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Closed January 5, 2020
This ballet is a perennial entertainment, with more than enough theatrical detail to merit repeated viewings, more than enough layers of embedded history and emotional depth to fascinate again and again.
Brian Seibert, The New York Times
The New York City Ballet's annual production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker is at the heart of New York City's year-end holiday season, and this year marks the 65th annual performance of the Big Apple's best loved Nutcracker! Whether it is a family tradition or a once-in-a-lifetime visit, your experience of this glittering classic ballet will stay with you forever and warm your spirit.
From the moment the lights dim, you will be transported to a magical place filled with adorable children, marching toy soldiers, a glowing one-ton Christmas tree that seemingly grows forever, mischievous mice, crystalline waltzing snowflakes, the Land of Sweets and some of the most breathtaking costumes, sets and dancing on earth.
Almost 90 dancers, 62 musicians, 32 stagehands and two casts of 50 young students from the School of American Ballet join forces to make each performance as magical as possible. The elaborate stage elements and intricate lighting unleash the viewers' imagination by providing visual effects that are extraordinarily grand. The most famous example is the massive Christmas tree that grows from a height of 12 ft to 40, evoking audible gasps of disbelief from the audience every time.
Opening night: 29 November 2019
Perfect for the whole family and a wonderful introduction to ballet for younger audience members
90 minutes with an intermission after 49 minutes
Choreography by George Balanchine
Costume Design by Barbara Karinska
Set Design by Rouben Ter-Arutunian
Lighting by Mark Stanley
enchanting FESTIVE Incredible
One can only imagine the sacrifice, heart, soul and love these dancers have for ballet!
The Nutcracker will warm your heart, from the scurry of giant mice, the enormous Christmas tree, waltzing snowflakes, decadent Land of Sweets... It's no wonder why The Nutcracker has become an essential part of the holiday season for so many!Read full review
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