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Rockettes Respond To Thanksgiving Parade Performance Backlash

Jennifer Havener
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Fans of the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving parade were disappointed this year on many levels. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, people could not line the streets of New York City to watch the parade in person. Additionally, the parade route was cut short to a very small section in front of the Macy’s flagship store on 34th Street. 

Viewers did get the famous balloons, but they also got a glimpse at Glee actor Matthew Morrison’s take on NBC’s upcoming How the Grinch Stole Christmas musical. In general, the 2020 Thanksgiving parade did not get good reviews. What did viewers complain about the most? 

Broadway Stars’ Rendition of Alanis Morissette Song Widely Panned

If you grew up in the mid-nineties, you’re likely familiar with the rise of the female singer/songwriter genre. Female vocalists such as Fiona Apple, Jewel, and Alanis Morissette, made it big with vulnerable lyrics and even bigger voices. One of the anthems that came out of the ‘90s was Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know.” 

It was the lead single off her Jagged Little Pill album. In 2019, Broadway came calling and turned the album into a play of the same name. Jagged Little Pill got rave reviews, but something was clearly lost in translation at the Macy’s Parade. 

Some of the stars of the hit Broadway show did a performance of Alanis Morissette’s song “You Learn.” To many viewers at home, the musical number felt out of place and awkward.

However, viewers were simply ‘eh’ about the performance. But a later performance at the Macy’s parade earned outright anger. 

Viewers RAGE Over Rockettes Skipping Iconic High-Kick Line

The Rockettes are a world-famous dance troupe known for their Christmas shows at Radio City Music Hall in NYC. Unfortunately, they had to cancel their 2020 Christmas shows, but are still making special appearances at some events. 

Aside from Santa’s appearance, The Rockettes’ performance is one of the most anticipated every year at the Macy’s parade. In fact, they have been performing at the Thanksgiving day tradition for over 60 years. 

Many people have had a hard year and look forward to some small signs of normalcy. Like the Rockettes standing in a long line and doing high-kicks. It’s their trademark move! Sadly, they did not do it at the 2020 Thanksgiving parade. Instead, they did another beloved performance as the Wooden Soldiers from The Nutcracker.

The Rockettes Will Appear at the Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting, High-Kicks Included

Twitter was flooded with devastated viewers expressing disappointment over the lack of high-kicks. The Rockettes never explained their choice to do a performance from The Nutcracker instead of their usual high-kick line. However, the troupe’s official Twitter account shared some great news for disappointed fans!

In just a few days, fans can see the Rockettes do a high-kick line. They will be performing at Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting. As with the Macy’s parade, spectators are not allowed at the tree lighting this year. 

However, fans can watch from the safety of their homes. Christmas in Rockefeller Center will air Wednesday, December 2, on NBC. 

Christmas in NYC Goes Virtual 

NYC is a hotspot to visit during the Christmas season. Tourists flock to the city to see the Rockettes, go ice skating, and look at store window displays. Looking at window displays may sound boring, but the stores in NYC go all-out with their displays. One of the most famous is the display at the Saks flagship store on 5th Avenue. 

Despite the coronavirus and lack of tourists this year, many stores are still going ahead with the decorating plans. In fact, many of them are going virtual with their Christmas displays by posting videos on social media. The video below is the Saks 5th Avenue 2020 Christmas display. For more NYC displays, go here. 

Don’t forget to tune into NBC’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center special on December 2nd.

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