Radio City Christmas Spectacular

The Christmas tree has arrived at Rockefeller center. Lights are twinkling on city streets and subway-musicians are signing carols.  We’re gearing up for Thanksgiving next week, but it’s certainly beginning to feel like Christmas in New York City.  And it is truly a magical place to be during the holiday season.

Radio City Music Hall

My whole clan was excited to head over to Radio City Music Hall to catch a matinée performance of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

Radio City Music Hall Christmas Show

The production was joyfully mesmerizing for us all.  The precisions, syncronicity and elaborate costume changes of the Rockettes are incredible – and the kids were delighted to see Clara in the Nutcracker scene, complete with dancing stuffed animals.  The show is truly magical to see with littles – our’s ohhed and ahhed at the Wooden Soldiers scene, the ice skaters, beautiful effects and live camels.  The kids were elated with the Dancing Santas, and I found the finale, The Living Nativity scene to be quite moving.

Our experience was definitely elevated by having the chance to interact with the Rockettes in the famed Roxy Room.  Both of the children were wowed by this special pre-show press event.  We were also thrilled to leave with a lovely picture with Santa as a special keepsake of our unforgettable day.  The Radio City show was a true treat for our family and one that we are certain will remain a cherished family holiday memory.

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Spectacular indeed.

Special thanks to The Radio City Christmas Spectacular team for an incredible experience.  Opinions, as always, are my own.

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Matilda The Musical {Review}

I recently had the pleasure of surprising Lucia with an early school pick up to see Tony Award winning  Matilda the Musical at the Shubert Theatre, here in New York City.  It was our first mother-daughter Broadway date.  As a child who devoured Roald Dahl novels, I couldn’t wait to see the musical adaptation of the book (by Dennis Kelly and award-winning musician/comedian Tim Minchin) come to life with my daughter at my side.

Matilda the Musical review

I gave Lucia an overview of the characters during our train ride to Times Square to help her contextualize what she soon would see.  We were both hooked from the opening musical number, entitled “miracle”.  Unfortunately for Matilda, “my mummy says I’m a miracle” is a fallacy as her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood are truly revolting, neglectful non-caretakers – a stark contrast to the incredibly gifted heroine Matilda.  Lucia immediately took to young Bailey Ryon (one of the four alternating actresses) who played Matilda Wormwood.  Her brilliant performance and vocal strength captivated audience members throughout the entire production.  I anticipated some of the dark parts of the show to be frightening for Lucia as she is two months shy of the recommended age of six.  Mrs. Trunchbull, cast so perfectly as a male, is a true mesh between pure comedy and sheer terror.  Elements of Roald Dahl’s book appear verbatim to my memory, including Mrs. Trunchbull’s swinging of children by their pigtails and ears.  Lucia was fine during scenes that some young patrons may perceive as scary.

Every component of Matilda The Musical, from the stagecraft to choreography is an experience to take in.  Rob Howell’s whimsical set design is genius.  We were entranced  by the endless amount of wooden blocks and intricate details woven throughout each set.  Lighting designer Hugh Vanstone’s special effects made my first grader repeatedly ask “how did they do that?!”.  When the production finished, Lucia called her Matilda experience a “forever memory”.   We have since been singing the memorable tune “When I Grow Up” and revisiting that glorious swing scene on YouTube more times than I can possibly count.  I laughed and cried and believe that we both left in absolute awe of the production and brilliant cast. I do hope that Lucia tucks Matilda’s empowering message of strength, love of learning and creativity deep into her young mind.  Matilda The Musical is a must see and a forever memory indeed.

Matilda the musical on broadway

Matilda The Musical is currently running a Halloween special with $97 dollar seats available this week! Special pricing on select performances is also available through the end of the year.  For tickets visit Telecharge and for more information visit the Matilda The Musical website.

Tickets to Matilda The Musical were provided to facilitate this review.  As always, opinions are strictly my own. 

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