"The Rockettes are the stars of this sensory-overload summer show...But the whole enterprise is misshapen, its disconnected episodes strung together by a story that has no real reason for being and whose human scale feels utterly dwarfed on the gigantic Radio City stage...It’s a glittery pageant, where music, dance and design need to be paramount. Put those at the center, replace cynicism with celebration, and you might have entertainment worth watching." Full Review
"Radio City Music Hall has been trying hard to give its precision-dance troupe, the Rockettes, something to do beyond Christmas — with little luck...But the third time’s the charm. This year’s edition, choreographed and directed by Mia Michaels, uses most of the same building blocks but improves on them — even if the new book, about a tourist family that gets separated in New York City, is still too gushy and rah-rah." Full Review
“The production isn't quite sure what it wants to be. The songs, orchestrated with a hip-hop beat by Christopher Jahnke, are completely unrecognizable. The script rarely has the pithy verve that is Beane's stock-in-trade as a playwright...Under Michaels' slack direction, the dialogue scenes get lost in a stage filled with massive set pieces and projections...Most disappointing is the choreography, which feels rudimentary and devoid of the flair that won Michaels an Emmy.” Full Review
"It all feels like the most expensive and over-the-top I ❤ NY ad, ever. And yet, this celebration of the Big Apple is often hard to resist. From a technical standpoint it's always impressive, with arresting visuals making up for tepid (often garbled) dialogue and performances dwarfed by the cavernous venue. But the show's best special effects are the stylish precision dancers...They're guaranteed to convert even the most jaded natives." Full Review
"'New York Spectacular,' a new summer show that features the Radio City Rockettes and some terrific sets, aims to tap into a similar demographic as Broadway. But its appeal to tourists is more direct. It’s basically a sightseeing tour of New York. In a thin plot, the two children of a family visiting the city get separated from their parents while in the subway...It’s hokey, sure, but the sets and the video and projection design are so visually splendid." Full Review
“An unflattering dark streak runs through this 85-minute evening, ensuring that, although it may be many things, unbridled fun is never really one of them...Beyond curb-stomping credulity, it sets up the show as one based on loss and fear, rather than joy, which is an odd, frequently unsettling approach....Mia Michaels's production feels as if it's making excuses." Full Review
"A sleek, pretty summer musical…Beane's often-too-sweet script is also peppered with jokes only adults will get…Michaels's editing is as sharp as her twitchy, leg-lifting touches. She knows the stars of the show are the Rockettes — and they shine…The show meanders into some weird places...But there's plenty of magic here...'The New York Spectacular' might not be perfect, but it's made huge steps in both editing and technology." Full Review
"The new eye-popping summer show will not only lift your spirits, but also put you in the most glorious New York state of mind…Michaels has put fire in the bellies of the Rockettes. Their energy, first seen in the opening number set to Taylor Swift’s 'Welcome to New York,' is palpable. And it only gets better…Each production number breathes fresh air into a commodity that dates back to 1925...Beane’s script is chock-full of ripe one-liners, but many get lost in the echoey hall." Full Review
“An exhilarating ode, paean, and ballad to the spirit of this dynamic city in full throttle. You are literally catapulted into the aorta of NYC with the velocity of an express train. This is the Mount Everest of theatrical spectacle - humans summiting insurmountable ranges of possibility. The view from the top is stupendous. You can only stand on the sidelines and scream your adulation and feverish adoration...Put this at the very top of your summer to do list!” Full Review
"If you love New York, there are a handful of lump-in-your-throat moments...Sure, they are rather baldly emotionally manipulative, but I for one didn’t care…Director/choreographer Mia Michaels has pulled together a daunting number of elements to put together an extravaganza that can hold its head up high next to the Rockettes’ legendary holiday-season shows. Recommended." Full Review
"I was pleasantly surprised to find myself watching the stage with wide-eyed wonder...The real and the conjured overlapped to astonishing effect. All the digital wizardry, stage craft elements, and human talents were seamlessly organized...Michaels has combined the tradition of the Rockettes chorus line with original, imaginative movement, adding some modern vibrancy and class to the time-honored act...While not requiring great intellect to appreciate the show, it’s a lot of fun." Full Review
"Both in their billing and physically onstage, the Rockettes become the main attraction — exactly what one might expect from a Radio City experience...The top-notch cast support the production with a story that entertains, teaches, and tugs at the heartstrings, all in equal parts…The choreography was sharp and precise, and one could definitely feel Michaels’ influence in each dance...The beauty of the story is that it never loses its heart, ultimately reminding us to never lose our inner child." Full Review
"The dominant kid-friendly storyline at times gets tiresome...The pacing suffers and you’re left eagerly awaiting the next big Rockette production number…The new material doesn’t always mix well with the precision type dancing we are used to seeing. However, if you’re game for an updated look and feel, there are still plenty of great performances and much spectacle to be enjoyed in the 'New York Spectacular.'" Full Review
"A 90-minute brazen, unapologetic and big-budgeted love letter to its own city...The audience comes alive each and every time those famous Rockettes grace the stage. It is an undeniable rush witnessing them all in a single-file line performing simultaneous choreography...You should take a trip and see The Rockettes at least once in your life. Now might be the time." Full Review
See it if You want to see famous Radio City Music Hall transformed (incredible sets), fabulous dancing, and you love NYC (amazing tribute to city).
Don't see it if You don't care for the Rockettes or a family friendly story set in NYC.
See it if you love the Rockettes - who doesn't?? - and NYC. Shameless plug for the Big Apple. It's short and packed with good dancing and fun sets.
Don't see it if you want high drama or you don't like touristy shows, cute kids, talking statues and kick lines. TIP: You can take all the pics you want.
See it if you love the Rockettes, or you need a show that your kids and out-of-town relatives will enjoy; it is a cute tale aimed at tourists and kids
Don't see it if you know NYC geography and want a strong book, or dislike tourists taking pictures and video during the show, and no one stopping them.
See it if You want to see all the tourist attractions of NYC portrayed onstage. The Rockettes are featured, and the show is visually cool.
Don't see it if You don't like plots involving WHINY kids. Also the Rockettes were featured, but not as much as the Christmas Spectacular.
See it if You haven't seen the Rockettes before. You are an out of towner and want a quick tour of New York sites. You want to see the animatronics.
Don't see it if You mind having to watch advertising at a paid event. You dislike "precocious" kid actors. You have already seen Patience and Fortitude.
See it if you love the Rockettes. Or, if splashy production numbers are all you care about and want a short, tourist-friendly show about NYC.
Don't see it if you want ANY kind of an engaging story or can't sit through banal book scenes in between fun song-and-dance numbers.
See it if you want to feel that goofy/happy feeling of being part of the greatest city in the world, while being in the greatest theatre in New York.
Don't see it if Your name is Ebeneezer Scrooge and you haven't met Marley's Ghost yet.
See it if You like the rockettes, has a great story!! The scenery is magnificent! All the actors were great! Great for kids!
Don't see it if You don't like music , also if u want something serious don't see this!
See it if you have a high tolerance for "meh" dialogue that bridges musical numbers, and MUST see the Rockettes despite their being underutilized.
Don't see it if You're going to get mad that there are two child actors running in and out of Rockettes numbers; if you hate sappy dialogue and NYC cliches.
See it if you love NYC & big splashy spectacles. Great effects and stage settings. The Rockettes are top notch. Live orchestra brings the music alive.
Don't see it if if you are looking for a meaningful story line and great acting. Its geared for the tourist so plenty in the audience.
See it if You have out of town guests who have never seen the Rockettes - far exceeded my low expectations and it's a slick, high-end production.
Don't see it if You hate audiences filled with noisy kids or don't like dancing.
See it if You enjoy the Rockettes or are okay with looking past overblown, clichéd, Times Square family fare for pure entertainment purposes.
Don't see it if You're looking for a musical with a solid storyline or a more high-minded experience.
See it if you like the Rockettes and the spectacular dancing and beautiful sets. It's quite a production. Really appealing. Art Deco Radio City is fab
Don't see it if you don't like the Rockettes. The story is lame. The children are really annoying as they pull the story along.
See it if you want to be dazzled. It rains onstage! The paintings in the museum come alive! A fashion show. THE ROCKETTES!!! What more do you need?!?
Don't see it if Look - this is Radio City Music Hall. You should know what you're getting into. It's fabulous, but Shakespeare it ain't. Have a good time.
See it if You want so much fun! Amazing dancing and incredible sets. You won't be disappointed. The outfits during the Vogue number were epic.
Don't see it if You use flash photography during a show, you know who you are. I hated you.
See it if You want to experience a fun-filled journey throughout our beloved New York City!!! Great staging and the Rockettes dazzle!!!
Don't see it if You aren't in the mood to celebrate NYC.
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