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.
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... Read more