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Tickets to the The Nutcracker

EventDateCity and Venue
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker Sun. December 4, 2016
Pittsburgh, PA - Benedum Center
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Butler Ballet: The Nutcracker Sun. December 4, 2016
Indianapolis, IN - Clowes Memorial Hall
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Pacific Northwest Ballet: The Nutcracker Sun. December 4, 2016
Seattle, WA - McCaw Hall
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Max & Ruby In The Nutcracker Suite Sun. December 4, 2016
Westbury, NY - NYCB Theatre at Westbury
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Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences: The Nutcracker Sun. December 4, 2016
Lincolnshire, IL - Marriott Theater
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Ballerina Swan and The Nutcracker Sun. December 4, 2016
New York, NY - Clurman Theatre
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New York City Ballet: The Nutcracker Sun. December 4, 2016
New York, NY - David H. Koch Theater
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The Washington Ballet: The Nutcracker Sun. December 4, 2016
Washington, DC - Warner Theatre - DC
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Kansas City Ballet: The Nutcracker Sun. December 4, 2016
Kansas City, MO - Muriel Kauffman Theatre - Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
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New Jersey Ballet: The Nutcracker Sun. December 4, 2016
Englewood, NJ - Bergen Performing Arts Center
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Ballet Theatre of Maryland: The Nutcracker Sun. December 4, 2016
Baltimore, MD - Lyric Opera House - MD
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Colorado Ballet: The Nutcracker Sun. December 4, 2016
Denver, CO - Ellie Caulkins Opera House
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Boston Ballet: The Nutcracker Sun. December 4, 2016
Boston, MA - Boston Opera House
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American Academy Of Ballet: The Nutcracker Sun. December 4, 2016
Buffalo, NY - University At Buffalo Center For The Arts
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Ballerina Swan and The Nutcracker Sun. December 4, 2016
New York, NY - Clurman Theatre
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Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker Sun. December 4, 2016
Boston, MA - Cutler Majestic Theatre
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Alberta Ballet: The Nutcracker Sun. December 4, 2016
Ottawa, ON - National Arts Centre - Southam Hall
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Pennsylvania Ballet: The Nutcracker Sun. December 4, 2016
Cleveland, OH - State Theatre - Cleveland
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Houston Ballet: The Nutcracker Sun. December 4, 2016
Houston, TX - Brown Theater at Wortham Center
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St. Albert Children's Theatre: A Seussified Christmas Carol & The Nutcracker Sings Sun. December 4, 2016
St Albert, AB - Arden Theatre
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The Nutcracker Sun. December 4, 2016
Reno, NV - Grand Sierra Theatre
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Inland Pacific Ballet: The Nutcracker Sun. December 4, 2016
Rancho Cucamonga, CA - Lewis Family Playhouse
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Ballet Austin: The Nutcracker Sun. December 4, 2016
Austin, TX - Long Center For The Performing Arts - Dell Hall
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Miami City Ballet: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker Sun. December 4, 2016
Naples, FL - Artis-Naples
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Texas Ballet Theater: The Nutcracker Sun. December 4, 2016
Dallas, TX - Winspear Opera House
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About The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker is the world’s most famous ballet and a Christmas staple, especially in the United States.  Nutcracker productions account for more than a third of major ballet company’s annual ticket sales.

The ballet is also a favorite of regional, local, and student ballet companies.  Furthermore, The Nutcracker has been immortalized via various films and television programs. 

Background
The Nutcracker is based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.  The music was written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and is generally considered his most popular work.

The ballet premiered Dec. 18, 1892 in St. Petersburg, Russia.  The dancing was choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov.

Reviews for the premiere performance were mixed.  Many critics panned the dancers and the choreography.  Tchaikovsky score was better received but even it had it detractors.

Suite
Tchaikovsky had taken the best melodies from his score and created The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71.  This suite kept the ballet alive between its debut in 1892 and the time it became a tradition for U.S. ballet companies. 

The suite was performed nine months before the premiere of the ballet and was an instant hit.

Notable Performances
A truncated version of ballet was first performed outside of Russia in 1927 in Budapest.  The first full-length production of The Nutcracker outside of Russia took place in 1934 in England.

The abridged version first came to America in 1940.  It was staged by the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo for audiences in New York City. 

The first complete performance of The Nutcracker in the United States occurred Dec. 24, 1944 by the San Francisco Ballet.  It was a huge success and helped establish a Christmastime tradition in the Bay Area.

By the way, the tradition of performing the complete Nutcracker ballet began in the 1960s.

Although strongly associated with Christmas, The Nutcracker has little to do with actual holiday.  The only real connection The Nutcracker has to Santa’s big day is the ballet is set on Christmas Eve.

Plot
The Nutcracker’s plot, as well as some of its characters’ names, may differ from production to production, but the overall gist of the ballet is usually the same.

A young girl named Clara, sometimes Marie, receives a nutcracker doll during a large party held on Christmas Eve. 

She falls in love with the doll but her brother breaks it.  The doll is then fixed by the mysterious man who originally gave it to her, Drosselmeyer.

Later that night, Clara sneaks down to the Christmas tree to check on her nutcracker.  As she does, the clock strikes midnight.  The mouse king and his army appear. 

The nutcracker comes to life and leads an army of toys that eventually defeat the mice.  Clara helps.

The Nutcracker turns into a prince and takes Clara to the Land of Sweets.  There, they meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and celebrate the prince’s victory in battle.

The ballet’s ending also differs from production to production.  Usually, the ballet ends with a waltz and then Clara and the prince wave goodbye to the inhabitants of the Land of Sweets.

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