Christmas Spectacular - About Radio City
The Radio City Music Hall is known as the "Showplace of the Nation," and for a good reason. The entertainment venue in downtown Manhattan has thrilled audiences for decades, brining them the best in American music, theatre, film, and television – all in one prime location. Barbara Stanwyck, Jimmy Stewart, Douglas Fairbanks, Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles and many, many more have graced the Music Hall with their presence.
Opened in 1932, the Radio City Music Hall was the premiere venue for stage production and film openings. The Music Hall was the largest indoor theatre in the world at the time of its opening, and it still holds that honor. Over 300 million from around the world have passed through the striking Art Deco interior to see a concert, movie, theatrical production or special event inside the historic building. Since 1993, over 700 films have opened at the Music Hall.
The interior of the building is stunningly large and exquisitely designed. The mammoth Great Stage measure 66.5 ft. deep and 144 ft. wide, making it one of the biggest theatre stages in the world. The stage is divided into three sections, and each section is mounted on a hydraulic-powered elevator, making for dynamic stage sets and effects. The shimmering gold stage curtain is also the largest in the world.
The Music Hall’s Mighty Wurlitzer organ is absolutely gigantic, and is the largest pipe organ ever built for a movie theatre. Its pipes range in size from a few inches to 32 feet, and are stored in 11 separate rooms. The Music Hall contains over 25,000 lights and uses four-color stage lighting to heighten the stage effects. In addition to these innovations, Radio City still houses the original water pipeline equipment necessary to create rain effects, and cloud/fog effects via a direct steam pipeline drawing from the nearby Con Edison generating plant.
The Radio City Music Hall is host to a variety of special events for all occasions. Each winter, the Radio City Music Hall hosts the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, one of the longest running Christmas productions in the history of the United States. The Christmas Spectacular is the largest grossing holiday show ever produced in the United States, showing to over 2.1 million visitors every year.
Today, the Radio City Music Hall is the regular home of the Daytime Emmy Awards and the NFL Draft. The MTV Video Music Awards and Grammy Awards galas have also been hosted frequently on-site. The Music Hall also hosts an array of concerts every year, including a sold out Elton John concert held in 2008 to raise money for Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign.