The New York City Ballet production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker” is an annual holiday tradition – which goes virtual this year.
Children of all ages can delight in the Sugarplum Fairy, dancing candy canes and flowers, and the equally magical and familiar music by Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky.
NYCB is streaming its 2019 holiday season production from Friday, Dec. 11 through Sunday, Jan. 3, on Marquee TV.
Tickets will be priced at $25 in the United States and vary internationally.
The performance includes a star-studded cast of dancers from New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet, with the 62-piece New York City Ballet Orchestra being conducted by music director Andrew Litton.
It is a two-hour performance. Here’s a preview of the magic:
The cast features:
The Sugarplum Fairy MARIA KOWROSKI
Her Cavalier TYLER ANGLE
Dewdrop MEGAN FAIRCHILD
Marie SOPHIA THOMOPOULOS
Herr Drosselmeier ADAM HENDRICKSON
His Nephew (The Nutcracker) KAI MISRA-STONE
Marzipan Shepherdess LAUREN KING
Hot Chocolate ASHLEY HOD and PETER WALKER
Coffee GEORGINA PAZCOGUIN
Tea SPARTAK HOXHA
Candy Cane DANIEL ULBRICHT
Mother Ginger PRESTON CHAMBLEE
Flowers MIRA NADON and UNITY PHELAN
Harlequin and Columbine INDIA BRADLEY and RACHEL HUTSELL
Soldier ROMAN MEJIA
Mouse King SILAS FARLEY
Dr. Stahlbaum ASK la COUR
Frau Stahlbaum MARIKA ANDERSON
A signature event of the holiday season, Balanchine’s Nutcracker premiered on February 2, 1954 and has been seen annually ever since. This marks the first season since its debut nearly 70 years ago that it has not been performed.
The production was filmed live at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, with footage also used in the upcoming Disney Plus series On Pointe.
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