Sunday, March 15, 2015

3.5 Worth Enduring A Not-So-Wonderful-Winter For!

Last blog, I told you that I was going to see the NEW YORK SPRING SPECTACULAR starring the Rockettes, "Nashville's" Laura Benanti, "Dancing With the Stars' Derek Hough, and Broadway star Lenny Wolpe. Well, guys, if you hurry to Radio City Music Hall on Sixth Avenue (or AOA, as it's known these days), you're going to get a better-than-expected ROI. (That's Return On (your) Investment, for those of you who don't follow Wall Street.)

The plot revolves an angel (Hough) sent to Earth to save a proudly old-fashioned tour guide (Wolpe) from losing his job after a billionaire (Benanti) buys his tour company and turns it into an outfit specializing in 3-D virtual reality tours. Along the way our stars visit such landmarks as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yankee Stadium, MetLife Stadium, Madison Square Garden, and The New York Public Library's Fifth Avenue headquarters on 42nd Street, or as it's officially known, the Stephen H. Schwartzman Building, where they encounter the famous lions, Patience and Fortitude, voiced to comic perfection by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Those are only TWO of the many celebrity cameos that permeate this extravaganza, with others provided by a galaxy ranging from Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan to Donald Trump and Michael Stewart. (Long time Radio City visitors who miss the Disney character appearances during the stage shows will be happy to know that the Minions from Universal's "Despicable Me" movies are on hand to bring happiness to kids of all ages as are Paddington Bear, the Penguins of (DreamWorks') Madagascar, Dora the Explorer and her trusty Backpack, and the Red Power Ranger, all of whom appear in a celebration of all things Broadway and Times Square, and the best part is, they're all housebroken unlike the current tribe of Filthy Animals inhabiting the real Times Square.) Of course, the absolute best thing in the show is the Rockettes, especially a dance number set at the Met, a "Singing In The Rain" in Central Park, and the classic "Bunnies and Chicks" number from the late great Radio City Easter Show, although a montage of New York movies ("Home Alone 2", the aforementioned "Madagascar," "Marvel's The Avengers," and yes,yes,yes,YES, "When Harry Met Sally") and a puppet animation of the Alice In Wonderland statue in Central Park (voiced by Bella Thorne from Disney Channel's "Shake It Up!") come very close.

RUN, don't walk, to  and make sure you're a part of this tribute to the Greatest City In The World before it dances off into the sunset! This time we DON'T need a little Christmas, but we need a LOT of Spring, and this Spectacular is just the place to get it!

Bye, Buckaroos!
Steve out!

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