A Sweet Tradition Returns
As the stockings are hung this holiday season, with festive lights all aglow, there's no doubt that visions of sugarplums will dance through your head. For many, the traditional tale of The Nutcracker is as much a part of the holidays as Christmas trees and mistletoe. Accompanied by Tchaikovsky's famous score, it returns once again to the stages of Manhattan. The ballet unfolds with the timeless tale of Clara and her dolls, set in the magical dream world, Kingdom of the Sweets, where a battle between the Nutcracker army and the Mouse King's army takes place. Relive the excitement or introduce the holiday classic to your children at any of these theaters, where the music, dance, costume, and sets will bring the story to life.
George Balanchine's The NutcrackerTM. Through Sunday, January 3, 2010. $15 and up. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, West 62nd-65th between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues. 212-721-6500. www.nycballet.com.
The 25th anniversary of The Nutcracker by New York Theatre Ballet. December 11 at 10am; December 12-13 at 11am, 1 and 3:30pm; December 19-20 at 11am, 1 and 3:30pm. $30; $25 children. Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street (between Madison and Park). 212-307-4100. www.nytb.org.
Nutcracker in the Lower by the Urban Ballet Theater. Through December 5. $20; $15 family of four or more; $10 groups of 20 or more. Abrons Arts Center Henry Street Settlement, 466 Grand Street. 212-598-0400. www.henrystreet.org.
The Klezmer Nutcracker. December 5-January 3, 2010. $25. Vital Theatre Company, 2162 Broadway at 76th Street, 4th floor. 212-579-0528. www.vitaltheatre.org.
For more holiday activities and events for kids and families, check out December's Manhattan Calendar Highlights.