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Radio City Music Hall
Radio City Music Hall Review
This icon of New York City was built to enchant everyone who stepped inside its doors. Shortly after the stock market crash of 1929, John D. Rockefeller wanted to create a symbol of hope in what was a sad, broke city. Targeting a piece of real estate in an area of Manhattan then known as "the speakeasy belt," he partnered with the Radio Corporation of America to build a grand theater, a place where everyday people could see the finest entertainment at sensible prices.
Every inch of the interior was designed to be extraordinary. When it opened, some said Radio City Music Hall was so grand that there was no need for performances, because people would get more than their money's worth simply by sitting there and enjoying the space. Despite being the largest indoor theater in the world with its city-block-long marquee, it feels warm and intimate. One-hour "Stage Door" walking tours run year-round, but avoid taking the tour during show times, as access is limited. Day-of tour tickets are sold at the Radio City Avenue Store on a first-come, first-served basis; advanced tickets are available by phone or through the website ($19.95 Tours: daily 11–3).
Although there are performances and media events here year-round, more than a million visitors every year come to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, starring the iconic Rockettes. Make reservations as early as possible, especially if you want to attend near the Christmas holidays or on weekends. The shows tend to sell out, but you can usually find tickets until mid-October. Happily, there are no bad seats at Radio City Music Hall, so if you are booking late, grab what you can get. Tickets—$35–$299 per person for the 90-minute show—can be purchased at the Radio City Music Hall box office; on the Web (www.radiocitychristmas.com); by phone on the Christmas Spectacular hot line (866/858–0007); or through Ticketmaster.
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