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New York — By Steve Mirsky on May 4, 2010 at 9:57 pm
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Radio City Music Hall Tours

Want to get a behind-the-scenes look at Radio City Music Hall’s beautiful art deco interiors? Since opening in 1932, Radio City Music Hall has been known for its spectacular Rococo architecture and mind blowing performances. Come see what makes it all possible behind the scenes.

Radio City Music Hall Stage Behind the Scenes

Their one hour “Stage Door” walking tour departs from the lobby taking you onto the main stage which measures 66 1/2 feet deep and a full city block wide (144 feet). You’ll learn about their elevator system, consisting of four platforms, each capable of lowering 27 feet in the basement or raising 13 feet above the stage. The elevators’ effects are best seen during the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular, when the orchestra appears in front of the stage, disappears under the stage only to reappear high up in the back of the performers. Get up close to the Wurlitzer Organ whose pipes  are housed in 11 different rooms on both sides of the building. In additional chambers attached to the pipes, the organist  can play a full set of percussion instruments: chimes, drums, woodblocks and even a concert piano creating the sound of a full orchestra.

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Tours run from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 7 days a week. $17 for adults, $14 for seniors, $10 for children under 12.  Note:  Tour access is limited during performances.  Purchase same day tickets at the Radio City Avenue Store next to the Music Hall or purchase online at viator.com.

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