There’s only one show this season that is “Spectacular” enough to bring together the likes of Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Whoopi Goldberg, Henrik Lundqvist, Martha Stewart and Donald Trump.
The “New York Spring Spectacular” — now in previews and opening on March 26 at Radio City Music Hall — is an ambitious undertaking that pulls in massive puppets, a slew of guest stars, a couple Tony winners, intricate technical effects and the Rockettes. The show even opens with a musical number set to the song “Welcome to New York” by New York City Global Welcome Ambassador Taylor Swift.
“It’s a lot of layers,” says director and choreographer Warren Carlyle, a Tony and Drama Desk award-winner. “On Broadway, they have two layers, and here at Radio City, we have 15 layers. It’s just a lot of things and all of it so creative and so imaginative.
“It’s really, really on a scale I’ve never worked on before.”
Technically, the family-friendly production, coproduced by MSG Entertainment and Weinstein Live Entertainment, is a marvel. There is a 3-D LED wall allowing for visual effects, a kite that can fly over the audience and the aforementioned puppets. The Statue of Liberty puppet, voiced by Goldberg, clocks in at 26-feet tall and weighs in at 1,760 pounds. Lady Liberty is operated using motors — there are 20 just in her face — and puppeteers who help bring her to life.