Radio City Rockettes Will Stray From the Kick Line in Doug Wright's Heart and Lights, Opening in 2014
By Michael Gioia
MSG Entertainment will launch a new, New York City-themed theatrical production at Radio City Music Hall entitled Heart and Lights, which will star the Rockettes "in a way that audiences have never seen them before." The limited five-week engagement will begin previews March 27, 2014.
Heart and Lights, according to press notes, "celebrates the vibrant, infectious energy of New York City as seen through the eyes of two cousins, who discover their grandmother's surprising past by uncovering the secrets of the city she loved."
The production, helmed by Linda Haberman — director and choreographer of Heart and Lights and the Rockettes — will officially open April 3, 2014, for a run through May 4, 2014. Tickets go on sale Oct. 10.
"We are thrilled to present Heart and Lights, an unparalleled new theatrical production for all ages that will share both the excitement and affection people feel about New York City from iconic places to the experiences and memories," said Melissa Ormond, president of MSG Entertainment in a statement. "Through the exceptional vision of Linda Haberman alongside our talented creative and production teams, the scope and scale of this production will push artistic boundaries like never before with state-of-the-art technology, breathtaking puppetry and awe-inspiring scenes. Audiences will also see the Rockettes extraordinary talents and athleticism in some of their most challenging choreography to date."
The 90-minute show is written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Doug Wright and will feature eight production numbers with dynamically different Rockettes choreography, dazzling costumes and innovative technology including 3D effects, elaborate animatronics and GPS elements. Heart and Lights is set to a soundtrack of original music coupled with songs by some of the most influential musical artists of the past 50 years.
The production will use "groundbreaking technology that will immerse audiences in the magic of live theatre in a way only Radio City can deliver."
"I have lived in New York City for more than 40 years and Heart and Lights is a love letter to this great city," said director Haberman in a statement "This production has been more than five years in the making. Our goal is to capture the energy and passion of New York and put it on the Great Stage of Radio City. The Rockettes shine in their starring role, showcasing dynamic choreography that combines jazz, ballet, modern dance and rhythmic tap, but still retains their signature precision technique. Heart and Lights will articulate the Rockettes' unparalleled artistic range as a dance company."
Heart and Lights follows the adventure of two cousins as they uncover their grandmother's early life in New York City.
Radio City Music Hall is located at 50th Street and Avenue of the Americas. For more information and tickets, call (866) 858-0007 or visit HeartandLights.com.
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