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'The Nutcracker' to be Performed across the Five Boroughs this Winter


The Colonial Nutcracker at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts. Photo courtesy of Rob Reynolds.
December 1, 2011 - Since its first production in 1892, Pyotr Tchaikovksy’s classic ballet The Nutcracker has been performed on countless stages around the world. From the snowflakes to the sugar plum fairy, the iconic characters of this production have become staples of the holiday season. Yet no two Nutcracker performances are exactly alike. This winter, over a dozen dance companies from across New York City and beyond will perform unique interpretations of The Nutcracker at cultural venues throughout the five boroughs. Visit www.nyc.gov/culture or call 311 to find a Nutcracker near you.

The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance & Arthur Aviles Typical Theatre present Los Nutcrackers: A Christmas Carajo
841 Barreto Street, Bronx
December 2–17

The play, returning to BAAD!'s stage for the seventh year, interweaves two holiday classics, The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol, and creates a play about a gay couple who go on a psychedelic trip through their lives one Christmas Eve.
Tickets $20-$25, with discounts for seniors and Bronx residents. Visit bronxacademyofartsanddance.org for more information.

Dance Theatre in Westchester presents The Colonial Nutcracker
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
2900 Campus Road, Brooklyn
December 11

Set in colonial Yorktown, The Colonial Nutcracker takes place during the Revolutionary War. Dance Theatre in Westchester's hour-long production features a red-coated mouse army, an enchanted nutcracker prince, and narration that will help to enhance young viewers' understanding and enjoyment of this timeless story.
Tickets $7. Visit brooklyncenteronline.org for more information.

Ballet for Young Audiences presents The Nutcracker
LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Mainstage Theater
31-10 Thomson Avenue, Queens
December 17

A family-friendly rendition takes audiences on a frolicking musical journey that happens only once a year.
Tickets $12. Visit laguardiaperformingarts.org for more information.

The Nutcracker presented by the Staten Island Ballet
College of Staten Island Center for the Arts
2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island
December 17–18

Staten Island’s renowned dance company puts on a first-rate performance of the holiday classic.
Tickets $37-$47. Visit siballet.org for more information.

David Parker & The Bang Group present Nut/Cracked
New York Live Arts
219 W 19th Street, Manhattan
December 21–23
Nut/Cracked is a comic and subversive, neo-vaudeville version of The Nutcracker that incorporates a mix of tap, ballet, contemporary, disco and even toe tap. In addition to The Bang Group, each show features a different group of teenage guest artists from dance schools throughout New York City.
Tickets $24 Advance Purchase / $30 Day of Performance. Visit newyorklivearts.org for more information.
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