‘New York Spring Spectacular’ Review: New Rockettes Show at Radio City

March 27, 2015 2:01 AM

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‘New York Spring Spectacular’ Review: New Rockettes Show at Radio City

Don’t start spreading the news just yet: Arriving one year late, extensively retooled, and with a surfeit of undeniably impressive stagecraft ($25 million worth), Radio City’s “New York Spring Spectacular” still feels like more of a tourist-trap one-off than a kitsch perennial to rival the music hall’s venerable Christmas show. A gaudy valentine to iconic Manhattan landmarks and cultural institutions, by way of a product reel for producer Harvey Weinstein’s other house brands, this haphazard revue is decidedly more spectacle than spectacular — one best reserved for the great unwashed who keep “I♡NY” T-shirts and coffee mugs flying off the shelves.

When it was first announced in 2013, the now-“Spring Spectacular” was known as “Heart and Lights,” with a book by “I Am My Own Wife” Tony and Pulitzer winner Doug Wright, direction by longtime Rockettes choreographer Linda Haberman and a plot described as being about “two cousins who discover their ...

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