With over 200 performers, a one-ton Christmas tree that magically grows from 12 to 40 feet, hundreds of dazzling costumes, and a million watts of illuminated excitement, it's no wonder the New York Post praises George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™ as "the Christmas show of all Christmas shows."
Running time: 2 Hr.
- Music by: Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky
- Choreography by: George Balanchine
- Principal Casting: SUGARPLUM: Ashly Isaacs*; CAVALIER: Taylor Stanley; DEWDROP: Ashley Hod; HERR DROSSELMEIER: Allen Peiffer+; MARZIPAN: Indiana Woodward; HOT CHOCOLATE: Unity Phelan, Cameron Dieck; COFFEE: Alexa Maxwell; TEA: Joseph Gordon; CANDY CANE: Harrison Coll; MOTHER GINGER: Joshua Thew; FLOWERS: Jenelle Manzi*, Emily Kikta (replaces Olivia MacKinnon); DOLLS: Alston Macgill*++, Clara Ruf-Maldonado++*; SOLDIER: Ghaleb Kayali; MOUSE KING: Aaron Sanz (replaces Preston Chamblee); FRAU & DR STAHLBAUM: Faye Arthurs, Chase Finlay* (*First time in role)(+Guest artist)(++NYCB Apprentice)
Tschaikovsky’s iconic score transports you to a world of wonder where mischievous mice are foiled by toy soldiers come to life, and a blizzard of ballerinas reveals the enchanting Land of Sweets. This is “the mother of all Nutcrackers” (The New Yorker) — the version that originated a beloved American tradition.