Vanity Fair has a humongous dance article by Laura Jacobs in its January issue – on stands now. The historical account of Balanchine's The Nutcracker at New York City Ballet features fabulous pictures and great quotes from the old-timers, like:
“When we first lit (the tree) at the State Theater we had a call from Con Edison on the West Side,” says (Barbara) Horgan. “There seemed to be a surge consistent with our performances—the candy and all that. They could always tell when we were doing Nutcracker because we pulled so much power.”
This production continues to pull power in so many ways and is one of the great joys of Christmas in New York. Last night the production was featured on ABC World News Tonight's "Made in America" segment. Yes, that little Nutcracker toy from Act I is made in America as are all the dancers.