Different points of view from Boston reviewers. From Louise Kennedy in the Boston Globe:
From Radio City, jingle bell schlockMore from the Globe
After nearly two hours of a garish, gaudy salute to the cheesiest and most commercial aspects of the season, the show suddenly goes all goopy and pious with a living Nativity scene. ... It would be funny if it weren’t such a blatant attempt to make this schlockfest of a show look as if it’s trying to be sincere about Christmas.
And from Lauren Beckham Falcone in the Boston Herald:
Rockettes keep crowds on mistle-toesMore from the Herald
The kicks were high and the kitsch factor even higher, but The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is a perfect holiday treat, full of song, dance and Santa.
Last night’s two-hour season premiere kept audiences on their toes, from the opening number featuring Santa and his Rockette reindeer to the world-famous closing “Living Nativity,” complete with three sheep, two camels and a donkey.