Radio City Music Hall

1260 Avenue of the Americas,
New York, NY 10020

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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 18, 2016 at 11:14 am

“Of Human Bondage” starring Bette Davis and Leslie Howard opened here in June 1934.

Here’s an excerpt from the New York Times review:

“At the first showing yesterday of this picture the audience was so wrought up over the conduct of this vixen that when Carey finally expressed his contempt for Mildred’s behavior applause was heard from all sides. There was a further outburst of applause when the film came to an end.”

Ah, if we could turn back time: an adult-themed picture playing to an enthusiastic crowd at the Music Hall…

rcdt55b
rcdt55b on July 13, 2016 at 12:46 pm

NewYorker, I think you are right about not having the big names in the show. Last year when Derek Hough took a day off, their was a clear audible moan from the audience. Also, the thought was that there would be more tourists in the summer.

On the projection side, we replaced the 11 digital projectors on the choral stairs and in the booth with 22 newer, brighter ones. They also replaced some of the LED walls and legs with newer ones and also added more.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 13, 2016 at 12:37 pm

I wonder if slow sales can be partially attributed to the title — in seems “New York Summer Spectacular” is more catchy than “New York Spectacular” which sounds a bit generic…

NewYorker64
NewYorker64 on July 13, 2016 at 12:32 pm

I noticed the ticket sales… very unfortunate and likely a direct result of not having star names; an unfortunate dynamic performing arts is going through right now, including Broadway. I saw the show twice, once from 1Mezz A401 and again in Orch ZZ413. The emptiness of the Hall in both cases was alarming. However, being in the orchestra provided a dramatically different experience overall… one of much more energy from the stage, which is to be expected.

rcdt, I think your critical opinion, being so close to the show, would be very interesting. That said, of course one must appreciate your need for professional discretion.

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

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 20, 2016 at 6:09 pm

Rcdt55b, hdtv267 didn’t mean you!

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 2:58 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 4:02 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 9:20 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..