The famous Rockettes Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall has been canceled. The cancelation is due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and is the first cancelation in the venue’s 87-year history.
Radio City Music Hall’s Statement
Madison Square Garden Entertainment runs the event at Radio City Music Hall, made the announcement.”We regret that the 2020 production of the ‘Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes’ has been canceled,” it read. “The reasoning is due to the “uncertainty associated with the Covid-19 pandemic.”
The company shared their disappointment in having to cancel the season’s show. Overall, the event brought in over 75 million visitors who watched the iconic performance.
“This was a difficult decision for both companies, as we know that our success rests on the strength of our people, who consistently set the industry standard for excellence and professionalism,” a representative told The New York Post. They shared that they are currently pursuing solutions that will allow them to open their doors once again. Their goal is to bring in as many of their furloughed employees as quickly as they can. The first Christmas Spectacular took place in 1933. The holiday event had up to four shows a day at the historic music venue.
The Rockettes’ Reactions
Some of the Rockette dancers shared their reactions to the saddening news on their social media accounts.
Additionally, the official Rockettes account shared the grim news on their social media accounts. They confirmed that those who purchased tickets will be refunded at the points of purchase.
Additionally, Sam Berger, who has been dancing with the elite group for fifteen seasons, shared her disappointment. “Christmas has officially been canceled,” she wrote. She also shared a photo of her dressed in a Christmas costume from last year. She asked her followers to wear a face mask to prevent the spread of the virus.