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Whoopi Goldberg, Carmelo Anthony, more to star in Radio City Music Hall's 'Spring Spectacular'

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Whoopi Goldberg attends "Stand Up" For Scleroderma Research at Caroline's On Broadway on Dec. 2, 2014 in New York City. Credit: Getty Images / Ilya S. Savenok

Whoopi Goldberg, Carmelo Anthony, Martha Stewart and Donald Trump -- that sounds like an all-star lineup on some "Celebrity Apprentice" reality series -- but they are just some of the name-brand talent participating in Radio City Music Hall's "New York Spring Spectacular," a new annual production set to debut in March, featuring Broadway stars and, of course, the legendary, high-kicking Rockettes.

"As many shows as we've all done, this is a different situation than any of us have ever encountered," said film mogul Harvey Weinstein, a producer of the show, at a Manhattan press conference Tuesday evening. "It's about the biggest thing I've ever done.

Big is right.

The family-friendly show stars Tony winner Laura Benanti as Jenna, a Type- A New Yorker who's taken on a revelatory, whirlwind tour of city. It features massive video displays (with recorded cameos of famed locals -- Trump, Stewart-and sports legends like the Knicks' Anthony, Giants' Victor Cruz, Rangers Henrik Lundqvist and former Knick Walt Frazier), 3D special effects (kites fly over the audience), Godzillla-size puppets (a 26-foot tall Statue of Liberty, voiced by Goldberg and controlled by computer and four puppeteers, incorporates 1,760 pounds of steel and 20 motors for facial movements), all set to a soundtrack of pop music, classics and original songs.

Oh, and expect to see "the Rockettes in a way you've never seen them," said creative director Diane Paulus (acclaimed for her "Pippin" and "Porgy & Bess" revivals and work with Cirque du Soleil). "This spectacle?will add to what we know and love (about) Radio City."

The limited engagement runs March 12 through May 3.

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