New York Spring Spectacular OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    March 26, 2015
    Closing:
    May 3, 2015

    Theater: Radio City Music Hall / 1260 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10020

    Synopsis: 

    "New York Spring Spectacular" tells the story of three New Yorkers: an old-fashioned NYC tour guide, a techie who wants to turn the tours into a virtual reality wonderland and a determined young man with a secret agenda of his own. Set to a score of original tunes and classic hits, the three change each other’s lives in unexpected ways and learn that the charm of the Big Apple is timeless.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF New York Spring Spectacular

    ‘New York Spring Spectacular’ Barrels Into Radio City

    Charles Isherwood

    March 26, 2015: Well, at least the Rockettes get to take the final bow. Those glamorous chorines, with their skyscraper legs flapping away, are a New York institution worth cherishing. So the prospect of a few more weeks of work for the hard-working, high-kicking women in the line makes you want to root for the “New York Spring Spectacular,” a lavish new tourist-baiting entertainment being presented at Radio City Music Hall, itself another cherished city institution. When those beautifully poised women with lithe legs and supersize smiles came forward for their final bow, I was as pleased as anyone else to pay them their due. Sadly, little else in this gaudy orgy of civic hype made me smile. On the contrary, this numbingly overblown 90-minute infomercial for the city that never sleeps threatened to send me into a waking coma. Imagine having the Empire State Building stuffed down your gullet, floor by floor, and you’ll get some sense of this production’s relentless promotional fervor. Aside from a few brief appearances by the Easter bunny, and a finale set to Irving Berlin’s “Easter Parade,” the titular season doesn't feature very prominently in the show, which is probably just as well, since spring doesn't seem to be grabbing the spotlight too vigorously itself this year in New York.

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