The Yorkville Nutcracker with choreography by Francis Patrelle opens at the Kaye Playhouse (Hunter College on East 68th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues) on Thursday December 10th for six performances through Sunday evening. This year's Sugarplum Fairy and Cavalier will be New York City Ballet's Abi Stafford and Adrian Danchig-Waring. Now celebrating its 20th Anniversary, this is the most-New York Nutcracker around because it incorporates many of our beloved landmarks into its scenes including Gracie Mansion. Tickets here.
Former Joffrey Ballet star Willy Shives will take over the artistic direction of Ballet San Antonio. What a coup for them. In the past year they also signed on former Houston Ballet principal Amy Fote as a ballet master. A quick glance at the roster yielded another familiar face: Christopher McDaniel, who years ago was so impressive in the above referenced Yorkville Nutcracker, is now a Demi-Soloist at Ballet San Antonio. The company is celebrating its 30th year and opens its Nutcracker on Friday. Tickets here.
The Gelsey Kirkland Ballet opens its unique and very charming Nutcracker in its brand new Brooklyn home (29 Jay Street in DUMBO) on December 10th through December 20th. Tickets here.
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Don't forget the Bolshoi in Cinema's presentation of Lady of the Camellias this Sunday. Check here for participating cinemas in your area.