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December 19, 1998
The Grinch is alive and writing under the name of Don Shirley for the L.A. Times ("Rockettes: Just Kicking Around," Dec. 12). Only someone with such a mean disposition could have so belittled the charming and captivating "Radio City Christmas Spectacular." ANN T. RATTO Woodland Hills Don Shirley, a.k.a. Mr. Scrooge, do you have a leg fetish? The Rockettes dancing in unison with perfect kicks and perfect smiles is the way it is supposed to be. The "Christmas Spectacular" at the Universal Amphitheatre is first-rate in every way. I saw the NYC show in 1996, and this production is every bit as good.
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NATIONAL
August 22, 2002 | From Associated Press
The owners of Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday agreed on a three-year contract with the union that represents its signature dancers, the high-kicking Rockettes. Negotiations broke down eight days ago over Radio City Entertainment's attempt to use open auditions rather than guaranteeing positions to veteran dancers. The contract gives 41 veteran Rockettes buyouts ranging from $27,000 to $120,000.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2010 | By Ramie Becker, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Holiday time means a whole lotta "Nutcracker" around L.A., but it's not all exactly what you'd expect. Besides the tried-and-true versions, there's a hot chocolate "Nutcracker," a swing "Nutcracker," a marionette version and more ? plus great shows from the Radio City Rockettes, the county's 51st annual holiday celebration, film screenings and more. The following list should help you get out with the kids to see some live entertainment. Debbie Allen's Hot Chocolate Nutcracker Debbie Allen's "Hot Chocolate Nutcracker" offers plenty to satisfy that sweet tooth ?
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 1998
In "The Few, the Proud, the Rockettes" (Dec. 6), Jennifer Fisher mentions all of the similarities of the West Coast version of the "Radio City Christmas Spectacular" to "the mother show in New York" (ice-skaters, dancing and singing chorus, Santa, elves, etc.). But what is not like the New York production is the music. The show in New York has a 35-piece orchestra, while L.A. has a tape recorder. For shame! SHELDON SANOV Valley Village Critic Anna Kisselgoff may have said in 1978 that the secret of the Rockettes was their "lack of sex appeal," but as a kid who practically grew up at the Radio City Music Hall (my mother, Dolores Pallet, worked there for over 30 years)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 1987 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, Times Staff Writer
NEEDED: 88 piano players to perform at half time of Super Bowl XXII in San Diego on Jan. 31. Must be unflappable, because members of the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes will dance on top of the baby grand pianos while they're being played. Must be able to tickle the ivories with feeling and conviction and flair, even in a driving rain. Can't be intimidated by the knowledge that 185 million people will be watching on televisions around the globe.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 1988
I would like to correct your item about the Rockettes in Morning Report (Dec. 28). I was a Rockette during the '40s, and we were not allowed to get tanned because any variation drew the audiences' attention from the line as a whole to that individual girl. Unfortunately, a precision line has to be all one color of skin as well as costumes. Russell Markert, the Rockettes' founder, would be surprised to learn that he died in 1962. He is still very much alive, and I think you owe him an apology.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 2000
Irma Bowker, 89, one of the original Radio City Music Hall Rockettes. Bowker performed with a precision dance troupe first called the Russell Markert Dancers and later the Roxyettes when it danced in New York City's Roxy Theater. The name eventually evolved into the Rockettes after the troupe made its debut at the famous Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan's Rockefeller Center when the theater opened in December 1932.
NEWS
March 12, 1992
Emilia Sherman Maurer, a dancer and choreographer who put the Rockettes through their paces for 40 years. Friends said her age was not reported at her "explicit instructions." Miss Sherman was captain of the Rockettes when they moved to New York's Rockefeller Center in 1932 for the opening of Radio City Music Hall. In addition to serving as a dancer in the chorus line, she drilled the other dancers and choreographed their routines.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2007 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
An exclusive West Coast appearance by New York's Radio City Rockettes plus four touring productions already announced for Los Angeles engagements highlight the Orange County Performing Arts Center's 2007-08 Broadway Series, announced today. First up is "Jersey Boys," the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons (Nov. 13-Dec. 1). The Tony Award-winning musical, originally presented by the La Jolla Playhouse, comes to OCPAC following national tour stops at L.A.'s Ahmanson Theatre (May 25-Aug.
NATIONAL
August 22, 2002 | From Associated Press
The owners of Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday agreed on a three-year contract with the union that represents its signature dancers, the high-kicking Rockettes. Negotiations broke down eight days ago over Radio City Entertainment's attempt to use open auditions rather than guaranteeing positions to veteran dancers. The contract gives 41 veteran Rockettes buyouts ranging from $27,000 to $120,000.
NATIONAL
August 11, 2002 | From Associated Press
A dancers union says the current roster of Rockettes shouldn't be kicked out of Radio City Music Hall. Cablevision Systems Corp., the financially troubled corporate owner of the landmark concert venue, wants to replace the standing roster of Rockettes with a system of open auditions. The dancers with the trademark high-leg kicks have been working without a contract since February. Talks are to resume Monday, said John Hall, a negotiator for the American Guild of Variety Artists.
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May 9, 2002 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Any actor worth his or her salt has a collection of tales from the theatrical trenches, war stories of professional disasters that can only happen in the theater. Mostly, actors regale each other with these tales at social gatherings.
SPORTS
April 21, 2001 | MARK ALAI
Five weeks after straining a biceps muscle, Jeremy Gilbert returned to the lineup and hit two home runs, a sacrifice fly and drove in four runs to lead host Buena Park to a 10-8 victory over Fullerton, Friday in a Freeway League baseball game. With the win, Buena Park (7-11, 5-4) tied Fullerton (7-10, 5-4) for second and both teams now trail first-place Sonora by four games with six remaining. "[Gilbert] really sparked us today," Buena Park Coach Russ McHale said. "He's been taking batting practice for two weeks, but he's actually still going through therapy.
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June 15, 2000
Irma Bowker, 89, one of the original Radio City Music Hall Rockettes. Bowker performed with a precision dance troupe first called the Russell Markert Dancers and later the Roxyettes when it danced in New York City's Roxy Theater. The name eventually evolved into the Rockettes after the troupe made its debut at the famous Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan's Rockefeller Center when the theater opened in December 1932.
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January 13, 1985 | Associated Press
The Rockettes, protesting plans to keep them off Radio City Music Hall's stage for the first summer in 54 years, collected hundreds of signatures Friday from New Yorkers who said they were defending the city's heritage. The management of the Music Hall, however, said they doubted that Disney Productions, which has leased the theater for 10 weeks starting in June, would reverse a decision to exclude the 36 Rockettes from a stage show accompanying the summer premieres of two new movies.
BUSINESS
December 4, 1997 | From Reuters
Cablevision Systems Corp. is buying the company that produces the famous Rockettes shows at New York's landmark Radio City Music Hall, sources close to the companies said Wednesday. "The deal is done," one source said of the transaction, in which Cablevision will acquire Radio City Productions--the company that owns the Rockettes show and has 175 dancers in six cities in the United States. Cablevision, a major cable television operator based in nearby Woodbury, N.Y.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 1999 | VICTORIA LOOSELEAF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Nothing beats a great pair of legs. Unless it's 17 other pairs of gorgeous gams--as sported by those inimitable high-kicking, ever-smiling Rockettes.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 1999
The New York-based Radio City Rockettes will hold an open casting call for dancers and singers May 5 and 7 at the Screenland II Studios, 10501 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. Most spots will be for "The Radio City Christmas Spectacular," which is seen by more than 2 million people each year. Christmas 1999 productions will be staged simultaneously in New York, Mexico City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Branson, Mo., and Myrtle Beach, S.C. The May 5 auditions, at 10 a.m.
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