This past Sunday, The Rockettes performed their Holiday Spectacular at the Benedum Center in the Cultural District of Pittsburgh. The Benedum is a gorgeous old building, full of opulent splendor – sparkling crystal chandeliers, gilded molding and arches, sweeping stairways, regal tapestries, and somehow, it always smells like freshly-baked cookies! I took my seat just minutes before the performance, and waited for the lights to go down and the band to strike up. Although I initially wasn’t too keen on attending, I now must admit that I walked away a little merrier…
The opening sequence featured an abundance of glittering garments, choreographed high-kicks, and a whole lotta green and red. The dancers were fantastic, and while all the scenes were fabulous, there were two that really stood out!
“The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” has been a part of the Rockette’s holiday show since 1933. The number is based on military marching, features the ladies in elaborate toy soldier costumes, complete with tall, black, tasseled hats, and ends in a fantastic finale during which the “soldiers” fall like dominoes, collapsing into one another in slow-motion. The amount of precision that maneuver must take boggles my mind!
My other favorite scene took place inside “Santa’s Workshop”. The Rockettes performed as various “toys,” including robots and dolls, but three ladies dressed as poinsettia flowers stole the spotlight. Their costumes were show-stopping – floor-length mermaid gowns, shimmering with green sequins from toes to neck, and finished with a crown of twinkling red flower petals. I was just as in awe of the costumes as I was of the dazzling dance display.
So, what have I taken with me from the Rockette’s performance? Well, I’ll never be capable of dancing like that, for one. And two, you can never have enough sequins on a holiday ensemble! Lately, I’m finding myself inexplicably drawn to the S-equined Stunner Dress. And you know what? I may even pair it with the Sequin-tially Essential Leggings and the 24 Karat Heels. It may be a super sparkly look that’s not for the faint of heart, but for a Rockette, it’s barely an hour’s worth of glitz and glamor!