Radio City Christmas Show Gets Tech Overhaul


NEW YORK – This year’s production of the annual Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes has undergone a complete technological overhaul. The entire production has been enhanced with updated technology including a brand new 8K LED wall and, for the first time ever, digital projections that will extend to all eight of Radio City Music Hall’s proscenium arches that will make audiences feel like they are part of the show.

The Christmas Spectacular is owned by Madison Square Garden company and will run from November 10, 2017-January 1, 2018. Ticket prices start at $49 and is a popular show among holiday visitors to the city.

The new content for both the projections and the LED wall for the Christmas show was created by San Francisco design studio Obscura Digital, which is behind the world’s preeminent architectural projections including the Empire State Building graphic light shows for Academy Award-winning director Louis Psihoyos’s film “Racing Extinction.” Additionally, returning this year as designers for several of the Christmas Spectacular‘s iconic scenes is batwin + robin productions, a New York-based multimedia design studio that has re-created and enhanced existing video projection and LED content to utilize Radio City’s new projection system.

Technological enhancements in this year’s Christmas Spectacular include updated graphics in every production number as well as complete visual transformations of scenes such as the energetic tap number, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” “Here Comes Santa Claus,” and the finale number, “Snow.” For the first time ever, all eight of the venue’s iconic proscenium arches will have imagery projected onto them using the most advanced 14K digital mapping technology available. The extension of the digital mapping, which previously covered four arches, will immerse the entire audience in the action – everyone from the orchestra to the last row of the third mezzanine will be immersed in the holiday cheer that the Christmas Spectacular delivers throughout the 90-minute production. Additionally, the LED wall that serves as the backdrop for the Christmas Spectacular has been upgraded and is now one of the largest 8K resolution LED screens in the world.

“Fans will be awed by the updated technology in this year’s Christmas Spectacular,” said Larry Sedwick, senior vice president of production, The Madison Square Garden Company. “We’ve expanded upon the existing projections to create a wholly immersive experience for our fans from the first row to the third mezzanine. It’s truly the most immersive theatergoing experience available in New York and beyond.”

“As content creators, we’ve had the privilege of working on many large scale architectural projections from the Vatican to the Empire State Building to the Sydney Opera House,” said Matty Dowlen, chief of production, Obscura Digital. “We’re honored to now work on something as iconic and beloved as the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes.”