We took the Radio Hall Tour as it was in our New York City Pass Book but also because we are interested in history and this hall has certainly got some history! The tour guide took us through the building and at the same time gave us lots of interesting detail about the building and those people who had performed or had conventions in the hall. There are of course lots of interesting photographs, posters and murals throughout the building. It is also a classic example of art deco. As part of the usual money making speel the tour ended with a Rockette being available for a Q&A and the usual photo opportunity.
Note:If a group getting ready or preparing for a concert you will not be able to take a photo of the hall which is what happened the day we were there.
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Included in our New York City Tour, was the RADIO CITY STAGE DOOR TOUR at the RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL - Home of the World Famous Rockettes.
Radio City Music Hall was built in 1932. It was the first building in the Rockefeller Center complex to open to the public and, at the time, the largest indoor theater in the world. John D. Rockefeller hired young architect Edward Durell Stone to design the building and the famous impressario Sanuel "Roxy" Rothafel to design the productions. Radio City Music Hall opened on December 27, 1932. The packed house of 6200 included some of the world's most distinguished personalities and featured the biggest names in show business, such as - Frank Sinatra, Bette Midler, Elton John, Lady Gaga, Liza Minelli, Tony Bennett and the Rolling Stones, just to name a few.
During our Tour we had the pleasure of being right on stage and looking over the audience section. We also went way up, by elevator to the top of the Hall and looked down at the stage. We also toured the dressing rooms area and had our pictures taken with a Rockette.
More than 300 million people have come to the Music Hall to enjoy stage shows, movies, concerts and special events. There's no place like it to see a show or stage a show. Everything about it is larger than life.
Radio City Music Hall is the largest indoor theatre in the world. Its marquee is a full city-block long. Its auditorium measures 160 feet from back to stage and the ceiling reaches a height of 84 feet. The walls and ceiling are formed by a series of sweeping arches that define a splendid and immense curving space. Choral staircases rise up the sides toward the back wall. Actors can enter there to bring live action right into the house. There are no columns to obstruct views. Three shallow mezzanines provide comfortable seating without looming over the rear Orchestra section below. The result is that every seat in Radio City Music Hall is a good seat.
Every year more than a million visitors make the Radio City Christmas Spectacular part of their holiday festivities. The eight-week show has been a sell-out success since its debut in 1933.
It was during WWII a mecca for British and Commonwealth airforce personnel who landed in New York on their way to train as pilots and aircrew in both the USA and Canada
There are 6,000 seats at the Radio City Music Hall. Not too many for a popular place such as this. The buildings interior is completely in art eco style, and this hows even better after the 1999 restoration. The velvet seats and furnihings were returned to their original state, so the same as when the building opened its doors for the first time back in 1932. Concerts here sell out quickly so book way in advance if you want to see a show.
I've been to New York many times and never once had it occurred to me to see the Rockettes at Radio City. It just seemed too touristy. But I took my daughter to see the Radio City Christmas show this year and was I blown away! Not only is Radio City Music Hall one of the most gorgeous theatres I have ever visited, but the show was just like they said would be: spectacular. Wow. I was really impressed. Between the live orchestra, moving stage and real camels in the Nativity scene I really got my money's worth. The Rockettes are amazingly talented dancers, too.
Here's a tip: If you want to try to meet some of the Rockettes head over to the Duane Reade drug store across from the theatre right after the show. Many of them go over there to buy water and snacks.
I admit, I had a moment where I was blinded by the mass media and I purchased tickets for the Christmas Spectacular show held every year since 1933 at Radio City Music Hall. There were moments of the show that I absolutely loved, but at the same time, I left feeling unastounded. The Rockettes are great, the Nativity Story is great and Santa is great, but there was just something missing, that I can't quite put my finger on. Patrick loved the music and the lights and all the little kid props in the show. This was his first show ever that didn't involve Harry Potter or dragons. I actually got teary eyed as I watched his faced light up when Santa and his sleigh came out on stage. He really loved the 3-D portion of the show as well. Overall, I think this is a great one time family activity. It is rather expensive at $40 or more dollars per ticket. We had great seats in the orchestra section and paid over $80 a seat with taxes and fees.
It was also very difficult to take pictures since they do not allow flash photography during the show. As hard as I tried to capture a good shot, it just didn't happen.
Besides attending a function at this Grand Dame of Art Deco design you can learn all about its details by taking what is called the 'Radio City Stage Door Tour'. Tours are given hourly during the day and last about an hour. You are taken below the Grand Stage to see how the hydraulics work, to the private apartment of the manager, Roxy Rothafel, and you get to meet and take a picture of a real Rockette in a vintage costume designed by Vincent Minelli.
Tickets are purchased at the Radio City gift shop, which is just to the left of the main entrance on Ave of the Americas.
Additional Tip:The NYC entertainment book (www.entertainment.com) has a coupon, buy one tour, get one free.
Radio City Music Hall is an entertainment venue located in New York City's Rockefeller Center. Known as the Showplace of the Nation, the Music Hall opened to the public on December 27, 1932, and now is home to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, a New York Christmas tradition since 1933, and to the women's precision dance team known as The Rockettes. The theater is also used for a variety of concerts and special events.
America's most popular entertainers have entertained many audiences here since its doors opened in December 1932.
The 6000-seat Art Deco movie palace underwent a 7-month $70million restoration in 1999, restoring it to its former glory.
The Radio City Music Hall is located in Rockefeller Center. The Music Hall is a famous theatre that opened in 1932 and has hosted some of the greatest entertainers, including Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. The inside of the theatre is palatial in designand was recently renovated in 1999.
Even if you don't recognize the famous marquis, surely the famous Rockettes ring a bell. This group of dancers has been performing here since the Hall's opening and have become traditional performers in numerous events. They are known for their synchronized routines which include high kicks and eye catching costumes.
If you can't take in a show here, at least take the tour. The tours are offered seven days a week and, included with the prices of admission is the chance to meet one of the Rockettes. I don't think photos are allowed with the dancers though, but I haven't bothered to check that.
This is another familiar landmark to anyone who owns a tv. If you happen to be hanging out here say, waiting out a downpour like we were, you may even spot a celebrity. We saw Donny Osmond leaving the building.
Radio City Music Hall was declared a national landmark in 1979 after a public outcry saved the building from demoltion. It was opened in 1932 and is the largest theatre in the world seating 5874 people. Countless movies premiered here from 1933 to 1979.
You can take a one hour walking tour of this art deco landmark, see the website for details.
A one hour, behind the scenes walking tour of Radio City Music Hall. It's a beautiful, legendary theatre and a fun tour. RC opened in 1932 and is still going strong with it's famous Rockettes. You will get a chance to meet a Rockette on the tour, ask questions, and take photos. Be sure and check out the 24 karat gold leave foyer ceiling, and the 4,178 pipe organ.
Radio City Music Hall is the largest indoor theatre in the world.
It has been used for stage shows, movies, concerts and special events since in opened in 1932.
It is one of those fabulous places that I have always heard about - "so and so played at Radio City Music Hall" etc.
We were in the area at the wrong time to do a guided tour, so had to make do with photos of the exterior.
When I get back to New York one day I would love to see a show/concert here.
Would love to hear from anyone who has!
Since its doors opened as a part of the Rockefeller Center on December 27, 1932, more than 300 million people have come to Radio City Music Hall to enjoy stage shows, movies, concerts and special events. There's no place like it to see a show or stage a show. Everything about it is larger than life.
Radio City Music Hall is among the largest indoor theatres in the world. Its marquee is a full city-block long. Its auditorium measures 160 feet from back to stage and the ceiling reaches a height of 84 feet. The walls and ceiling are formed by a series of sweeping arches that define a splendid and immense curving space. Choral staircases rise up the sides toward the back wall. Actors can enter there to bring live action right into the house. There are no columns to obstruct views. Three shallow mezzanines provide comfortable seating without looming over the rear orchestra section below. The result is that every seat in Radio City Music Hall is a good seat.
For decades, America's most popular entertainers have thrilled audiences here. Radio City has also hosted the Grammy's and the Tony's, The MTV Video Music Awards and the ESPY Awards.
The art deco building underwent an $ 70 million restoration in 1999. The Radio City "Stage Door Tour" is a one hour, walking tour of the interior of Radio City Music Hall that departs from the Music Hall lobby (daily, 11am / 3pm). For more info and tickets see the official web site.
Radio City Music Hall was part of JD Rockefeller's ambitious plans and has been a showcase over the last 60 years for numerous events, premiers, and concerts. Many stars have performed there but history has made the hall a star as well.
There are tours you can take to see this building or you can see who or what is performing and take in the full ambience.