‘Tis the season for dozens of The Nutcracker versions popping up throughout NYC – some for kids, some comical, some New York-ified, some bizarre, and some classic.
In 1892 when Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov transformed E.T.A Hoffman’s “The Nutcracker and Mouse King” into a dance set to a Tchaikovsky score, it was not at all a success. The dark, psychological tale didn’t spark something within audiences until the later 1960’s, evolving into the fantastical ballet we now fondly associate with the Christmas season. Today, this renowned ballet continues to charm audiences everywhere, and takes on New York City each year with new adaptations, dancers, and choreographers jumping on The Nutcracker bandwagon.
Check out the lineup of 2012 Nutcrackers below:
American Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue
Friday, Dec. 7 – Sunday, Dec. 16, times vary. Click here for full schedule.
ABT returns to BAM for this distinguished, classic production of The Nutcracker. It is recommended for ages 4 and up and will provide the complete professional ballet production experience.
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th St
Saturday, Dec. 8 at 5:00 P.M.
$35 for adults, $25 for children
Valentina Kozlova’s Dance Conservatory of New York performs this full-length version, inspired by the productions of Russia’s famed Kirov Ballet.
The Yorkville Nutcracker
The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, East 68th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues
Thursday, Dec. 6 & Friday, Dec. 7 at 7:00 P.M.; Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2:00 & 7:00 P.M.; Sunday, Dec. 9 at 12:00 & 5:00 P.M.
Set in New York City in 1895, this Nutcracker dances through NYC Upper East Side locales such as Gracie Mansion, Wollman Rink in Central Park and the New York Botanical Garden conservatory.
Ballet for Young Audiences’ Nutcracker
Month of December, various locations, times & prices. Click here for full schedule.
This version will travel to Queens’ Flushing Town Hall to Manhattan’s 92nd Street Y and more. It is a special narrated performance that’s perfect for kids.
New York Theatre Ballet’s Nutcracker
Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street between Madison and Park Avenues
Friday, Dec. 7 at 4:30 P.M., Saturdays, Dec. 8 & 15, and Sundays, Dec. 9 &16 at 11:00 A.M. and 1:00 and 3:30 P.M., Saturday, Dec. 22 at 11:00 A.M & 1:00 P.M.
This version is short and sweet so even the youngest kids can enjoy their first Nutcracker experience.
Brighton Ballet Theater/School of Russian American Ballet’s Nutcracker
Leon M. Goldstein Performing Arts Center, Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard
Saturday, Dec. 8 at 5:00 P.M.
Family friendly, this shortened version features more than 80 young dancers! Recommended for ages 4 and up.
Manhattan Youth Ballet’s The Knickerbocker Suite
Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, 248 West 60th Street between Amsterdam and West End Avenues
Wednesday, Dec. 12-Friday, Dec. 14 at 7:00 P.M.; Saturday, Dece. 15 at 3:00 & 7:00 P.M.; Sunday, Dec. 16 at 3:00 P.M.
$25 for adults, $20 for students
Experience The Nutcracker with an NYC spin as the journey takes place throughout famous Manhattan landmarks.
The Dance Theatre in Westchester’s The Colonial Nutcracker
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College, 2900 Campus Road
Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2:00 P.M.
This full-length version is set in colonial Yorktown during the Revolutionary War. Featuring a red-coated army of mice and the spellbound nutcracker prince, it is a holiday experience welcome to ages 4 and up.
New York City Ballet’s The Nutcracker
David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza at 63rd Street
Friday, Nov. 23-Sunday, Dec. 30, times vary. Click here for full schedule.
Tickets start at $29 for non-peak and go up to $250
The creme de la creme, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker is a must-see at least once NYC holiday production.
Ajkun Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker – New Rochelle Suite
Whitney Auditorium, New Rochelle High School, 265 Clove Road New Rochelle, NY 10801
Friday Nov. 30 at 7:00 P.M. & Sturday Dec. 1 at 2:00 P.M.
See this performance filled with local dancers from the Public School District of New Rochelle.
Vertical Aerial Arts’ The Nutcracker Circus Suite
The House of Yes, 342 Maujer St. Brooklyn, NY 11206
Friday, Nov. 30 at 8:00 P.M; Saturday Dec. 1 at 6:30 P.M; Sunday Dec. 2 at 6:30 P.M.
This version combines circus, dance and theater in a new, magical rendition.
Peridance Contemporary Dance Company’s The Nutcracker
Salvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance, 126 East 13th Street New York, NY 10003
Saturday Dec. 15 at 5:30 & 8:00 P.M.; Sunday Dec. 16 at 2:30 & 6:00 P.M.
Tickets $15 kids 12 and under, $20 student, $30 adults
Enjoy this contemporary look at The Nutcracker.
The Bang Group’s Nut/Cracked (10th Anniversary)
New York Live Arts, 219 W 19th St New York, NY 10011
Thursday Dec. 20 – Saturday Dec. 22 at 7:00 P.M.; Saturday Dec. 22 at 2:00 P.M.
A comic/subversive, neo-vaudeville version of The Nutcracker…filled with tap, ballet, contemporary, disco and even toe tap.
Joffrey Ballet School’s The Nutcracker
Tribeca Performing Arts Center at Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers Street at West Street
Friday, No. 30 at 7:00 P.M. & Saturday, Dec. 1 at 1:00 P.M.