We love a classic Nutcracker, but appreciate variety in the Christmas standard, too. This season the holiday ballet can be seen in trademarked virtuosic style at Lincoln Center; adapted for family audiences in venues across the city; for free at the World Financial Center; in a gay, Latino theatrical version in the Bronx; and a grown-up version by the American Ballet Theatre in a Brooklyn.
The original Nutcracker—Marius Petipa’s ballet based on an E.T.A. Hoffman story with music by Tchaikovsky—first premiered at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia, on December 17, 1892. The Sugar Plum Fairy, the dancing rodents led by a mouse soldier, the young heroine Clara (sometimes called Marie) and Tchaikovsky’s score have become a holiday favorite in New York, drawing hundreds of thousands of people to the ballet.
From late November through early January, die-hard fans and first-timers can take their pick of Nutcrackers, or choose to chew them all up.
Fri, Dec 13, 2013 - Sun, Dec 22, 2013
The enchanting inhabitants of E.T.A. Hoffmann's whimsical world return in this acclaimed production of The Nutcracker, presented by the renowned American Ballet Theatre and choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky.
Thu, Dec 20, 2012, 11:30 pm
"Nutcracker: Rated R" cracks open the heart of the classic children’s ballet to uncover drugs, sex, family secrets and all the other delights that make the holidays so special.
Sat, Dec 22, 2012, 1:00 pm
Tchaikovsky’s classic music comes to life and introduces children to the story of Clara’s Nutcracker. Visit the Enchanted Forest with its magical dancing snowflakes, and the wondrously beautiful Sugarplum Fairy ...
Thu, Dec 20, 2012 - Sat, Dec 22, 2012
A comic/subversive, neo-vaudeville version of "The Nutcracker," "Nut/Cracked" celebrates its 10th anniversary performance with a journey into innocence through sustained fantasy, incorporating an enterprising mix of tap, ballet, contemporary, disco ...
Sat, Dec 08, 2012, 5:00 pm
Brighton Ballet Theater revives a holiday classic featuring lavish costumes, splendid scenery, and a junior company of 80 young dancers. Recommended for ages 4 and up.
Fri, Dec 14, 2012 - Sun, Dec 16, 2012
BALAM Dance Theatre principal ballerina Robin Gilbert and artistic director Carlos Fittante perform the Grand Pas de Deux from the Nutcracker ballet in this family holiday favorite, The Christmas Show.
Sun, Dec 16, 2012, 2:00 pm
Created especially for families with children ages 4-10, "The Colonial Nutcracker" sets Tchaikovsky's classic ballet in wintry colonial Yorktown during the Revolutionary War.
Fri, Nov 23, 2012 - Sun, Dec 30, 2012
From the moment the lights dim, you are transported to a wondrous world of magic and wonder. A rousing snowstorm sends a blizzard of ballerinas across the stage, sweeping you ...
Fri, Nov 30, 2012, 7:00 pm
A two-act production of "The Nutcracker" ballet performed by children and Joffrey Ballet company dancers.
Tue, Nov 27, 2012 - Wed, Nov 28, 2012
Free hour-long performances of Keith Michael's "The Nutcracker." A perfect holiday treat for kids and families.
Wed, Dec 12, 2012 - Sun, Dec 16, 2012
"The Knickerbocker Suite," a new holiday classic, has been brought to the stage by Rose Caiola with the Manhattan Youth Ballet. Based on the jocular story by artist Elliott Arkin, ...
Fri, Nov 30, 2012 - Sat, Dec 15, 2012
The play, returning to BAAD!'s stage for the ninth year, interweaves two holiday classics, "The Nutcracker" and "A Christmas Carol," and creates a queer, Latino play about a gay couple ...
Fri, Dec 07, 2012, 4:30 pm
A Mouse Queen with an 18-foot tail, a luminous owl that soars above the audience, and adorable flower girls are only a few of the highlights of New York Theatre ...
Thu, Nov 29, 2012 - Sat, Dec 15, 2012
"The Nutcracker and The Mouse King" is not your typical Christmas musical. A somewhat dark comedy, this fantastical show will take you on a journey to another world, where there ...
Sat, Dec 08, 2012, 5:00 pm
The technically and artistically stunning dancers of Valentina Kozlova's Dance Conservatory bring the classic holiday story to life.
Sat, Nov 10, 2012, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Explore the world of "The Nutcracker" in a special workshop for children ages 5 through 12, presented by teaching artists from American Ballet Theatre (ABT).