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After canceling their famous Christmas Spectacular last year for the first time in 87 years, the Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. announced that the Rockettes will return to Radio City this year. Tickets are already on sale for shows running from November 5, 2021 through January 2, 2022.
— Rockettes (@Rockettes) July 22, 2021
“The Christmas Spectacular IS the holiday season in New York for so many families – and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome them back to Radio City Music Hall this November,” said James Dolan, Executive Chairman and CEO of MSG Entertainment. “After a year none of us will ever forget, we all need a little joy – and there’s nothing like the Rockettes and the Christmas Spectacular to get us into the holiday spirit and make the season unforgettable.”
The Rockettes typically rehearse for more than 200 hours leading up to the show’s November debut. Though they couldn’t do so in the traditional way over the past year, last December, the dancers started free Instagram Live classes for the public. The troupe also performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting, both of which were televised nationally.
As 6sqft previously explained:
The chorus line-style dance troupe originally began in 1925 in St. Louis and first started performing in various New York City shows shortly thereafter. For Radio City’s opening night on December 27, 1932, they performed as the Roxyettes, a name derived from showman S.L. “Roxy” Rothafel, who first brought the troupe to New York. They quickly became the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, but it wasn’t until 1999, that they made their debut in the Christmas Spectacular as we know it today.
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