Company XIV’s Nutcracker Rouge Wins 11th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award

Company XIV has won the 11th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award, the only award which honors live performances of the seasonal classic. As winner of the audience-favorite competition, Company XIV takes home “The Nutty” statuette, a cash prize for its education/accessibility programs, and is named the best-loved Nutcracker in the U.S. for 2017.

This production competed in the largest field of nominees in the Award’s history — it beat out over 85 other Nutcracker-themed productions for the win.

“Wow! I’m thrilled that members of Goldstar loved Nutcracker Rouge,” says Company XIV Artistic Director Austin McCormick. “We’re so honored to receive the ‘Nutty’ and wish a happy Nutcracker season to all!”

For 11 years, The Goldstar National Nutcracker Award has been the only nationwide award for live Nutcracker-themed performances, showcasing the astounding quality and variety of Nutcracker productions each year — from classic ballet to hip-hop, burlesque and more. The competition is based solely on Goldstar purchasers’ post-show ratings to rank Nutcracker productions in order of audience favorite.

“It’s always exciting to see which production of the Nutcracker really resonated with our members each year and this show created a big buzz,” says Goldstar CEO Jim McCarthy. “The votes were tallied and this is the best of the best. So, we’d like to congratulate the entire company and crew of Company XIV for their remarkable work.”

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