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As everyone knows, it’s not officially the Christmas season until a legion of Rockettes get in a line and do a series of simultaneous high kicks, creating a gale-force wind that blows holdout leaves off trees—the signal for Tiny Tim to release the reindeer. Today’s deal dance starts the holiday season for DC: a $40 ticket to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Rockettes at the Verizon Center, an $80.50 value. Your Groupon will get the best seats available at the time of redemption, so take your Groupon to the box office as soon as you can, preferably utilizing quantum-uncertainty principles in order to get there before you actually arrive. Five hundred seats are available for each show.
Though special effects and revamps have been added to the show during its 77-year history, the Rockettes and their master of ceremonies, Santa Claus, know better than to mess with what works, and have tastefully avoided pandering to America’s obsession with Hulk-related products and bombastic laser-light shows. Expect to see all your favorite numbers, including the teddy bear “Nutcracker,” the parade of wooden soldiers, the Nativity, and, of course, 1,000 high kicks delivered with military precision.
The Rockettes were originally a WWII super-soldier program gone awesome, when a military scientist tried to impress his dancer date by cloning her 35 times. After a disastrous attempt to weaponize these early Rockettes (which required government officials to erase all historical mention of the 51st state, Calizona), the military discovered that the Rockettes were far better at spreading joy and holiday cheer to the entire family through the universal language of kicking—a tradition the dance troupe continues every year upon emerging from a deep cryo-sleep.
The New York Times was quite complimentary of this year’s Christmas Spectacular: > * The dance routines overseen by Linda Haberman, the show’s director and choreographer, retain the flash and sparkle of a Ziegfeld or Busby Berkeley production; the music played by the Radio City orchestra is a compendium of the seasonal songbook. And by the end, “The Living Nativity/Joy to the World,” with its wise men and camels, donkeys and sheep, brought the audience to its feet, singing the hymns and applauding reverentially. – Daniel M. Gold, New York Times
Postcard From Radio City
Radio City is a magical place to visit, but we don’t recommend trying to live there. Once the curtain goes off and the lights go down, it goes from being the pinnacle of Christmasy to borderline Halloween-esque. Here’s the postcard we got from our roommate, Brad, after he left to pursue his dream of moving to Radio City:
- Hey, It’s me. I think I might have made a horrible mistake. Everything was going fine at first. All I had to do was buy a ticket, and I got my own chair and everything! The trouble started when some so-called “usher” confiscated my blanket and thermos. I felt a little better once the show started (it was great!), but afterward, I tried to curl up in my chair to go to sleep and that SAME USHER came over and told me I had to go home. I told him that I was already home and then he touched my shirt so I improvised some karate on the top of his head and darted backstage. As I write this, I am making eye contact with the glassy stare of an empty teddy-bear costume. I think I see it faintly breathing.
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