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Christmas is the Most Grobanful Time of the Year

Josh Groban

Biographic Notes

In 1997 and 1998 , Josh Groban attended the summer Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan, majoring in musical theater, while also taking voice lessons outside of school. “I started taking music lessons on the side. I was very much into musical theater. I had a pretty good baritone voice, so I began acting and singing in school productions.”

Groban graduated in 1999 from The Los Angeles County High School for the Arts as a theater major and then attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh (PA), studying drama. Groban left Carnegie Mellon after only one year when he was offered a recording contract at Warner Brothers Records. The singer’s debut album, Josh Groban, was released on November 20, 2001. Over the next year, it went from gold to double-platinum.

Groban’s second album Closer was released on November 11, 2003. Groban said that he believed that this second album was a better reflection of him and that his audience would be able to get a better idea of him personally from listening to it. “What most people know about me, they know through my music. This time, I’ve tried to open that door as wide as possible. These songs are a giant step closer to who I really am and what my music is all about. Hence the title.” Two months after Closer was released, it rose on the Billboard charts from Number 11 to Number one.

During the first week of September 2006, Groban’s latest single entitled You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up) was released. It was taken from his third studio album, Awake, which was officially released on November 7, 2006. In June 2007, Josh spent some weeks in London recording a Christmas album with the London Philharmonic and the African Children’s Choir. It was released on October 9, 2007 and is titled Noël. On Noël, Groban adds his own spin to holiday classics without sacrificing an ounce of the sentimentality and charm that have made them so beloved. Moreover, he adds a new holiday favorite of his own to the season’s offerings. The album debuted at Number One on the Billboard charts, a position that it continues to maintain.

Josh Groban Videos

Josh Groban: I’ll Be Home for Christmas

Josh Groban: You Are Loved

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Superspectacular: The Radio City Rockettes and “The Christmas Spectacular”

Happy Holidays to All!!

The Rockettes

The 75th Anniversary of “The Radio City Christmas Spectacular

The Christmas Spectacular

Seventy-five years old and forever young, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular came flying into the Midtown Art Deco Radio Music Hall and proved to be nothing less than “Superspectacular.” For its diamond-anniversary incarnation the grand old show has been made over, from terpsichore to technology, kicking and singing into the 21st century while retaining and refining the glories of the 20th.

These include the magnificent Rockettes, more versatile and saucy than ever; the breathtaking precision and suspense of The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers; and, of course, Santa Claus, individually (the hearty Charles Edward Hall) and in vast numbers in the Here Comes Santa Claus routine that fills the huge stage with hordes of hoofing Kriss Kringles.

The revisions still result in a warm and thoughtful embrace of everything from the introductory flight of Santa to New York, to the truncated Nutcracker and a re-imagined New York at Christmas, which puts the Rockettes in snowy white (with touches of red and green) aboard a double-decker sightseeing bus. The bus takes them and the audience on a singing, dancing tour of mid-Manhattan that includes Central Park and ice skaters.

The visit to the North Pole that is the Magic Is There number, which has the Rockettes dressed as rag dolls extending seasonal greetings, has been wisely shortened and restaged to include a Santa-cynical New York teenager. And the sparklingly new Let Christmas Shine, an anniversary routine, has the Rockettes in glittering crystal costumes. Even the reverent Living Nativity, which revisits the first Christmas and is staged with camels, sheep and donkeys, has been trimmed, giving time for a grand finale that provides the Rockettes and the rest of the cast an opportunity, after three-quarters of a century, to take the most well earned of bows.

Videos about the Rockettes and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular

What follows below is a selection of videos about the Rockettes and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. The first video is vintage 1930s footage that shows the very first group of Rockettes. This is suceeded by a video slideshow about the show, and then a video of selected scenes from the Christmas Spectacular. The next video is of a (very leggy) photo-shoot of the Rockettes in Times Square, followed by a performance by the Rockettes in Times Square on The Today Show.

The First Group of Rockettes (1930s)

Narrated Slideshow of The 2007 Christmas Spectacular

The 2007 Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Photo-Shoot of the Rockettes in Times Square

The Today Show: The Radio City Rockettes in Times Square

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