Behind-the-scenes at Heart and Lights Radio City spectacular

Kemberly Richardson has an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the new Radio City show.
February 14, 2014 2:44:23 PM PST
Giant puppets are set to take over Radio City Music Hall as "Heart and Lights" takes center stage.

It's been a labor of love for more than half a decade, the creation of larger than life puppets will soon take over the iconic venue.

Lady Liberty, the 26-foot tall puppet, is one of six featured in the upcoming production.

"All iconic figures around New York that we tried to treat with respect but make them fun, come to life in the show, surprise our characters and send them on to the next spot," said Larry Sedwick of MSGE Productions, the production company putting on the show.

She's life-like and that's the point. Parts of her are solid, while others are soft to the touch.

What you won't see, however, are the airbags in the back keeping her full - something only Eyewitness News got a peak at.

It took nearly two years to make this beauty at a work space in Australia.

"I want to see them amazed and I want to see them shocked when they get looked at in the audience and say she was looking right at me," said Richard McKenna of the Creature Technology Company, which created the Lady Liberty puppet.

The story follows two cousins on an adventure in New York who cross paths with the lions from the Public Library, the Wall Street Bull and more.

"Everything you see moving, except for Lady Liberty is all driven by human hands and I think that kind of contract especially in this day and age is magical for people," said Heart and Lights Puppeteer Director Matt Acheson.

What's fascinating is that each piece is very different. Only one puppeteer is needed to move the bull, while two people are inside Patience and two inside the lion.

Now that you know a bit about the magic behind the scenes, see how everything comes together Mar. 27, as Heart and Lights opens at Radio City.

Click here to learn more about the show, Hearts and Lights, at Radio City Music Hall.