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Rockettes in December

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Rockettes in December

Getting ready to purchase tickets for the Rockettes Christmas Show and want the best view without breaking the bank. Hard to tell from the seating diagram which ones are best. Help would be appreciated

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1. Re: Rockettes in December

For your budget what are your options?

Syracuse, New York
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2. Re: Rockettes in December

Go to the website View From My Seat to see photos taken from various perspectives.

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3. Re: Rockettes in December

Radio City is a great venue for a show, I don't think there is a bad seat in there.

For me, I enjoy being in the center orchestra, as close to the stage as possible, but that's me.

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If you want to see the overall choreography of the Rockettes with their dancing formations, a seat further back might be better, such as the First Mezzanine. To see up close and the costumes, somewhere closer to the front in the Orchestra is optimal.

And note, the rake of the seats in Radio City Music Hall is quite shallow so if you are short and have a tall person in front of you you might be leaning to see around them.

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I have seen the show twice.

The first time I sat in the middle area in the Orchestra - not right at the front, maybe 1/3-1/2 back from memory. Great. Got a great view of the overall choreography from there.

The second time I was higher up, second mezz from memory and further to the side too. It was too far away and lots of people in that area were not concentrating on the show. The 'highlight' was the mum behind me who decided to read a book to her distracted kid to keep her quiet. Seriously!! Take the kid outside.

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I have only seen it from orchestra, usually a third of the way or so back. I agree front mezzanine could be good from standpoint of choreography; in ballet the best (and often most expensive) seats in the house are considered to be one level up. However, if you have any youngsters with you, also take their ability to see into account.

Edited: 03 November 2021, 15:49
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I've been to the show every year for the past 10 years (except 2020) and have sat in many locations. In my experience, the best bang for your buck/view is Orchestra 2,3,5 or 6 and in any row before K (to avoid the overhang). The show incorporates a lot of lighting on the ceiling and the overhang obstructs the view in Orchestra and you will miss out on that experience.

Also, dont pay full price, there are tons of discounts out there, just may need to play around with different codes until one is applicable for your dates but you can usually find some that will work for you. The best thing to do is to wait until you are in NYC to purchase directly from the box office to avoid the ticketmaster fees. It is rare that this show sells out (if ever) since there are multiple performances daily. Its never happened when I've gone, which is always in December. I have been as early as the first week of December and as late as the week of Christmas and still never sold out. Hope this helps!

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It is not a reason not to go, but I was surprised to read that this show does not have quite as severe Covid rules as Broadway and Lincoln Center. This is partly because the show has about 1,000 employees and they don't (presumably) want to do testing for that many people. But as a performing arts retiree, and active theatergoer, I do not approve of their penny-pinching decision.

I'm not trying to stab them in the back. I mention this because mask-compliance and rule-following is relatively strong in New York City, and I just wanted to report a case where this is less so, as a matter of accuracy. I went to a Broadway musical last night. And I went to the Met Opera when they were still excluding performers under 12-years old, because they could not be vaccinated.


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