I’ve tried to get this post up all day but there was the small issue of having to actually write it, get all of my pictures in order and “edit” some video footage. Then, of course, being at work didn’t help. And we all know it’s Tuesday and the Mindy finale was on (OMG. just OMG.) so naturally, I couldn’t do anything for the hour leading up to it and then I apparently needed an hour to get myself together. So, it will probably be Thursday before this goes up. I know you don’t care about specifics. I’m just annoyed at myself for not having a schedule and being all over the place. Let’s just say this whole ramble was for accountability or something.
Anyway, this is going to be a fun post. Spectacular, if you will.
This past Sunday I had a girl’s night out at the Radio City Spring Spectacular. And that it was. First of all, Derek Hough, of Dancing with the Stars fame, is in it. I love him on DWTS and I wasn’t going to pass up an opportunity to see an Emmy Award winning dancer on stage, in person. He didn’t disappoint. I mean between the singing, the dancing and the acting, the boy has skillz (to pay the billz). And he’s adorable, which is always welcomed.
When we walked in to the lobby we all got wristbands and were told that they were part of the show and to wear them like a watch. Our party all met up and we went to our seats. It turns out that mine was the aisle seat which made me so happy because it would be able to document. I should say before I insert any pictures, the seats we had for the Christmas Spectacular were better for pictures because we were closer. Unfortunately, these came out blurry or the lights were too bright, but the sets were so amazing I figured something was better than nothing. Also, I have this problem where I feel the need to document whatever I can at these things so I can have them forever. I’m trying to control this because I’m realizing more and more that I should really just be in the moment. I realize now that I missing so much while I worry about preserving memories. But that’s another post.
So, now we’re all seated and the lights go down and all of a sudden Derek is on stage. He’s Jake, an angel sent by God (Whoopi Goldberg) to New York to help save Bernie’s tour company. If he succeeds, he gets his wings! Bernie’s tour company is being taken over by Jenna (Laura Bernanti – amazing), who wants to make everything virtual. So Bernie, Jake, Jenna and Co. go on a tour of New York.
After the Rockettes do their opening number to Taylor Swift’s “Welcome to New York” (already, I’m hooked), Bernie starts off with a small history lesson about how Henry Hudson got lost on his way to China and found himself on what we all know and love today as New York island. Then we find ourselves at the Met. We also find out that Jake has magical powers. Powers that make paintings and statues come to life. And make our bracelets light up, which will come in handy later.
Bernie has two adorable grandchildren that join us for part of the tour. My favorite was the little girl who would not accept Jenna’s business card but wanted her Twitter handle instead. kids, i tell you.
While in Central Park, it started to rain. Literally, right on stage. I’ve seen Disney shows before, which are filled with that Disney magic, but this was right up there. Jenna’s assistant was also a master tap dancer and what else do you do in the rain but a full tap number? He was really great though. Like, Savion Glover good. (for the kids born after 1995, Google him.) As an avid watcher of DWTS, I know that Derek names Fred Astaire as one of his idols (and did an amazing tribute last season with Bethany Mota) so I wanted to get him dancing on the light pole on video but I got caught. Actually, I was going to take a picture, which is allowed, but the usher thought I was videoing, which isn’t. I was videoing, just not at that moment. There was also a moment during that number where one of the Rockettes fell on stage. I felt so bad. Here you are, in front of 6,000 people, and all of a sudden you’re on the floor. As bad as it sounds, I wish I had gotten that on video because she was a trooper. She fell but never broke stride. It’s almost a metaphor for life. It doesn’t matter who or where you are, if you fall just get back up and keep moving because the show must go on. Sounds good, no?
While the rain cleared (ha!) they showed a montage of movies made in New York. Well. I got emotional. It wasn’t meant to be a tearjerker or anything. On the way home, as we rode past the Empire State Building, my mom, my aunt and my cousin’s girlfriend were talking about the show and how great it was.
Me: Call me crazy, but I got emotional with the movie montage.
My aunt: Yea. It’s a sense of pride. There are movies and television shows set here. Songs written about it. I mean, nobody writes songs about Florida.
When the stage was dry, Bernie and Co. were back at Madison Square Garden. Bernie was not the best hockey, basketball or football player but he managed to hit a grand slam at Yankee Stadium. They had lots of cameos cheering Bernie on. Henrik Lundqvist, Mariano Rivera, Joe Girardi, Walt Frazier, Kelly Ripa, Victor Cruz, Odell Beckham Jr, 50 Cent. There was a point where Jake was dancing at the bottom of my aisle and I was convinced he was going to run up it. Don’t worry, friends. I was ready if he did. I was going to say “I love you, Derek” when he passed me. I’m sure he would have given me and my group backstage passes to meet Jenna and Bernie and a few Rockettes. Take a couple of pictures and wish him luck on DWTS. Him and I could have hit it off. He didn’t run up though so I guess we’ll never know.
Jenna, at this point, was tired of all of the cultural sights so she took us to Fashion Week. They wore Zac Posen, DVF, and Isaac Mizrahi dresses. They also wore jackets that lit up. Our bracelets were also going nuts, thanks to Jake’s magic. It was really something to see. I would love one of those light up jackets so whoever could hook me up, that would be great.
After Fashion Week, we went to the New York Public Library, which was my favorite part. We met the lions who sit outside. They’re known as Patience and Fortitude, but also go by Tina and Amy, as in Fey and Poehler. I love those two together. My favorite line was:
Amy: I don’t know what ‘fortitude’ means
Tina: ‘Patience’ means beauty. The most beautiful.
I guess you had to be there. All I know is, I would happily be the third wheel of that friendship. They’re great.
I think at this point Jenna and Jake came into the audience because Bernie was quizzing us. They called on two people, one named Sal and the other Joanne (I believe). Laura even broke character to tell us that her parent’s names are Sal and Joanne so she loved them already. The third person they called on might have been planted because he was asked to sing “New York, New York” and he was actually really good. “Jenna” seemed wayy too excited for this guy so I’m thinking Laura may have been genuinely surprised. This is also where Jenna and Jake realize they like each other so that’s why I think this guy was planted, to make sure the show kept moving, you know?
Now we’re at the top of the Empire State Building, where Derek looks good in a white dinner jacket and sounds great singing one of my personal favorites, “The Way You Look Tonight”. By now, my mom was crying because this part was pretty emotional. I’ll just leave it at that since I’ve given every other detail of the show.
Finally, they head to the Statue of Liberty (also Whoopi Goldberg) and that’s all I’ll say. The Rockettes are celebrating 80 years this year, which warrants super sparkly costumes and they did not disappoint. in my next life, i’m going to be a rockette.
Here’s the video I “edited”. It’s all of the clips I was able to get before I got caught. Again, sorry for the quality.
And that’s about it. After the show we had dinner at Juniors, which was delicious. I recommend the “Something Different” and a slice of cherry cheesecake.
Sorry this was so long. The show was really that good. It’s a limited run but if you could get tickets, GET THEM AND GO!
Woof. This was a long one. Thanks for making it all the way to the end!
Before I sign off, I did a bit of redecorating! Do you like it? I’m still working on a few things, but I’m liking it so far.