George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
Savor one of George Balanchine’s finest ballets, as he choreographs to The Nutcracker, composed by Tchaikovsky. Featuring a massive cast and numerous technical advancements, the show promises to create an unforgettable ballet experience!
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why watch george balanchine's the nutcracker
George Balanchine was one of the most influential choreographers of the 20th century and has often been called the father of American ballet. He was a co-founder of the New York City Ballet and served as its Artistic Director for over 35 years. A choreographer known for his musicality, Balanchine collaborated with numerous leading musicians of his generation to express music and dance as a single and interdependent art form. A confluence of Tchaikovsky’s luring music, George Balanchine’s dazzling choreography, and Barbara Karinska’s costume design, The Nutcracker is a masterpiece work of music and dance. The various stage and lighting elements provide grand visual experiences that are unlike any other.
Marie Stahlbaum receives a handsome wooden Nutcracker from her godfather, Here Drosselmeier, on a snowy Christmas evening. She ends up falling asleep on the sofa along with the Nutcracker. Sensing something wrong, she sits up and sees massive mice run into the room. The Christmas tree grows larger and larger, and everything except for her brother's toy soldiers and the Nutcracker, all as big as Marie now, disappears. The Nutcracker, who transforms into a handsome price, slays the Mouse King and his minions, along with his army. He presents Marie with the crown of the Mouse King. They soon find themselves in a beautiful forest and enter the Kingdom of the Sugarplum Fairy. What will Marie and the prince find here? Will she return to her home and family?
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know before you go
Photography and recording devices are strictly prohibited during the performance
Children under the age of 5 are not allowed in the theater
The David H. Koch Theatre has a seating capacity of 2586
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in the Theater District
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theatre is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.
Please display your mobile voucher at the venue along with a valid photo ID to gain entry.