About Radio City Stage Door Tour
During the Radio City Stage Door Tour, guests go behind the scenes of New York City’s iconic Radio City Music Hall to learn about its history, exquisite Art Deco architecture and the secrets of the “Great Stage.” Plus, visitors can take advantage of a fun photo opportunity to high-kick in step with a Radio City Rockette.
A friendly, knowledgeable tour guide welcomes visitors into the venue’s art deco lobby adorned with enormous jeweled chandeliers, golden doors and a majestic staircase. The tour takes guests back to 1932 when Radio City, the first building in the Rockefeller Center complex, opened as the world’s largest indoor theater (at the time) and daily presented the Rockettes and other live acts in between movies. Guests hear fascinating stories about the building’s stunning murals, nude aluminum statues (that were once taboo) as well as the intriguing justification for how the ladies’ and gentlemen’s bathrooms and lounges were decorated.
Inside the theater, visitors view the massive stage that stretches an entire city block (from 50th to 51st Streets) and learn how it gets raised and lowered by its original hydraulic system. On the top floor, guests view a short film inside the former private apartment of Radio City Music Hall’s innovator and theatrical impresario, the late S.L. “Roxy” Rothafel. Framed posters of famed Radio City acts line the corridors, including Prince, Elton John, Justin Timberlake and Bette Midler, who broke a Radio City record in 1993 by selling out 30 shows.
The highlight of the tour is meeting a Radio City Rockette. Clad in sequins and dance shoes, one of the renowned dancers is available for a short question and answer session. Photos of you and a Rockette are available for purchase at the end of the tour. Visitors learn what it takes to be a Rockette, including their height requirements (between 5'6" and 5’10½") and the eight costume changes that take place during the annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
Outside food or drinks must remain inside guests’ bags. Cameras are allowed, but video cameras and mobile phones are not permitted on the tour.
Did you know?
On January 11, 1933, the first feature film to screen at Radio City was “The Bitter Tea of General Yen” starring Barbara Stanwyck, Nils Asther and Walter Connolly, and directed by Frank Capra.
It cost approximately $8 million to build Radio City Music Hall in 1932.
In April 1978, Radio City Music Hall received landmark status.
Every year, more than one million people see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular during its eight-week run.
One hour walking tour.
Art deco devotees will love Radio City Music Hall’s divine décor and brilliant architecture. For those with a love of theater, dance, music and its myriad sound and stage mechanics, the Radio City Stage Door is an essential New York City tour.
Good for kids?
Older children and teens, particularly those with a love for dancing or performing, will enjoy learning about Radio City’s high-tech stage and meeting a Radio City Rockette. Younger children may find it difficult to absorb the rapid-fire information presented by the tour guide.
Radio City Music Hall Location Information:
1260 6th Ave.
New York, NY 10020
B, D, F, M to 47th – 50th Sts./Rockefeller; E, M to 5 Ave./53rd St.; 1 to 50th St.