I was a little skeptical. I mean, it’s just a bunch of chicks prancing about with Christmas carols, right?
Seriously, I wasn’t really excited to see this show besides the free tickets for me to take a date. But, the Rockettes really know how to put on a show. To begin, the stage is amazing. The giant LED backdrop plays in concert with the performers to really make you feel like you’re traveling to NYC down 5th Ave then Broadway then on to The North Pole! The singing was top notch. The comedic performances in the nutcracker were just right (not to mention the little ballerina girl’s amazing ballet performance). Santa’s convincing belly shook like a bowl full of jelly. Everything was perfect to kick you into the holiday spirit.
The Rockettes deserve their own paragraph of praise. Sure, call me chauvinist, but that’s what got this whole production off the ground in the ’30s! The ladies just have legs that go on for days, and when they go into their signature high kick chorus line… jaw dropping (my date slapped me on the shoulder every time). Their military precision rivals that of the Air Force ROTC Honor Guard, and you could only wonder how much practice went into their demanding performance.
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes will be in town for two more days, and I for one recommend the gentlemen in the family fork over the fifty bucks per ticket to take the family for an amazing Christmas experience.
I’m going to go tomorrow to dangle a quart of Creamery Ice Cream in front of them in exchange for a phone number. See you there!