By: Carolina Pichardo
When I think about Radio City Music Hall, I revisit the Alicia Keys’ concert, Bette Midler stories and MTV scenes. As for my daughter, she remembers the Backyardigans, Dora the Explorer, and of course – the Rockettes.
For thousands of kids in New York City (without their own fireplace and chimneys to look up through), this is it for the holidays.
Since seeing the Christmas Spectacular a couple of years ago, Lyanna has been the show’s biggest fan. It’s where she witnessed the dancing, bright lights, and found her belief in Santa Claus again.
So when we approached the building to do the “Stage Door Tour,” her eyes lit up.
“Are we going to see a show?” she yelled.
“Not really,” I said with the biggest hesitation. She gave me that what-are-you-talking-about look, and before she could say anything else, I hurried her and her best friend, Anna Sophia, into the building.
Santa Was There, Well Almost
When we got inside, there were other families waiting to be swept into the tour. We immediately entered the main lobby, where there were holiday decorations spread on the floors and scattered on the walls.
It was very undercover-like, as if a reindeer could fly into the scene any minute (they are known for pulling those extraordinary stunts).
No Show Necessary
Despite the bareness of it, my girls got right into it and actually listened to what our tour guide had to say. We drifted along as he pointed to the six musical instruments on the carpet design, demonstrated “The Fountain of Youth” mural by Ezra Winter, took us to take a tinkle in the 1930′s style bathroom, and truly showed us the magic that exists in this place – no show necessary.
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