Radio City Rockettes return to Tampa

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been updated with high-tech effects

December 12, 2013 

It's been several years since the Radio City Christmas Spectacular made a stop in Tampa, but it's back this year and the buzz on it is that it's better than ever.

It was already thoroughly enjoyable show, with some scenes aimed at young kids and others designed to appeal to the entire family.

This year's show reportedly keeps all the traditional feeling of the show -- Santa Claus will certainly make his annual appearance -- but it adds some new scenes and costumes, along with some high-tech effects, including a 50-foot LED screen.

But no matter how flashy the show may be, the most impressive feature will doubtless be the Rockettes.

You've no doubt seen them on TV many times, but seeing them perform in person is a totally different experience. They do phenomenally precise and athletic dance and their choreography is, as the shows title says, spectacular.

Even grown-ups who don't have kids and don't care about Christmas ought to enjoy their performance.

Details: Dec. 12-29, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Show times: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, 17, 19; 1 and 8 p.m. Dec. 13; 2, 5 and 8 p.m. Dec. 14; 1, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 and 22; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18; 1, 5 and 8 p.m. Dec. 20; 11 a.m., 5 and 8 p.m. Dec. 21; 3:30 and 7 p.m. Dec. 23, 26-28; 1 p.m. Dec. 24; 1 and 4 p.m. Dec. 29. Tickets: $35-$120 plus service charge. Information: 813-229-7827,

-- Marty Clear

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