|The beloved "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" portion of the show.|
|Sixth Avenue @ 6 P.M. Photo by Figgy.|
Radio City and the Rockettes have been around nearly forever, and I like that we're a part of their history.
Can you see us there, sitting elbow to elbow? My big sister, wearing her holiday pin and cute short auburn haircut; my niece Leah, in cherry-red shirt and blue blaid Burberry scarf, with swinging, healthy hair; Fig, 17, in red Gap parka, ponytail and boots, wonder in her eyes despite her growing cynicism; and me, with the angel pin Sis gave me in 2001 pinned to my sweater.
An interlude @ the Christmas Spectacular tonight, narrated by Santa, was "85 Years of Style," a look at some of the Rockettes' costumes since the start, shown on one model at a time. Loved the feathery 1920s/30s flapper-esque look....the black and white 1950s one, in the era when TV was coming in....the space-age 1960s design....the glitzy, Cher-type Bob Mackie one from the 1980s, when everything was over the top....
I'm a bit tired to write too much, but my favorite of the 14 scenes this year were:
- Scene 5, Parade of the Wooden Soliders. Always steals the show--the Rockettes line up and collapse like a deck of cards.
- Scene 6, New York at Christmas. So pretty and cheery.
- Scene 8, Here Comes Santa Claus. The multiplying, dancing Santas--winning and winsome.
- Scene 13, The Living Nativity. The camels, the opulent Wise Men, the star above the humble manger, the Christmas story.
- Private Benjamin with H.
- Walked Sug around block and walked in NYC with Fig.