Hanging Out Backstage With Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban

Rockettes Reflections

By Jessica D.

Throughout their 90-year history, the world-famous Rockettes have shared the stage—and unforgettable adventures—with many other world-famous personalities. They have appeared at such iconic events as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Super Bowl and on TV shows like America’s Got Talent and Night of 100 Stars. The Rockettes are taking a moment to reflect on their favorite stardust memories.

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Jessica and her Rockette sisters posing with Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman backstage at The Grand Ole Opry

It’s always exciting and an honor to perform for people whose work you admire, so you can only imagine how thrilled I was when a little birdie told me that Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman were in the house for the Christmas Spectacular at The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

As soon as the curtain came down to close the first half of the show, we began doing our usual routine: taking off headpieces and top layers, and preparing for the second half. While we were in the middle of changing, one of the Rockettes noticed a security guard waiting by the stage door—and we immediately knew he was waiting for Keith and Nicole!

A few of us girls decided to take action—we just had to meet them! Keith and Nicole were spending intermission in a dressing room backstage, so we knocked on the door and asked if we could meet the two of them … and they said yes!

After a few minutes of chit-chatting about how magical the first half of the show was, my Rockette sisters and I nervously asked if we could get a picture with them. They responded: “Wait … you want a picture with us?”—as if they were surprised that we wanted a picture with them and not the other way around!

Both Nicole and Keith were so funny, humble and kind. It is a moment in my life I will never forget and will always be a favorite Rockette memory of mine.

Jessica D. has been a Rockette since 2012. She currently resides in New York, NY.