About Heart and Lights
Fans of the Rockettes, New York’s most storied precision dance troupe, are in luck: this spring the high-stepping, tap-dancing, sequin-flashing Rockettes roll out Heart and Lights, an all-new live production at Radio City Music Hall.
Heart and Lights, described by choreographer and director Linda Haberman as “a love letter to this great city,” was written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Doug Wright. This innovative new production tells the story of two cousins as they journey through New York City past and present and uncover their grandmother’s early life. What unfolds is a “down-the-rabbit hole” experience starring the Rockettes and plenty of exciting new technology. In this wildly innovative new production, which captures “the energy and passion of New York”, according to Haberman, the cousins start their journey on an underground 3-D subway ride, and rocket through the remainder of their adventure supported by animatronics (including a 26-foot tall Statue of Liberty), puppetry, GPS elements that leap off the stage into the crowd and of course, the Rockettes like you’ve never seen them before.
Heart and Lights takes the traditional Rockettes style and blasts it into the future, allowing the troupe to break away from the kickline and showcase their athleticism and artistry through multiple dance styles, including jazz, ballet, and modern dance, with numbers choreographed to a combination of original music and popular songs from the last 50 years. Heart and Lights sees the Rockettes performing on a 20-foot steel truss, in LED-jackets working in tandem with an on-stage, 40-foot LED screen, and reinterpreting one of the most beloved numbers from the Christmas Spectacular, the amazing precision feat that is “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers.” Radio City Music Hall is the largest indoor theater in the world, and the perfect setting in which to see the Rockettes on their home turf in a show that embraces and celebrates both the magic of live theater and what it takes to make it in New York City.
One hour and 30 minutes (no intermission)
Heart and Lights begins is a limited five-week engagement with previews on March 27, 2014. The show officially opens April 3 and runs through May 4, 2014.
Did you know?
The Rockettes were “born” in 1925, when choreographer Russell Markert formed a stylized dance company known as “The Missouri Rockets.” They subsequently became known as the “Roxyettes” when they moved to New York City’s Roxy Theater, and have performed out of Radio City Music Hall as the Rockettes since its opening in 1932.
Back in 1936, the height range was just 5’3” to 5’6”. Today, women wishing to audition for the Rockettes must be between 5’6” and 5’10 ½” tall. Rockettes are lined up from shortest (at the ends of the line) to tallest (in the middle) which from the stage creates the illusion that they are all the same height.
This show is perfect for locals or those visiting New York City who wish to see a Broadway song and dance spectacle featuring an iconic dance troupe, yet still thoroughly updated for the millennium with lots of technological bells and whistles. For fans of the Rockettes, this show is a must-see, or for anyone wanting to take in a New York-themed production. This show is also perfect for families with older children looking to spend a memorable day out in the city.
Good for kids?
Older children will love this dazzling, high-energy show, and are sure to be especially delighted by the 3-D effects, elaborate animatronics and GPS elements. Though children under two are admitted free, this does not include a seat.
Radio City Music Hall Location Information:
1260 6th Ave.
New York, NY 10020
B, D, F, M to 47-50 Sts../Rockefeller Center; E, M to 5 Ave/53rd St.; 1 to 50th St.