Radio City's 2020 Christmas Spectacular Canceled for First Time in 87 Years

The beloved show was scheduled to run from Nov. 6 to Jan. 3


Radio City Music Hall is closing the curtain on this year's production of the Christmas Spectacular due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

On Tuesday, Radio City owner MSG Entertainment announced that the 2020 production of the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes would be canceled for the first time since its debut in 1933.

"We are disappointed for everyone involved with the show, as well as for the many fans who make the Christmas Spectacular a cherished part of their holiday tradition," the company said in a statement.

The beloved show — which has been seen by over 75 million people since it first opened — was scheduled to run this year from Nov. 6 to Jan. 3, according to the production's website.

"All tickets for the 2020 production will be automatically refunded at the point of purchase," the company added.

While fans won't be able to enjoy the Rockette's performance this year, the troupe is already prepared to hit the stage next season.

The Radio City Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall.CR: Dan Niver
Dan Niver
Christmas Spectacular rehearsal
Radio City Rockettes. Carl Scheffel

"We look forward to welcoming audiences back for the 2021 production, which is on sale now," MSG Entertainment added.

According to the New York Post, MSG's decision to cancel the traditional show comes shortly after the company announced that they are planning to lay off 350 people as COVID-19 continues to slam the live performance industry.

Its sister company, MSG Sports, which owns the New York Knicks and the New York Rangers, is also cutting close to 15 percent of its corporate staff.

"This was a difficult decision for both companies, as we know that our success rests on the strength of our people, who consistently set the industry standard for excellence and professionalism,” the company said in a statement, per the Post.

Adding, "While we believe this is a necessary step to protect the long-term future of our businesses, we continue to actively pursue solutions that will allow us to safely reopen our doors, so we’re able to bring as many employees back as quickly as we can, once a return date for live events is established.”

As of the morning of Aug. 4, there have been at least 230,648 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in New York City and more than 23,000 deaths, the New York Times reported.

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