The Nutcracker is a timeless holiday production that has enchanted generations. The magical Land of Sweets comes to life on stage, with sprawling sets and lavish costumes. Tchaikovsky’s legendary score provides the backdrops for the characters and dancers. The Nutcracker follows Clara and her precious nutcracker gift, as well as her ensuing dreamlike adventures. The Pennsylvania Ballet will perform the classic favorite throughout the month of December at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia.
George Balanchine was one of the most prominent choreographers of the 20th century. He is considered the father of American ballet and he co-founded the New York City Ballet. In 1955 he created his version of The Nutcracker and originally played the role of Drosselmeyer; this version of the production is still performed every year in New York City during Christmastime.
The Academy of Music, or the “Grand Old Lady of Locust Street,” is a concert hall and opera house that was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1962. It was built between 1855 and 1857, and is the oldest opera house in the United States that is still used for its original purpose. It is home to the Pennsylvania Ballet and Opera Philadelphia.
December 9 – 31
Academy of Music
240 S. Broad Street