And no, that is not a typo like when misspelled Tom Wolfe the other day. For those of you who caught that, I spelled it like Virginia, something Glenn pointed out to me first thing Sunday morning. Just want you to know I know I did it. Moving right along, after Saturday’s little mishap of getting the days wrong for our Radio City Christmas Spectacular adventure, yesterday we got it right.

ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS SWELL

Dec 5, 2011by tracey Comments

 

And no, that is not a typo like when I misspelled Tom Wolfe the other day.  For those of you who caught that, I spelled it like Virginia, something Glenn pointed out to me first thing Sunday morning. Just want you to know I know I did it.

Moving right along, after Saturday’s little mishap of getting the days wrong for our Radio City Christmas Spectacular adventure, yesterday we got it right.

Now as I mentioned we were going specifically to see my friend Clay Rivers who is now performing for the 10th year as one of the Elves.

I met Clay through my late friend Blake Snyder, who if you read this blog you hear me talk about all the time. But I think Blake sent me to Clay or Clay to me, like he did with so many other special people who arrived into my life after his death.

Clay writes about that very eloquently in his blog.

But yesterday was about fun.  Clay kept telling me the show was really new and improved and he was not kidding. They now have a whole 3D segment on the world’s second largest video screen. There is still Santa and some of the old standbys, but lots of new things too. The Rockettes kick as high as ever, and if you are in New York this time of year it is totally worth seeing.

Talk about fifty being the new something; no matter how old you are that show really does make you feel like a kid!

The line to get in was around the block.
Thanks to Clay we got to pick up our tickets at the Stage Entrance.
Picking up tickets and a hello to Clay before he had to hustle off to get ready to perform.
Lobby of Radio City Music Hall
Some Hot Cocoa for Lucy before the show
The Stage, such a great theater
We looked at the program to find Clay's name right away
Organist warms up and the show....
Begins.
They used to end the show with the Santa but now he is there for the whole thing.
No explaining who they are!
OK so her knee is a little bent, you try it!
Lucy's favorite number; she loved the coats!
So many special effects now.
Go girls!
Clay on stage!
Sometimes he does three shows a day. I don't know how he does it.
This number is a classic but always magical.
And the toy soldiers. Sadly my photos of them falling down are not good.
After the show Clay had organized a band of people to get backstage for a tour.
Loved seeing the costume room.
The camals live backstage. They do. And apparently if you wander around 51st and 6th at six in the morning you can see them out for a morning stroll.
I would love to know how they feel about living backstage.
For such a large theater they have little space so they store things wherever they can.
Clay explaining how it all works.
More props all tucked away for the next show in two hours.
The canon that shoots the soldiers so they all fall down in the Rockettes' most famous number.
The modern computerized controls....
Live next to the old ones which they still use.
Great day, wonderful to get to have the tour. Thank you Clay Rivers.
We walked home, no more pedi-cabs! Someone got a hot dog for dinner and was very happy!