Aisle View: Spring Spectacular

March 27, 2015 2:46 AM

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Radio City Music Hall has been presenting so-called "Spring Spectaculars" since 1933, four months after the 6,000-seat venue opened during Christmas week of 1932. Through good times and dire--the place practically shuttered altogether in the late 1970s--the Eastertime show has been a marquee attraction. Since the place was reborn in 1979 under the direction of the new Radio City Musical Hall Productions, the Spring Spectacular has been reliably perky, friendly, and leaning towards mass-market bland.

This year, the Music Hall folks--which is to say, Madison Square Garden Entertainment--seem to have gone all out to turn the show into something more. . . well, spectacular. They enlisted Broadway director/choreographer Warren Carlyle (of Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway and A Christmas Story) and wri...

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