12.20.15: Toy soldiers falling

Falling soldiers

Rockettes dressed as toy soldiers begin to fall during the Christmas show, Radio City Music Hall, New York City. 


Technical information

Nov. 22, 2013,
11:27 a.m.

40°45’36” N,
73°58'47" W
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Canon EOS 7D

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L (35mm) 


1/800th second


Here’s a bit of travel and entertainment advice for you: If you are going to New York City around the holiday season, plan to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall.

I had never considered going because I assumed it was for kids and our kids are grown. But two years ago, after receiving the highest recommendations for the show from a friend in Lexington, Ky., I bought tickets before a November trip to New York and we went.

The Christmas Spectacular was … well … spectacular. And Radio City Music Hall itself was equally as spectacular. It’s an impressive theater.

The 90-minute Christmas Spectacular features singing and dancing to an original music score and a variety of special effects surrounding more than 140 performers, including the Rockettes. The show, first performed in 1933 and updated frequently to remain current, is a holiday tradition in New York City.

I had seen a number of the Rockettes’ dance routines from the show during the dance troupes’ many appearances on the Today Show and other TV programs through the years. But I have to admit it was even more impressive seeing them perform in person. The precision of the routines is incredible.

I have vivid memories of the Rockettes performing the toy soldier routine on television when I was young. Watching them slowly fall like dominoes across the black-and-white TV screen was etched permanently into my brain. 

Watching them live as they slowly fell across the Radio City Music Hall stage brought a smile to my face and triggered fond memories of Christmases past. And that alone was worth the price of admission.

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