Radio City Music Hall

1260 Avenue of the Americas,
New York, NY 10020

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rcdt55b
rcdt55b on July 13, 2016 at 11:57 am

I won’t comment on the quality of the show itself since I have seen every show so far and it wouldn’t be fair. I do have to say though that ticket sales are EXTREMELY bad. Attendance has been awful.

markp
markp on July 13, 2016 at 11:50 am

NewYorker64, my wife was one of the many dressers on last years show, which was awesome. (sad to say shes not working it this year, shes the head dresser on Cirque Paramour at the Lyric.) Ive heard nothing but good things about it. She will probably be back for the equally great Christmas show in the fall.

NewYorker64
NewYorker64 on July 12, 2016 at 9:31 am

Very happy to report that the New York Spectacular is in fact that. It is a rather extraordinary experience, full of the spectacle that one expects from the Music Hall. The story is pretty brain-numbing, with an outright unlikeable character (the daughter), but who ever went to RCMH for the plot line? The rest is a joy ride. It’s big, it’s loud (the soundtrack is pretty juiced up, or shall I say “very produced”), it’s colorful, the dancing is awesome and innovative. Stages rise and fall, lighting and projections on the arches are beautiful and sometimes staggering and it’s all very good and very right. The most old-school might think it a bit garish, and some of the traditional elements (i.e., the organ, the band car traveling vertically across the stage) aren’t part of the experience, but I think it’s very relevant and appropriate for our time and still provides and experience that is singular to the Music Hall. Is it better than a dark stage? Of course! But it’s actually really something to see… albeit with a modern spirit and open mind. There’s obviously a big crew of talent working behind the scenes to make this happen and they are to be applauded. I don’t know enough about what qualifies as “projection” to comment on that element specifically, so I’ll leave that to one of the experts in this community. And oh, those 36 leggy ones… they’re looking very good and appear to be having a ball. Support the Music Hall, its faithful employees, the talent on the stage and, if you saw last year’s show, see what innovative direction can do.

Anyone else see it? I’m not opposed to alternative perspectives.

rcdt55b
rcdt55b on April 23, 2016 at 8:06 am

Not only are they not using the organs, but there will be a digital soundtrack to supplement the orchestra. Oy!!!

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 22, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Spring question: Would you rather have roses on your piano or tulips on your organ?

HenryABax
HenryABax on April 22, 2016 at 1:01 pm

Will the organ be used for the summer spectacular?

HenryABax
HenryABax on April 22, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Dick Leibert was indeed an interesting person and a very fine organist. There is a biography and a three part discography that were published in Theatre Organ a few years ago.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 19, 2016 at 10:49 am

Loews Paramount (Columbus Circle), Loews New York Twin, and Loews 34th St. Showplace were the only city runs.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 19, 2016 at 10:10 am

The “A Chorus Line” ad shows the original New York engagements, but I cannot make out which theaters it was playing at…

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on April 19, 2016 at 7:48 am

Ads posted for “A Chorus Line” in the Photos Section may have created a false impression that the movie actually played an engagement at the Music Hall. But this so-called “world premiere” on the night of December 9th, 1985 was actually for just one screening only as part of a fund-raising charity affair. It was on the same night as the annual lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, so the area was already packed with sightseers by the time celebrities and VIPs started arriving at the Music Hall.

babyboomerdennis1952
babyboomerdennis1952 on March 22, 2016 at 8:13 am

my colleague working on the organ restoration back in the 90’s told me many interesting stories of Dick Leibert in past years however,I promised I’d never publish them.from what I gather,he was a really interesting was a very interesting guy.

RobertEndres
RobertEndres on March 21, 2016 at 11:17 am

Speaking of which, did anyone here see the premiere of “BvS” last night at the Hall presented in DolbyVision laser projection and Dolby “Atmos” sound? The picture was presented on a 70' screen and from a couple of local comments both it and the sound were spectacular.

LuisV
LuisV on March 21, 2016 at 6:25 am

That is very welcome news indeed, if Radio City winds up getting some of the bigger premieres previously hosted by the Ziegfeld.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 20, 2016 at 6:12 pm

I’m happy that the Music Hall will be getting some movie traffic

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on March 20, 2016 at 4:27 pm

I guess Radio City will be getting all the premieres now, since there’s no more Ziegfeld.

rcdt55b: please tell us about it tomorrow!

rcdt55b
rcdt55b on March 20, 2016 at 4:25 pm

Didn’t miss it. Wasn’t allowed to talk about it. I will tomorrow if anyone wants to know about it.

Garymb
Garymb on March 20, 2016 at 2:17 pm

Hi. I am collecting info an Sharkey, a trained seal that was featured in several stage revues at the Music Hall in the ‘40s and '50s. He was in: “Smart Set” (1944),“Heigh Ho!”(1945-6), “Skyline” (1947),“The Ski Valley Express”(1950), and “Star Spangled Revue”(1952). If there is anyone that remembers Sharkey or has any anecdotes, etc., …or knows if he was in any other revues, I would enjoy hearing about them.

One question. I think he was in the 1957 Christmas Spectacular but I have been unable to confirm. He may have been in a 1943 revue as well? Not sure.

Any help is much appreciated. Thanks in advance!

(P.S. – Sharkey was trained by my great-grandfather, Mark Huling, if anybody remembers him)

Jay Franklin Mould
Jay Franklin Mould on February 15, 2016 at 3:58 pm

Anybody have a photo of the two part “Fire Curtain” which was lowered every morning before house opening and lowered and raised every night after the last featured ended? I remember the first morning I worked and saw it the first time wondering what it was. Thanks in advance.

vindanpar
vindanpar on January 26, 2016 at 5:02 pm

For the Music Hall to show classic films it would need an endowment.

And if I were a David Koch I would be the one to give it.

BobbyS
BobbyS on January 21, 2016 at 10:20 pm

Wouldn’t you think Radio City would bring back those big classic beautiful films on that great screen once a month for one day with four showings…has to make more money than having dark days with nothing…popcorn alone might make it work with proper advertising. On the other hand unions in NY which are probably the highest in the nation might make it difficult. But they did it once. Mid-town is perfect with so many people in the area. I can’t wait to attend the new summer show this year. I don’t know much about it, but I hope it plays well into august and has huge crowds which might bring back the concept once again..

vindanpar
vindanpar on December 28, 2015 at 1:05 pm

Just would like to clarify the fact that the score to Scaramouche was recorded in 3 track stereo and the film opened here in the summer of ‘52. Recording of the film started in October of '51. As I said would be interesting to know how it was presented.

Myron
Myron on December 25, 2015 at 5:44 am

I also saw Scrooge at Radio City & the sound indeed was awesome. I just had a traumatic incident in my life & seeing Scrooge relieved my depression. I think it was in Dec. 1970. The film never got the accolades it deserved. At leasr the song, Thank You Very Much, got an Oscar nomination!

vindanpar
vindanpar on December 23, 2015 at 6:01 am

When I first started going to the Hall in ‘70 it was $1.75 before 12 weekday mornings and this was when they still had a ballet company, full symphony orchestra and 36 Rockettes. I believe a few months before it had been $1.50.

Of course the films at that point were very weak, things like Sunflower and Private Life of Sherlock Holmes which was so disastrous they had to pull it early and for the first time in Music Hall history and opened the Christmas show before Thanksgiving which at the time was considered too early.

The films only got worse but every once in a while though rarely they got a What’s Up Doc or Play It Again Sam.

Sill I got to see the spectacles Rhapsody in Blue and the Undersea Ballet which were great. Literally missed Bolero by days and though it had been done frequently in the past it was never done again much to my eternal chagrin. It was done again as part of a Encores spectacle but it was a completely new staging and new sets and costumes like the current Nativity. A completely different thing without the Leonidoff imprimatur and therefore not really the Music Hall at all.

robboehm
robboehm on December 22, 2015 at 12:33 pm

Going the Music Hall in the day was THE theatrical experience. The lobby, the lounge and the huge auditorium. The organ, the orchestra on the risers, various stage effects. And all for peanuts. Now you spend $10 plus to sit in a space the size of your living room reclining in a chair similar to the one you have at home.

vindanpar
vindanpar on December 22, 2015 at 7:46 am

And maybe Mr Endres is to modest to say but the presentation of SITR was so spectacular that Vincent Canby in that Sunday Times did a big piece on it(gilt edged he called it.) And you must understand this was in 75 when all the NY critics were droning on endlessly about the American New Wave in all their long essays. Very surprising.

I was there on a Saturday and had never seen the film before not even on TV. I was in shock(you know how us movie fans can be) and sat through it twice. I had never seen such colors before and there seemed to be enough inventiveness for 10 films.

It was one of my 3 greatest movie going experiences.

Also I don’t know if the sound had been put through some fake stereo or what but I have not heard since then Conrad Salinger’s orchestrations with such clarity. Especially in the sound stage sequence when Kelly starts turning on the effects for Reynolds. Listen to what Salinger is doing and imagine it in stereo. Magical. Who knows maybe it was stereo originally! The great score of Scaramouche was recorded in stereo(alas the tracks are lost) and that played at the Hall shortly after Rain the same year. Doubt though if it was presented that way. At this point who knows?

The Music Hall had a great stereo system and this was before Dolby. The analogue stereo was better. Warmer, richer and with greater depth. Not so hard and glassy. And there were no visible speakers!

The memory of the sound in the final musical sequence of Scrooge when all the groups converge still gives me chills. It made the final moments of Finney all the more moving. I was a boy but I was practically lifted out of my seat in exhilaration.