For years, I have visited New York, never visiting this major tourist attraction, until now, that is. Was I ever missing much! Inside, the music hall's grand foyer leaves you awe-struck; it makes you feel like you are in a bygone era, a time when going to see a show was THE main form of entertainment. The clerks and ushers all are dressed nicely, the hordes of people crowd around buying the overpriced souvenirs and concessions. The lines to the bathrooms, known as "lounges" are very long, especially after the show.
Anyhow, the place is truly an Art Deco masterpiece. There are so many big chandeliers and the stage is a sight in itself. I watched the Christmas Spectacular on a Friday afternoon, and though I had 'nosebleed' seats (hey, I only paid $23 per person including bus fare), I could still almost make out the casts' faces. The sound was great, though, and it was so cool to see the lights change color and the orchestra rise up and sink down. The presentation was wonderful; the performers were so talented. The music was great, and I had a lot of fun. Only now I don't want to hear any more Christmas carols. (It's amazing what two non stop hours of Christmas songs do to you! Now I know how the people working retail now feel.)
Be forewarned: it is a real pain to leave here. Check in starts early, and you'd better be there 30 minutes early. It gets crazy. Oh, and please don't come late. A lot of people came and sat near me blocking my view of the stage during Act 2.