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Rockettes cancel annual Christmas Spectacular early due to COVID-19

by: Sarah Vasile, Nexstar Media Wire

Posted: Dec 18, 2021 / 08:12 PM EST
/ Updated: Dec 18, 2021 / 08:12 PM EST

In this Monday, Nov. 25, 2019 photograph, Rockette Sydney Mesher, sixth from left, dances throughout a efficiency of the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Mesher, who was born with out a left hand due to the uncommon congenital situation symbrachydactyly, is the primary individual with a visual incapacity ever employed by New York’s famed Radio City Rockettes. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)


NEW YORK (WPIX) — The well-known Rockettes are kicking the remainder of their season to the curb. MSG Entertainment introduced Friday that “The Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes” will forgo the remainder of its season due to “increasing challenges from the pandemic.”

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“We had hoped we could make it through the season and are honored to have hosted hundreds of thousands of fans at more than 100 shows over the last seven weeks,” MSG Entertainment stated in an announcement. “We have loved bringing back this cherished tradition that helps usher in the holiday season in New York City and look forward to welcoming fans back to Radio City Music Hall in 2022.”

This yr’s present started on November 5 and was set to run till January 2, 2022. The “Christmas Spectacular” is a vacation staple in New York City. Known for his or her iconic kick line, the Rockettes have introduced Christmas cheer to New Yorkers and vacationers from everywhere in the world for the reason that Nineteen Thirties. COVID-19 compelled the Rockettes to cancel 2020’s “Christmas Spectacular” for the first time in the show’s history.


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