Radio City Rockettes kicks off holiday season with ‘Christmas in August’

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The Radio City Rockettes shut down Sixth Avenue Thursday morning to help spread some Christmas cheer in the middle of August!

The annual “Christmas in August” took place outside of Radio City Music Hall at 11am with the world famous dancing troupe performing one of their numbers from the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, “New York at Christmas,” to kick off the 2017 holiday season.

Santa Claus, who came all the way from the North Pole, made an appearance on top of the music hall’s marquee to help introduce the show-stopping event along with 95.5 PLJ on-air host John Foxx.

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular will run from Nov. 10 through Jan. 1, 2018. Tickets are on sale now. For more information, head over to the Radio City Music Hall box office or rockettes.com/christmas.

Watch the performance below!

Tony Awards 2017

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The 71st Annual Tony Awards, hosted by House of Cards star Kevin Spacey, aired live Sunday night on CBS from Radio City Music Hall.

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Dear Evan Hansen” was the big winner of the evening, earning seven Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical.

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James Earl Jones was honored with the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, receiving a standing ovation from the audience.

Here the complete list of winners, click here.

Watch the opening of the Tony Awards below, which features cameos from Whoppi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, Stephen Colbert and The Rockettes!

World Premiere of ‘The Fate of the Furious’

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The world premiere of The Fate of the Furious was held at Radio City Music Hall on Saturday, April 8.

While I did not have special tickets for the red carpet and meet the cast, I was fortunate enough to have gotten tickets for the general public.

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The line outside the venue was ridiculously long. Although it stated on the ticket to not line up before 5pm, fans were already there beginning at noon. Word on the street was the line stretched 1.5 miles and only 4,000 lucky people would be able to get in. Doors opened a little at around 6pm and I finally made it inside right before 7pm.

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The event finally was underway at 8pm when director F. Gary Gray walked out on stage. Moments later, Vin Diesel walked out, and the crowd went wild!

The actor thanked the fans for coming out to support not just the new film but the franchise in general. He also acknowledged his co-stars and stated that everyone was involved due to his late friend, Paul Walker, and he was thought of everyday on set.

“I just want you to know, there wasn’t a second we made this movie, not a minute … not a day that went by that we weren’t thinking about our brother, Pablo, and how to bring him into the movie and how to represent him and to make something that he will be proud of. Pablo, I hope you are proud tonight.”

Finally it was time to watch Furious 8. I didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as I did (mainly because Paul Walker is no longer here). There’s plenty of action, some surprises, and there’s no doubt that there will be a sequel.

The eighth installment of The Fast and the Furious series opens in theaters on Friday, April 14.