Battle of the Nutcrackers

I just find it so odd that they would make something as benign and fluffy as the Nutcracker sound so aggressive. BATTLE OF THE NUTCRACKERS-THIS SUNDAY AT THE COW PALACE (echoing sounds)…It’s just like "Monster Monster Trucks, this Sunday at the Cow Palace…"

In seriousness though, I’ll probably watch.




Viewers Vote for Favorite Production at;
Viewers’ Choice Winner Revealed On-Air on Christmas

Lineup Includes "The Nutcracker" Productions by
Matthew Bourne,
Mark Morris, George Balanchine, and the Bolshoi Ballet

The contenders:

Sunday, December 2, 8PM ET/PT (with encore

Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker!
In this
special television version of Matthew Bourne’s contemporary interpretation of
Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker the classic is re-imagined through the
inventive set and costume design of Andrew Ward and music direction of Brett
Morris. The production follows Clara on a hilariously bleak Christmas Eve at an
Orphanage to a magically whimsical world of Sweetieland where she passes through
Oliver Twist, the Ice Capades and the kaleidoscopic fantasy of Busby Berkeley
musicals. Adam Galbraith, trained at London Contemporary Dance School, stars in
the title role while Etta Murfitt plays Clara. Shot for television by Tony
Award-winning director-choreographer Matthew Bourne.

Monday, December
3, 8PM ET/PT (with encore presentations)

Bolshoi Ballet: The

The Bolshoi Ballet revives the classic Christmas
production of The Nutcracker, which was first performed at the Bolshoi
Theatre in Moscow in 1919. This production of the ballet features the entire
Tchaikovsky score, including the Waltz of the Snowflakes and the Pas De Deux of
the Sugar-Plum Fairy and the Prince. Choreographer Yuri Grigorovich focuses on
the pure dancing skills of Bolshoi principal dancers Natalya Arkhipova and Irek

Tuesday, December 4, 8PM ET/PT (with encore

Mark Morris: The Hard Nut
Mark Morris
sets his production in 1960s American suburbia. With modern characters like G.I.
Joe and Barbie Dolls, and dances including the polka, hokey pokey, stroll and
the waltz, Hard Nut is an updated and playful changeup on the classic.
The presentation was shot by acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning director Matthew

Wednesday, December 4, 8PM ET/PT (with encore

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

Macaulay Culkin stars in the title role of the first feature film of
"The Nutcracker." Directed by Academy Award®-winning director Emile Ardolino,
featuring Darci Kistler and narrated by Kevin Kline, this Peter Martins staging
of the classic fairytale follows the original George Balanchine


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