City Music Hall” by Paul McGehee. The art-deco masterpiece of the
entertainment world, located in the heart of New York City as part of
Rockefeller Center, first opened its doors to the public in December of
1932. Originally four theatres were scheduled to be built in the
complex, on ground first planned to be for the Metropolitan Opera
House, but only the International Music Hall figured in the final
result. As the Radio Corporation of America, RCA, was an early tenant
of the complex, the Music Hall was soon being referred to as "Radio
City", and by the late 1930's officially became Radio City Music Hall.
An opulent theatre with seating for close to 6,000 patrons to view its
giant stage and movie screen, Radio City Music Hall also houses two
mighty Wurlitzer theatre organs, one of which is the largest one ever
made by the company. Radio City is the home to the Rockettes, a
well-choreographed precision dance troupe of high-kicking ladies,
famous in particular for their appearances in the annual Christmas
Spectacular as a line of wind-up toy soldiers. It has not always been
smooth sailing for Radio City financially through the years, but it is
now considered a national treasure and hosts not only its stage
productions but concerts, television award shows and sports events.
Radio City is definitely worth a visit to catch a show during your next
trip to NYC.
“Radio City Music Hall” is faithfully reproduced as an archival-quality print from
McGehee's original color pencil and acrylic artwork, each hand-signed
by the artist.