Professional reviews for Saving Radio City


“The Rockettes are not the only dance company to call Radio City Music Hall home. For nearly 40 years, it was also home to the Radio City Music Hall Ballet Company. Novellino-Mearns was a member of that company for 12 years and would eventually become its dance captain. When this art deco masterpiece was threatened with demolition in the late 1970s, she took on a new role, as president of the Showpeople’s Committee to Save Radio City Music Hall, an organization that saved the music hall and had it declared a National Historic Landmark. Her heartfelt and very personal account of that effort provides a backstage glimpse of the drama that ensued and features a cast of characters that includes performers, politicians, the media, and some very heavy hitters in the world of New York real estate.

This volume is embellished with personal photos and mementos and augmented with appendixes that provide facts and figures about Radio City Music Hall as well as a detailed list of all the films shown and shows staged there from December 1932 through April 1979. Public libraries with robust arts collections will want to add this title, which will delight readers interested in the performing arts and their history in the U.S.”

Carolyn Mulac, BOOKLIST