Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Welcome to the Spring Spectacular

It feels as though we've been waiting for spring and warmer weather for several decades, rather than four months. Though technically the calendar says spring I was still wearing my winter jacket today. Yes, it was my lightest winter jacket, but it was not spring outside. Happily it was spring inside last Saturday when my friend Lonni and I went to Radio City Music Hall for the Spring Spectacular.

I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I remember going to Radio City with my parents -- anyone remember "Son of Flubber?" -- for a movie and the spring stage show when I was in elementary school, but I don't have any specific memories of what the stage show included. I know the Rockettes were a big part of it, but the rest of the show has slipped from my memory. We had such a good time at the Christmas show that we bought tickets in December and tucked them away. I had no idea how much I would need a big boost of spring.

The plot was sweet and sentimental and a very enjoyable way to show off the treasures of New York City. The stars were Laura Benanti and Derek Hough and of course, the Rockettes. I've watched about two episodes of "Dancing with the Stars," but seeing Derek Hough and the Rockettes dance one of my favorite songs, "Singing in the Rain," I just may become a loyal watcher of "Dancing with the Stars" yet.

This is the finale scene, where the Statue of Liberty joins the show.
One much little known fact about my career aspirations was that I've always wanted to be a tap dancer. I definitely had lots of early exposure to the Rockettes and Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. I briefly took lessons growing up and again very briefly as an adult. Alas, I couldn't shuffle off to Buffalo or anywhere else. I've given up my aspirations in this direction, but I had to laugh when Lonni commented that we could have been Rockettes if we were taller and met the height requirements. That's a friend! I was completely awed by the high kicks and couldn't imagine doing even one of them and not falling on my bottom.   
Sadly, Blogger is acting up again, and I can't make the bottom pictures larger. I had such high hopes after I put up the first picture. I will stop back tomorrow and see if Blogger is better behaved and I can enlarge the pictures. The staging was terrific. 
 I'm off to a little adventure in the West Village tomorrow. I plan to take lots of pictures for Random 5 Friday.
I hope you're seeing a lot more spring than we are. As ever thanks for visiting and take good care.


Debbie Harris said...

Why hello Carol! How good it is to visit you! Life for me has been rather off and on with the needs of my parents, so I haven't been around much.
We have had beautiful weather here in Colorado, so beautiful that the bear are beginning to show up. We saw one Saturday but he was a little slow moving. I think it was his first day out of the den.

I too would love to tap dance. :-) I actually had lessons as a child and wished I would have gone further with it. Now it could be dangerous for me. :-)

I hope spring reaches you soon.
Have a blessed rest of the week.
Joy to you!


Expecting 3 inches of snow here tomorrow. A little Spring Spectacular is just what I needed. We've watched DWTS for all the seasons it's been on, except this one. LOVE DEREK. Besides being a dancer he is a marvelous choreographer. Sounds like a delightful show. A wonderful experience, indeed.

Sola Scriptura said...

You go on so many fun adventures! I wish I could tap dance, but I find it difficult enough to just walk without tripping :)

Theresa said...

There are Spring showers around my neck of the woods! Thankfully we have brief times of sunshine and blue skies too:) I love DWTS and Derek Hough! I sure would love to see him on stage:) Enjoy your day dear friend, hope warmer weather is in your very near future! HUGS!

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

My parents took me to Radio City Music Hall many times when I was a child. When I went back a few years ago, I was a little disappointed. It seemed smaller and not as elegant. However, it was very exciting being back and the show was delightful.

Barbara F. said...

My mom took me to Radio City many times, they used to show movies back in the day. I saw The Sound of Music there, and also Bye Bye Birdie. Then we would go to Schraaft's for lunch. Or McGuinness for a roast beef sandwich. The best. We would get all dressed up for the occasion, I remember my mom and I both wore white gloves! I would love to see this show. Are the tickets expensive?

Dee said...

Dear Carol, I was able to enlarge the photos and get detail. Wow! is all I can say about the staging.

I used to watch "Dancing with the Stars" and Derek Hough was my favorite professional. He was an excellent--innovative--choreographer for that show. So I'm wondering if he choreographed this spring stage show.

I so enjoy learning about New York from your postings. Thank you for all you share. Peace.

Nellie said...

What fun! I'd love to see a Rockette show! Thanks for giving us this peek!

Mevely317 said...

This makes me smile!
I scarcely recall being at RCMH, but I think seeing the Rockettes would never, ever grow old.

Saleslady371 said...

This must have been a thrill for you being that you loved to dance. I'm a big Dancing With the Stars fan and love Derek! He's awesome. I could see the photos very well enlarged. Beautiful.

Ida said...

How exciting. The Rockettes are pretty cool on their own and adding Derek Hough just makes it even better.