Radio City Christmas Spectacular to Bring All New Production to Peabody Opera House
St. Louis, MO (May 30, 2012) – MSG Entertainment (MSGE) announces an all new
production of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, starring the Rockettes, as St. Louis
audiences will experience the magic of Christmas like never before. In this multi-faceted
production, the Rockettes will dance their way through an awe-inspiring journey with new
scenes, an array of glamorous new costumes, dramatic lighting effects, and a 50-foot LED
screenthat will enhance the show with breathtaking new imagery. The Christmas
Spectacular will run at the Peabody Opera House from November 8-17, 2012.Tickets go on
sale Friday, June 1 at 10am.
“The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is America’s #1 live holiday production and has
been a cherished part of holiday family traditions for generations. We are honored to have
the Rockettes return to their native city of St. Louis with a show unlike anything St. Louis
has seen before,” said Don Simpson, executive vice president, Productions, MSG
Entertainment. “We are thrilled to present this new unparalleled production to the audiences
of St. Louis as they will experience dynamic and compelling new content while still
honoring the traditions steeped in the Christmas Spectacular that have entertained our fans
for 80 years. Returning audiences will be amazed by the transformation of the Christmas
Spectacular, and new fans will not want to miss this show.”
This year, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular will celebrate the Rockettes’ return to their
birthplace in St. Louis, commemorating a legacy spanning more than eight decades. Since
their inception by founder Russell Markert in 1925, they have remained a timeless tradition
as American icons throughout their storied history. They continue to take the Christmas
Spectacular to new heights, dazzling audiences with their performance style as it continues
to be both deceivingly complex and entirely glamorous. This year, the Rockettes will share
the warmth and spirit of the holidays with St. Louis audiences when they return to their
This year’s production will feature a 50-foot LED screen that will transport the audience to
Times Square and Santa’s Workshop with Santa and the Rockettes, using new technology
with the Christmas Spectacular’s classic holiday numbers to enhance the production. The
2012 edition of the show will introduce new sets and special effects that will immerse
audiences in the magic of Christmas like never before.
In addition to fan favorite scenes, including the high-energy, tap-infused number“The
Twelve Days of Christmas,” the Rockettes will debut newnumbers that will showcase their
signature precision dance technique alongside challenging and dynamic new choreography.
In a brand new scene, “New York at Christmas,” the Rockettes will board a life size doubledecker tour bus, taking audiences on a guided tour through the streets of New York City.
This scene includes show-stopping choreography performed across the landscape of iconic
New York City landmarks and culminates in the “crossroads of the world,” Times Square.
Santa Claus will take center stage in two magical new scenes: “Magic is There,” in which
Santa takes two young brothers on a journey to the North Pole, and “Here Comes Santa
Claus,” a number that reveals how Santa can be in multiple places at once. These heartwarming moments highlight the true meaning of Christmas in a way that only
Santa himself can convey.
A new Rockettes finale will honor and celebrate the stars of the Christmas
Spectacularfeaturing dazzling new costumes and choreography. The Rockettes will sparkle
from the stage in the finale performance “Let Christmas Shine,” wearing a costume
featuringover 3,000 crystals. As the performance comes to a close, audiences will have the
opportunity to lend their voices alongside the “Radio City Singers” in an energetic rendition
of “Joy to the World.”
Belovednumbers such as “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers,” which continues to set the
standard as the signature Rockettes number for precision performance, and “The Living
Nativity,” both of which have been performed since the Christmas Spectacular’s inception,
still remain a vital part of the show’s core.
In the Christmas Spectacular’s18-year combined history outside of New York, as well as
the production at Radio City Music Hall, the show has played to more than 72 million
people. The Christmas Spectacular continues to create memories that audiences have come
to treasure, and this year will mark an all new Spectacular experience for St. Louis.