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Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular - The Greatest Show On Earth

January 1, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia

New York, NY - A week before the annual Radio City Christmas spectacular opens, the venerable Art Deco theatre is largely empty, but it quietly buzzes with preparations. A cloud of snowflakes bursts and swirls on the stage’s video backdrop. A piano ripples from somewhere unseen. Stagehands position a red wood platform with Christmas trees and candy-cane arches, and test how well a sleigh slides. White desks with laptops on them dot the orchestra, interspersed among its red-velvet seats.

Setting Up the Magic: Radio City’s Carpenters

January 1, 2017 
By Leonard Golubchic, LaborPress Entertainment Editor

Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular - The Greatest Show On Earth

How do you get a double-decker bus into the theater at Radio City? Who does the groundwork that enables the audience to enjoy exciting moments during the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, including setting up scenery that’s almost four stories tall? That’s all part of the job for the theater’s 23 carpenters, members of Local 1 of the International Association of Theatrical and Stage Employees.

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