NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Monday, October 26, 2015, 5:48 PM
While the Rockettes are gearing up for their Christmas Spectacular, organizers close to the world’s most famous kickline are ready to kill the dance troupe’s Spring Spectacular and replace it with a summer show.
“Harvey Weinstein killed the Easter Bunny!” jokes one insider. “They’re moving the show to summer.”
Another source tells [email protected] that Weinstein, a producer on the show, didn’t make the decision.
The Rockettes’ Christmas Spectacular has been a tried and true Radio City tradition since 1933. But efforts to kick off a springtime version of the show have been considerably less successful. We’re told that show organizers, including Madison Square Garden honcho James Dolan, are now in talks to replace the spring show with a summer version that would open in June and run through August to coincide with school vacation. They’re also hoping a little time will heal, or at least prevent, new wounds.
“There were lots of injuries and fatigue associated with going straight from doing the Christmas show to rehearsing for spring, so they want to give dancers a little more time between shows so that they can rest,” says our insider. Our source says none of the dancers in the Christmas show will be guaranteed a spot in the summer one, but they’ll have an upper leg in auditions.
“They also want to add three weeks to the show,” we’re told. “It’ll be longer, it’ll be bigger and it’ll have big stars.”
In 2014, when MSG Entertainment first tried launching a Rockette’s springtime show, called “Hearts and Lights,” the company suffered one of its greatest humiliations to date by having to cancel the program a week before it was supposed to have debuted. MSG and the Rockettes successfully got the show off the ground this year, but probably shouldn’t have, according to critics. Daily News theater writer Joe Dziemianowicz gave that program two out of five stars and called it “a lazy musical hodgepodge” with “all the wit and charm of a shopping list.”
According to our snitch, Rockettes insiders believe they may have thrown out the baby with the bath water in 2014 and that some of the routines could be used for the summer show.
“There’s a number with cell phones they’re thinking about bringing back,” we’re told. “People who saw it really liked it. The dancers danced around and the glow from their phones lit the stage.”
We’re also assured that tourists who’ve already made plans to see this year’s Christmas Spectacular, which opens Nov. 13, needn’t worry about this latest development.
“The Christmas show won’t have any big changes,” we’re told. “There’s no need for shakeups there.”