The Joffrey Ballet’s The Nutcracker Named Best-Loved Nutcracker in the Nation

“The Joffrey Ballet’s long-running version of The Nutcracker has once again won the Goldstar National Nutcracker Award,” reports Mark Kennedy, AP Drama Writer (@KennedyTwits). Kennedy continues in this Yahoo article: “The Chicago-based show beat out more than 106 other Nutcracker-themed productions to win the 9th annual audience-favorite prize, which includes a cash prize for its education programs. This third win makes The Joffrey Ballet the most decorated show in the competition’s nine years.” How does a production win the Nutty? …

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Spotlight On … Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker

\”The Nutcracker”: Robert Joffrey’s beloved classic with the Chicago PhilharmonicJoffrey Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, Robert Joffrey’s beloved classic with the Chicago Philharmonic, will take the stage one last time for its final season, from December 4 to 27, at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre. One of Chicago’s most popular holiday traditions now in its 28th year, Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker has won the Goldstar National Nutcracker Award — the only award honoring live performances of the holiday classic — twice. How …

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Found: Another “Nutcracker” Lover Like Us

I found this article about dance choreographer Alexei Ratmansky quite fascinating. Sarah Crompton, the author of the piece, says, “If Alexei Ratmansky were a film director he would be as famous as Martin Scorsese.” I’m also excited, in his work at American Ballet Theatre, that he sees the importance of productions of The Nutcracker. Crompton quotes him as saying, “Christmas, presents, sweets, toys coming to life, scary mice, boys and girls on stage — all appeal to children.” Some people …

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