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.
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.
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 in the Kingdom of the Sweets.
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 and even toe tap.
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.
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 to exotic locales in the enchanting Land of Sweets.
"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, this original ballet is a timely tale of American values and folklore with New York City at the center of attention.
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 who go on a psychedelic trip through their lives one Christmas Eve.
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 Ballet's performance of Keith Michael’s "Nutcracker." This one-hour production is the perfect introduction to ballet for your little ones ages 3-10.
"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 are life size mice, talking dolls, swords fights, magic, true love and of course a happy ending.
Die-hard fans and first-timers can take their pick of Nutcrackers this season—or choose to chew them all up. The holiday ballet can be seen in trademarked virtuosic style at Lincoln Center; adapted for young audiences; free in the Winter Garden; as an R-rated cabaret; and many more variations.