New York Spectacular, a new summer show at Radio City Music Hall that features the Rockettes and some terrific sets, aims to tap into a similar demographic as Broadway, where more than two-thirds of the theatergoers are tourists. But its appeal to tourists is more direct. It’s basically a sightseeing tour of New York.
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In a thin plot, the two children of a family visiting the city get separated from their parents while in the subway, and search for them in all the top tourist spots in the city — Grand Central Terminal, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Wall Street, The New York Public Library, Central Park, Father Duffy Square (and the red steps) at Times Square, the roof of the Empire State Building, and the Statue of Liberty. It’s hokey, sure, but the sets by Patrick Fahey and the video and projection design by Moment Factory are so visually splendid they might make some audience members think it unnecessary to spend the extra time and money to get to the real landmarks.