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Encore for Radio City

It opened in 1932 as a part of Rockefeller Center, an art deco masterpiece in the middle of Manhattan. It was closed earlier this year for seven months for a $70 million restoration, its first ever.

Now Radio City Music Hall, which some have called the Showplace of the Nation, is open again, and NBC will broadcast the ceremonies, taped in October, on Saturday, Dec. 18, from 10 to 11 p.m.

In its early days, Radio City Music Hall was a first-run movie house, where daily screenings were interspersed with the Music Hall's own stage shows, featuring the world-famous Rockettes. But in the early 1970s, the Music Hall dropped movies and focused exclusively on stage productions.

The restoration included installation of 5,901 new seats reproduced by the original manufacturer in the original colors. The facility's art deco murals were restored, and the carpeting and wall coverings were replaced with patterns based on the original designs. There's also a new 2-ton curtain, and 700,000 square feet of gold-colored leafing was applied to the ceiling.

Featured in the TV special will be Billy Crystal, Liza Minnelli, Jon Stewart, Sting, Christian Slater, Tom Brokaw, Barry Bostwick, Shirley Jones, Ann Miller, and, of course, the Radio City Rockettes.

Also included are highlights of some of the luminaries who have appeared on the historic stage from the Music Hall's archives.

But the real star will be the building itself, with its signature sunrise proscenium arch and the 4,178-pipe mighty Wurlitzer organs — all restored, re-fitted and polished to its glorious original


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