NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- For the 13 th consecutive year, the Swarovski Star soars to the top of the world famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, with the help of Broadway's own rising star, Denée Benton.
Broadway leading lady Denée Benton, who currently plays Natasha in the musical spectacular Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, today unveiled the Swarovski Star to a captivated crowd of spectators before it was raised to the top of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree for the 13 th time. First created for the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in 2004, the Swarovski Star is comprised of 25,000 sparkling crystals, with one million facets, measuring 9 ½ feet in diameter and 1 ½ feet deep. Lit with energy-efficient LED bulbs, it twinkles festively thanks to a customized light sequence directed by a state-of-the-art computer program. The Star will sit atop the immense 94-foot high, 56-foot wide, 14-ton Norway Spruce in Rockefeller Plaza for the remainder of the 2016 holiday season. A to-scale replica of the stellar masterpiece will also be on display in Rockefeller Center, allowing visitors the opportunity to get a closer view of the intricate detailing and precision craftsmanship.