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A Tour behind the Scenes of Radio City Music Hall

A Tour behind the Scenes of Radio City Music Hall

New York City is a famously a city that never sleeps. Its theatres, cinemas, music halls and opera are legendary throughout the world. One of the most famous venues in the city is the Radio City Music Hall, where some of the world’s best known entertainers and artists have performed over the years. The famous venue is located in the Rockefeller Center at 6th Avenue, between 50th and 51st Street.

The Stage Door Tour shows visitors what the theatre, corridors and guest lounges look like, and the guide entertains with anecdotes and interesting snippets about the stars who performed at the theatre, timeless stars like Katherine Hepburn, Judy Garland, Alfred Hitchcock, Vincente Minnelli or Cary Grant.

At 144 feet width and a depth of 66.6 feet the Great Stage is one of the world’s largest indoor performance venues and, after extensive renovation works completed in 1999, the Radio City Music Hall was not just restored to its former Art Deco Palace beauty, the original hydraulics of the stage, which were installed in 1932, worked smoothly once again. The spectacular Wurlitzer Organ is one of the highlights of the tour, as are the four elevators, used during the Christmas Spectacular to transport the orchestra from the front of the stage to its very top to the delight of the audience.

The Stage Door Tour costs USD 19.95 per adult ticket and children under the age of 12 pay USD 15.00, as do senior citizens over the age of 62. The tour takes one hour and visitors have the chance to meet an actual Rockette, one of the artists performing at the legendary Christmas shows every year. There’s even a photo opportunity for those who cannot resist having their picture taken in a Radio Music Hall line up of Rockette beauties!

The Art Deco Tour allows visitors insight into the interior designer Donald Deskey’s vision for the Radio City Music Hall that made it into the spectacular Art Deco Palace it is today. Tickets for tours are only available on 6th Avenue at the Radio City Sweets and Gifts shop, located between 50th and 51st Streets. Tours are conducted Mondays to Sundays from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm, except on days when theatre performances are taking place.

The original “new” Art Deco furnishings were painstakingly restored to their 1932 elegance in all the public spaces and visitor lounges, where some important American artists also display their works. The Roxy Suite at the Music Hall is one of the few remaining parts of the theatre that shows Donald Deskey’s original designs still unaltered.

How to get there: The AirTrain from Terminal 4 at John F Kennedy Airport connects with the NYC subway service and the main Bus Terminal as well as Grand Central Station and Penn Station on a half hourly service (for more information on travelling times, please visit www.NYCAirporter.com). Several suppliers of car hire rentals have their service desks at John F Kennedy Airport, too (the journey is around 16 miles).

The Rockefeller Center is located at 1260 6th Avenue and the main entrance is at the Avenue of the Americas and West 50th Street. Subway trains B, D, F and V to 47th/50th Street/Rockefeller Center. Buses M5, M6, M7 and M27/M50 all go to the Rockefeller Center.

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