Nominees Announced for 11th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award

Goldstar has announced the nominees for the 11th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award.

2016 Winner: Colorado Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

“This is the only award honoring live performances of The Nutcracker nationwide,” says Goldstar CEO, Jim McCarthy. “The nominees showcase what make this award so special. They all represent a wide variety of genres, styles and creative themes. It’s always exciting to see which one will be named ‘best loved’ Nutcracker in the U.S.”

Nominees include well-known ballet companies like the San Francisco Ballet, Miami City Ballet and the three-time Goldstar National Nutcracker Award-winning Joffrey Ballet. There are also more unusual tellings of the holiday classic, such as Nutcracker Rouge from award-winning creator Austin McCormick and his gender-bending troupe, Company XIV. There’s also The Hip Hop Nutcracker, which replaces pas de duex with poppin’ and lockin’ and features ’80s rap icon MC Kurtis Blow. And The MeshugaNutcracker! which combines Tchaikovsky’s score and Chanukah lore.

The complete list of nominees for the 11th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award can be found here. And, locally nominated productions can be viewed here.

The winner of the Goldstar National Nutcracker Award is determined by audience ratings from people who attended 2017 Nutcracker productions through Goldstar. The show with the highest overall rating earns “The Nutty” statuette and a cash prize to go toward the winner’s education program. The winner of this year’s award will be announced on December 20, 2017.

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