Here's a snippet from the New York Times' THEATER section (some 30 years ago):
"STAGE: 'CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR' AT RADIO CITY
By STEPHEN HOLDEN
Published: November 18, 1985
CHRISTMAS in America encompasses so many different images, myths and traditions that any attempt to sum up all of them in a single stage show requires finding a coherent tone and style of presentation.
One of the accomplishments of the Radio City Music Hall's glittering ''Magnificent Christmas Spectacular,'' first created by the producer-director Robert F. Jani in 1979 and subsequently presented each year with revisions and improvements, is that it successfully weaves together visualizations of so many different elements: ''The Twelve Days of Christmas,'' dancing teddy bears, Santa and his elves, the Rockettes as toy soldiers and carnival revelers, ice dancers, ''A Christmas Carol'' and a Nativity pageant.
The show's nine scenes all have the glamorous, semi-formal look and feel of giant, glowing Christmas cards brought to life with narration, song, pageantry and awe-inspiring stage technology.
This season's spectacular boasts a cast of 117, including the 36 Rockettes who have six costume changes, and the large Radio City Music Hall orchestra and chorus, who perform a number of carols and holiday pop tunes.
The 90-minute show, which began its run of 120 performances on Friday, is the Music Hall's first Christmas show ever to use all of the theater's special effects. Multilayered backdrops, a turntable stage and three stage elevators give the production a continuous kinetic flow. As one holiday fantasy disappears, another even more eye-catching vision is materializing. During one production number, ''Christmas in New York,'' a portion of the stage becomes an ice-skating rink on which glide ''living snowmen'' and romantic ice dancers.
The elves who appear in the ''Santa's Workshop'' production number are played by dwarfs, who perform a specially commissioned song, ''They Can't Start Christmas Without Us.'' And this year, the final Nativity pageant, which includes a menagerie of live animals, has been expanded and restaged."
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