Hacky sack was invented when a sandbag fell from a theater ceiling and was kept aloft by the synchronized kicks of the mighty Rockettes. Witness their infamous footwork this holiday season with today's Groupon: for $33, you get one main-floor ticket to Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes at the Grand Ole Opry House. Choose between the 16 performances listed in the sidebar.
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is a colorful stage show that mimics the annual production in New York City, boasting a 90-minute romp through song, dance, and reenactments of traditional Christmas scenes. 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.
- In a world of downsizing, it's good to know that The Radio City Christmas Spectacular still lives up to its name! The one-of-a-kind show, which is so fast-paced that audience members are barely allowed a second to catch their collective breath, continues to provide a level of rarely-seen glamour and extravagance. – Brian Scott Lipton, Theatermania.com
- My favorite is the classic “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers,” an assembly line of figurines come to life that maintains the same costumes and Busby Berkeley choreography as it had in the first year of the show. – Jason Zinoman, The New York Times