I do love New York and I certainly enjoy attending a performance at Radio City Music Hall, but I never knew you could take a backstage tour! I was recently there for a weekend trip and didn't have a flight on Sunday until late in the evening, so I started scouting out some fun ideas to fill the time.
I ran across a Backstage Tour of Radio City Music Hall. What fun I thought and it was all that and more! The tour lasts 75 minutes and runs daily from 9:30AM until 5:00PM. There's one about every half hour.
Radio City opened in 1932, so it has a rich history and offers one of the finest examples of art deco. The guides are fabulous and are well versed in the history and secrets of this iconic building. From the stage hydraulics to the patterns in the carpet in the lobby, there are secrets at every turn.
We got to stand on the stage and see how it feels to look out at nearly 6,000 seats and pairs of eyes watching you. You get a peek at the costume room, visit Roxy's private apartment, get your picture taken with a Rockette and so much more.
There are quite a few stairs starting mid-tour, but they have elevator access for those that might have issues. So, if you have some extra time on your hands in New York and have an interest in theater and Radio City in particular, I suggest you take this tour.
Radio City Music Hall is located at 1260 6th Avenue between 50th and 51st St. Tickets can be purchased in the gift shop next door or at the 51st Street entrance.
The tickets were $30 and $26 for seniors at time of printing. It's a real deal.