Rockettes or Chicago

Old Nov 19th, 2004, 10:50 AM
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Rockettes or Chicago

Trying to decide which show to see in NYC the week after Christmas? Any opinions?

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Old Nov 19th, 2004, 10:56 AM
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Since I'm not a fan of Radio City I would opt for Chicago.
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Old Nov 19th, 2004, 11:29 AM
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Well, Chicago is an actual musical play - with a story line integrated with music and song - and fairly sophisticated choreography. The RC show is a "spectacular" whatever that means - with a row of hoofing rockettes - not bad at what they do - but fairly limited (have not been a big fan of spectaculars since I was disappointed at the age of 8 by the easter show - they were pushing a large cardboard blue bird around the stage).
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Old Nov 19th, 2004, 11:33 AM
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In my personal opinion, Chicago was one of the most uninspiring Broadway Shows I've ever seen. The movie is much better.

On the other hand, I loved the Holiday Spectacular at Radio City and have seen it at least 5 times.
 
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Oh, GoTravel, you've hurt me to the quick. We found Chicago to be one of the most creative productions in recent years!
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Old Nov 19th, 2004, 11:40 AM
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I have seen both Chicago and the holiday show at Radio City. I would think the holiday show would top off your christmas quite nicely. I saw it years ago and I thought it was wonderful. The chicago show is good but I have seen better broadway shows.
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Old Nov 19th, 2004, 11:57 AM
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Howard, I'm just a theater neanderthal! Honestly, I don't really care for Broadway shows even though I've been to quite a few.

Shockingly, and I hope you are sitting down, I love seeing performances at the Folger Shakespearian Theater in DC. I've seen Richard III and Othello there and both times it was riveting and moved me to tears.

I got turned on to the theater while one of my best girlfriends was finishing her MFA there.
 
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Radio City Christmas Spectacular. It is a real treat.
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Old Nov 19th, 2004, 12:52 PM
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Despite my love of Chicago, I'll have to agree with the other posters. The Christmas show at the Music Hall is something you should see at least once, not only for the spectacle of the show, but for the majesty of the theater, a true architectural treasure.
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A couple of years ago I didn't buy our tickets until after our arrival in NYC. I bought "VIP" tickets (or something similar) without knowing what I was buying. Talk about a treat!

Instead of standing in the long lines snaking around RCMH (or at the Will Call window), the VIP line (actually no lines) were on the side. You are escorted in to wait in the heated lobby while a doorman retrieves your tickets (after handing him the buyer's DL and CC). We headed toward our seats and kept going and going and going. The VIP section were the first few rows of the theatre. Waiting on each seat was a large souvenir gift bag with program and popcorn in a souvenir tub. Waitstaff approached us in our seats to ask our preference - sodas or water.

The show was amazing, especially when the ice rink rises up in front of you for that part of the show. I swear I felt a few ice chips (more of an ice spray really) hit my face.

I can't remember how much more the VIP tickets were, but we did the math at the time and we think it was basically the same price of the seat plus program plus soda and popcorn. We felt it was well worth the price...but the "special" treatment just added to the magic of the day. The look on the face of the youngest with us was pure magic!
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If you are visiting NYC during the holidays, you HAVE to see the Spectacular at RCMH. It's some sort of tradition/law. Live animals, theater like none other I've seen, ice, the Rockettes. Statue of Liberty, Rockettes, Rockefeller Center.

Go see Chicago on tour. Or in July. In Iowa. You can't see the Spectacular any where else! (OKay, don't spit on me; I know they tour, but it's canned music and not nearly as spectacular.)

I grew up on this stuff, can you tell?

Also, if you have kids, Chicago might be over their heads.

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I vote for the Rockettes. Definitely a wonderful event. Have to agree that the traveling show of it is not near as great as the NYC one.
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I don't know where you live, but you could possibly see a touring production of Chicago that would rival the current Broadway one. But there is no way you can see a "spectacular" like the Christmas one at Radio City. First of all, do you have a local theatre that could do half of what they do there? It's big, it's corny, and it's wonderful.
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