Theatre Community Reacts to Rockettes Inauguration Announcement | Playbill

News Theatre Community Reacts to Rockettes Inauguration Announcement Broadway took to Twitter after learning that the Rockettes would perform for President-Elect Donald Trump.
The Radio City Rockettes Carl Scheffel/MSG Photos

Following the December 22 announcement that the Radio City Rockettes will participate in inauguration festivities in Washington, D.C., for President-Elect Donald Trump, the theatre community shared their thoughts on Twitter.

“The Radio City Rockettes, an original American brand, have performed at Radio City Music Hall since 1932 and, as treasured American icons, have taken part in some of the nation’s most illustrious events such as Super Bowl halftime shows, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parades and presidential inaugurations, including in 2001 and 2005,” said James L. Dolan, executive chairman of The Madison Square Garden Company, in a statement. “We are honored that the Rockettes have again been asked to perform in the upcoming inauguration festivities.”

Update: MSG management released a statement December 23, clarifying the situation and doubling down on its decision to participate in the inauguration. It reads: “The Radio City Rockettes are proud to participate in the 58th Presidential Inaugural. For a Rockette to be considered for an event, they must voluntarily sign up and are never told they have to perform at a particular event, including the inaugural. It is always their choice. In fact, for the coming inauguration, we had more Rockettes request to participate than we have slots available. We eagerly await the inaugural celebrations.”

Read how Broadway reacted below. will continue to update.


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