New York Spectacular
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New York Spectacular
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New York Spectacular NYC Reviews and Tickets

80%
(96 Reviews)
Positive
86%
Mixed
13%
Negative
1%
Members say
Entertaining, Great staging, Delightful, Enchanting, Must see

About the Show

The Rockettes' brand-new Radio City Music Hall extravaganza follows one family’s magical journey in NYC. Written by Tony Award-nominee Douglas Carter Beane and starring Broadway vet Euan Morton.

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585 Reviews | 220 Followers
78
Delightful, Entertaining, Cliched, Fluffy, Indulgent

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.

291 Reviews | 706 Followers
85
Predictable but fun, Reliable, Great staging, Nyc propaganda - in a good way!

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.

390 Reviews | 98 Followers
76
Little changed from 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.

324 Reviews | 66 Followers
97
Enchanting, Exquisite, Must see, Riveting, Joyful

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.

278 Reviews | 44 Followers
71
Great staging, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you like the rockettes

Don't see it if you're looking to see something on the level of the Christmas show

222 Reviews | 33 Followers
83
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Exquisite, Great staging

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.

194 Reviews | 145 Followers
82
Entertaining, Delightful, Enchanting, Great staging, Refreshing

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.

179 Reviews | 80 Followers
83
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Original, Must see

See it if you like watching The Rockettes and enjoy looking at glitz and costumes and great sets...

Don't see it if you don't like music and dancing...

Critic Reviews (14)

The New York Times
June 24th, 2016

"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."
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Time Out New York
June 24th, 2016

"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."
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New York Post
June 24th, 2016

"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."
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Theatermania
June 27th, 2016

“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.”
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Talkin' Broadway
June 26th, 2016

“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."
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Theater Pizzazz
July 6th, 2016

"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."
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Broadway Blog
June 28th, 2016

"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."
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DC Theatre Scene
June 24th, 2016

"'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."
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