March 17, 2015

Madison Square Garden Entertainment and Weinstein Live Entertainment Are Proud to Announce New York Spring Spectacular, Presented by Chase, Celebrates Sold Out Preview Performances in Opening Weekend of the Brand New Family Production at Radio City Music Hall

Excitement For New York Spring Spectacular Builds Just Days Into Opening Weekend Of Previews As Fans Of All Ages Enjoy Performances Of This Remarkable Journey Through New York City At Radio City Music Hall

LIMITED SEVEN-WEEK ENGAGEMENT IN PREVIEWS NOW, OPENS ON MARCH 26 AND RUNS THROUGH MAY 3, 2015

NEW YORK, March 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MSG Entertainment (MSGE) announced today that the brand new production at Radio City Music Hall, New York Spring Spectacular, presented by Chase, enjoyed a strong opening weekend of previews with two sold-out shows and one near sellout, following near sellouts of the first preview performances on Thursday and Friday. This awe-inspiring theatrical Spectacular, which is jointly produced by Madison Square Garden Entertainment and Weinstein Live Entertainment, has already captured the hearts of thousands in the first week of previews. The limited seven-week engagement is in previews now, opens on Thursday, March 26, 2015 and runs through May 3, 2015. Tickets on sale now at www.rockettes.com/spring.

"We are ecstatic to be celebrating our first sell out performances of New York Spring Spectacular," said David Goodman, president, Productions, MSG Entertainment."The demand to see the show is completely overwhelming. The word is out . . . we are bringing 'Spectaculars' back to New York City at Radio City Music Hall."

New York Spring Spectacular celebrates the magic of New York City and its most iconic landmarks, from The New York Public Library to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. One particular scene honors the best of New York sports with video cameos from some legendary New Yorkers. A high-energy fashion scene celebrates the best of New York designers with video appearances by some of the well-known fashion icons that call New York City their home and Rockettes costumes designed by Diane von Furstenberg, Isaac Mizrahi and Zac Posen. The production is bursting with invigorating new Rockettes choreography, incredible 3D special effects, large-scale puppetry and an exciting soundtrack of pop hits, original music and classics.

The star power of New York Spring Spectacular includes Tony Award winning actress Laura Benanti as the female lead, Jenna; Emmy Award winning choreographer Derek Hough as the male lead, Jack; Lenny Wolpe as Bernie; Jared Grimes as Marshall and of course, the legendary Rockettes. The production also includes celebrity video cameos by 50 Cent, Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz, Walt Frazier, John Leguizamo, Al Michaels, Kelly Ripa, Mariano Rivera, Sam Rosen, Carmelo Anthony, Henrik Lundqvist, Martha Stewart and Donald Trump.

New York Spring Spectacular takes audiences on a whirlwind adventure across New York City while telling an heartwarming narrative about New Yorkers who change each other's lives in an unexpectedly wonderful ways. New York Spring Spectacular is as rejuvenating, energetic and uplifting as spring itself - and a reminder that while things may change, nothing can take away the timeless magic and romance of the one and only New York City!

Bernie, played by Wolpe, has been giving old-fashioned tours of New York for decades, but his company was just bought by Jenna, played by Benanti, a whip smart techie with plans to fire Bernie and turn his tours into a virtual reality wonderland. Bernie is in trouble. Enter Jack, played by Hough, a spirited young man with a secret agenda of his own: If he can help Bernie keep his job, Jack will get an eternal reward.

With the assistance of the legendary Rockettes, Bernie takes Jenna-- and the audience-- on the tour of a lifetime, from the Statue of Liberty to Central Park to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. By the last stop on this whirlwind adventure, this group of people will be forever changed, and they will never look at the city the same way again.

New York Spring Spectacular is led by Director and Choreographer Warren Carlyle, a Tony and Drama Desk Award winning director and choreographer, including for such popular Broadway productions as The Mystery of Edwin Drood, A Christmas Story: The Musical and After Midnight, which he also directed and for which he won both the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for Best Choreographer. Working by his side are Co-Creative Directors Diane Paulus and Randy Weiner. Paulus is a Tony Award winning director for the A.R.T.'s Pippin and was among 2014's TIME 100, TIME Magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Weiner is the creator of the Off-Broadway extravaganza Queen of the Night at the Paramount Hotel and is a frequent collaborator with Paulus, most recently working together to create Amaluna for Cirque Du Soleil. Weiner is also the producer of the Drama Desk Award winning New York premiere of Punchdrunk's Sleep No More. Writer Joshua Harmon made his professional New York playwriting debut with the critically acclaimed play Bad Jews, which was produced by Roundabout Underground and was the first play to transfer to the Roundabout's Laura Pels Theatre in October 2013. It received Outer Critics Circle and Lortel nominations for Best Play. Harmon earned degrees in playwriting from Northwestern and Carnegie Mellon and studied at Julliard's Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights program. Mia Michaels is the choreographer of the opening number and is well known for her work on the Fox Television Show, So You Think You Can Dance, and has collaborated with artists such as Prince, Madonna and Celine Dion. Variety Magazine named Michaels "One of the Most Innovative Women" of 2013 and she has received multiple Emmy Awards for Outstanding Choreography. Michaels will also be lending her talents to Finding Neverland, which opens on Broadway in 2015.

Check out exclusive New York Spring Spectacular behind-the-scenes photos, videos and interviews at www.rockettes.com/spring, and follow Rockettes and New York Spring Spectacular on Facebook, @Rockettes on Twitter and @TheRockettes on Instagram for all the latest updates on the show.

Ticket Information

Preview performances of New York Spring Spectacular began on March 12, 2015 at Radio City Music Hall®. Opens March 26, 2015 and runs for a limited engagement ending May 3, 2015. Prices range from $46 - $100 for previews and regular box office pricing from $50 - $150, depending on show date and time.¬†Tickets are available online at www.rockettes.com/spring, by phone via Ticketmaster at 866-858-0007, or at Radio City's Box Office (50th St. & Avenue of the Americas). Group tickets of 9+ contact Group Sales at 212-465-6080 or group.sales@msg.com. Box Office hours are daily, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00pm. Tickets purchased via Ticketmaster are subject to service charges.

About MSG Entertainment

MSG Entertainment (MSGE), the live entertainment arm of The Madison Square Garden Company (Nasdaq:MSG), is a worldwide entertainment company recognized for its signature combination of event production and entertainment marketing. In addition to the nearly 900 entertainment concerts and events that take place each year at Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, the Beacon Theatre, The Chicago Theatre, and the Forum in Inglewood, California, MSGE has an exclusive co-booking agreement with Boston's Citi Performing Arts Center/ Wang Theatre. MSG Entertainment's live events include the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, which has played to more than 75 million people in 77 different cities across North America. More than five million people attend MSG Entertainment branded events annually including concerts, special events, and family attractions.

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