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Live From Lincoln Center: The Nutcracker at NYC Ballet

By Michelle Michalos
Friday, December 9th, 2011
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Photo courtesy of Paul Kolnik

Next week, Live From Lincoln Center gets into the holiday spirit with New York City Ballet’s take on the holiday favorite, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.

Set to Tchaikovsky’s score, Balanchine’s Nutcracker features New York City Ballet’s roster of more than 150 dancers and musicians, as well as two alternating casts of 50 children from the School of American Ballet, the New York City Ballet’s official school. In addition to Balanchine’s choreography, the work features scenery by Rouben Ter-Arutunian, costumes by Karinska and lighting by Mark Stanley, after the original design by Ronald Bates.

The live television broadcast will be hosted by School of American Ballet board member Chelsea Clinton, who danced several roles in the ballet with Ballet Arkansas from 1985-1992 and then the Washington Ballet from 1993-1996. In a Lincoln Center first, the program will also bring the holiday classic to service men and women around the world via a Christmas Eve re-broadcast on the American Forces Network.

Live From Lincoln Center‘s presentation of The Nutcracker at the New York City Ballet premieres Wednesday, December 14 at 8 p.m. on THIRTEEN.

Watch a preview:


  • Rita brandt

    An amazing treat for the season

  • Persephone Nadal

    Finally the NYC Ballet Nutcracker will be televised! What a treat!

  • Kathy

    Thrilled, I was there last Wednesday with my grandson and daughter, it was absolutly wonderful!!
    Looking so forward to seein git agin on 13!!

  • Mike Pennotti

    Got home late and only caught the second act. Will this be rebroadcast?

  • Meryl

    Missed the middle of the program twice last night, but the parts I did see were spectacular. I’m hoping it will be rebroadcast.

  • J. Chapman

    I had the opportunity to watch the entire New York City Ballet production on my local PBS station and true to form it didn’t disappoint. However, I would like to point out that the commentary and interviews supplied during the performance gave an inordinate amount of credit to George Balanchine’s choreography to the exclusion of Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. Balanchine wasn’t the first to choreograph Nutcracker and probably won’t be the last, so let’s give credit where credit is due and call it simply The Nutcracker. For a different interpretation, and my favorite, I recommend the 1977 Baryshnikov performance with Gelsey Kirkland which appeared for years on PBS and now is available on DVD.

  • T. Gallagher

    What are the chances of this becoming available on DVD?

  • C.Daley

    What an opportunity to see this beautiful ballet.
    Even on T.V. it was breathtaking! Will it be on again? DVD?

  • M. Thompson

    This was a spectacular performance. Can this be purchased on DVD anywhere? Will it be re-broadcast?

  • Linda Monroe

    How about a response to all of us requesting to know when Balanchine’s Nutcracker will be rebroadcast and/or where a DVD can be purchsed. Indeed it was a treat!

  • C. Pearson

    Would like to purchase a dvd of the Nutcracker for my granddaughter who has just started ballet. I enjoyed it immensely and am re she would love to see it. Will a dvd be availale?

  • bec

    I’m hoping to purchase a DVD as well. This was wonderful!

  • Leif

    i also would like to get a dvd. Our 4 year old daughter is absolutely in love with it. We DVRed it and she watches it 4 or 5 times a week.

  • Alyssa

    @ Leif, my 10 month old loves this. We watch it everyday, more than once, but unfortunately we were only able to record half of it due to bad signal connection for our antenna. I would love to have the whole performance for him! If you could contact me at tubachikk at yahoo I have a favor to ask of you!

    It was beautiful, what we got to see of it, I’m sure the first half is excellent as well!

  • Albert

    It won’t be made available on DVD, unless PBS sees the error of its ways. None of the “Live From Lincoln Center” programs ever are, except the Metropolitan Opera telecasts or the “Great Performances” ones (like “Candide” with Kristin Chenoweth.
    The Balanchine “Nutcracker” wasn’t even telecast in our area (Atlanta, Ga.). All we had were endless repeats of “Celtic Woman”, Andrea Bocelli, and all those **** self-help gurus like Suze Orman! So here, in Atlanta, we’ve never seen “The Nutcracker” from Lincoln Center, although the Atlanta Ballet used to do the Balanchine version live.

  • Mary Holt

    When and how can I obtain a DVD of the 2011 George Balanchine Nutcracker? My grandchildren just loved the performance, as did the rest of our family.