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December 14, 1990 | JUANA ANDERSON/ DAILY NEWS
The Pennsylvania Ballet's annual holiday spectacle, "The Nutcracker," opens tonight at the Academy of Music for 31 performances - the most ever here - and continues through Jan. 6. The holiday treat has become a Philadelphia tradition. Tickets: $10-$60. Information: 893-1999.
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November 28, 1986 | By BEN YAGODA, Daily News Movie Critic
"Nutcracker: The Motion Picture," a film version of Tchaikovsky's ballet starring Hugh Bigney, Vanessa Sharp, Patricia Barker and Wade Walthall. Directed by Carroll Ballard. Conceived by Kent Stowell and Maurice Sendak. Choreographed by Kent Stowell. Running time: 90 minutes. An Atlantic release. At area theaters. In the final analysis, Nutcracker: The Question is more a matter of consumer strategy than esthetic merit. Nutcracker: The Question is, Should you take your kids to "Nutcracker: The Motion Picture," playing at local theaters, or "The Nutcracker: The Ballet," playing (from Dec. 17 to Dec. 31)
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December 3, 2006 | Inquirer staff
What it is: What would the holiday season be without the timeless classic? The Narberth-based Pages to Pirouettes will perform the Tchaikovsky ballet Saturday at St. Asaph's Church in Bala Cynwyd. Storyline: Young Marie gets a special present - a toy nutcracker - at her family's holiday party. That night, she dreams of a journey to the Land of the Sweets, where she meets the Sugar Plum Fairy and an Arabian princess. Background: The nonprofit Pages to Pirouettes is in its 11th year.
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January 11, 2005 | By Peter Dobrin INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Attendance for the Pennsylvania Ballet's production of The Nutcracker once again slipped ever so slightly this season. Though houses at the Academy of Music ran at 70 percent sold (counting only unobstructed-view seats), the same as last year, the number of performances was down by three, and Nutcracker income crucial to the company fell by about 4 percent. Last month, the ballet performed its Tchaikovsky-Balanchine classic 25 times, generating revenue of $1,940,000, down from last year's $2,015,070.
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November 26, 1989 | By Nancy Reuter, Special to The Inquirer
Mice, snowflakes, dewdrops and the Sugar Plum Fairy will be taking center stage in Glassboro Friday, as Ballet South presents its fifth annual production of Tchaikovsky's classic ballet, The Nutcracker, in Wilson Concert Hall at Glassboro State College. The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara, who receives a nutcracker doll for Christmas. Through the wizardy of the magician Drosselmeyer, the nutcracker is transformed into a real prince, who takes Clara on a journey through magical lands and introduces her to the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Snow King and other characters.
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December 4, 1996 | Inquirer photographs by Vicki Valerio
And there shall be lights tonight at the Academy of Music, as Mayor Rendell lights the music hall's Christmas tree. Assisting in the 4 p.m. festivities will be cast members of the Pennsylvania Ballet's "Nutcracker. " Performances of the holiday extravaganza "Nutcracker," which opens at the Academy on Saturday, are being sponsored by The Inquirer and Daily News.
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December 14, 1986 | By Kate Shatzkin, Special to The Inquirer
Most children their age are occupied with the anticipation of Santa and presents. But three Main Line girls who will perform The Nutcracker with the Pennsylvania Ballet this month have steps and measured counts, instead of sugarplums, dancing in their heads. The traditional holiday ballet, based on a story by E. T. A. Hoffmann with music by Tchaikovsky, is performed annually by the ballet company at the Academy of Music. This year, as usual, more than 100 children from the Pennsylvania Ballet School will dance in the production.
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November 16, 1990 | By Anita Myette, Inquirer Staff Writer
The rooms of seven historic mansions in Fairmount Park will be decked out with scenes from that classic chestnut The Nutcracker during this year's holiday open house. Visitors to the mansions will see "Clara's Dream," the "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy," "The Waltz of the Flowers" and four other Nutcracker scenes as interpreted by area garden clubs. Daytime tours will run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Nov. 30 through Dec. 9. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under, and are available at any of the houses, the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, sponsor of the annual event.
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December 3, 1989 | By Denise Breslin Kachin, Special to The Inquirer
If ballets were holidays, The Nutcracker would be Christmas. The timeless story of Clara and her uncle, Herr Drosselmeyer, and his gift of the nutcracker, set to Tchaikovsky's score, has delighted audiences since its premiere in Russia in the mid-1800s. "Christmas is The Nutcracker. It is actually taken from E. T. Hoffman's 'Tale of the Nutcracker and the Mouse King,' " said Christine Harrison. Harrison is the director of The Nutcracker production staged by the Chester County Ballet Company, which she runs with her sister Deborah and her mother, Louise.
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December 10, 2004 | By TOM DI NARDO For the Daily News
Tchaikovsky's ballet "The Nutcracker" is as much of a holiday tradition as pumpkin pie and glittery tree ornaments. Maybe that's why Pennsylvania Ballet is presenting the show 25 times this season. The composer never cared much for his ballet score, compared to "Swan Lake" and "Sleeping Beauty," but the public has made this music as familiar as anything in the repertory. It's one of those pieces you may have seen before, but as soon as the overture begins and the curtain goes up, you're transported into that magical world as if for the first time.
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January 18, 2015 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Under many circumstances, the Philadelphia Orchestra's St. Petersburg Festival might seem like a desperate attempt to coax music lovers out of their warm homes and into the Kimmel Center with programs that dip deep into Russian crowd-pleasing repertoire, such as a suite from The Nutcracker . Yet on Thursday, the first installment of this multiweek festival more than pulled its artistic weight, thanks to thoughtfully positioned Tchaikovsky and...
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December 29, 2014 | By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer
Jordan Matter is a one-man flash mob - with a camera. On a frosty Monday in early December, Matter and two dancers from the Pennsylvania Ballet and one from BalletX are pinballing around downtown, politely commandeering Santa's seat in City Hall's courtyard, an entire block of Addison Street, and a divider in the middle of South Broad Street - during rush hour. See it. Feel it. Shoot it. That's how Matter works. The eye behind the lens of Dancers Among Us , a 2012 New York Times best seller and an Oprah Magazine best book, says his process "relies on serendipity.
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December 10, 2014 | By Ellen Dunkel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania Ballet has undergone great change in recent months - a new artistic director, new ballet masters, new dancers, and more. One had to wonder: Would the beloved winter classic George Balanchine's The Nutcracker look different too when it opened Saturday at the Academy of Music? The once-a-year balletgoer may not notice the changes, because the Balanchine choreography must be kept as the great choreographer set it 60 years ago, only allowing for alterations he later made or would have approved.
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December 29, 2013 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
An almost universal first reaction to entering David Abers and Richard Loatman's home is amazement, tinged with sensory overload. Their house, on a street in Trenton's Mill Hill section reminiscent of Society Hill, overflows with charm and intriguing architectural details. With nutcrackers, too. It all began innocently, as so many collections do. An aunt and uncle temporarily living in Germany sent Abers, their stateside nephew, a traditional wooden-soldier nutcracker as a Christmas present when he was about 12. "It happened that they had become friendly with Mark Spitz, the Olympian, and he actually guided them to the place they found my present," Abers remembers, "so that definitely gave it even more allure.
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December 13, 2013
WHAT HAPPENS when the classic strains of Russian composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky are blended with a cartoon show that is a hit with the preschool crowd? The answer can be found tomorrow at Upper Darby's Tower Theater, which is hosting two performances of "Max & Ruby in the Nutcracker Suite. " While most folks are probably aware of "The Nutcracker," you likely don't know Max and Ruby unless you are the parent of young ones. For the uninitiated, the two are the stars of "Max & Ruby," which airs on cable's Nick Jr. channel.
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December 11, 2013 | By Nancy G. Heller, For The Inquirer
In some circles it is fashionable to pooh-pooh The Nutcracker as an insubstantial holiday treat, suitable only for stage-struck little girls and their doting mothers. But (a) what's wrong with escapism, especially at this time of the year? And (b) Pennsylvania Ballet's annual production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker - at the Academy of Music through Dec. 29 - offers two hours' worth of sheer theatrical magic, something no one should ever feel too old, or too serious, to enjoy.
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December 12, 2012 | By Ellen Dunkel, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Pennsylvania Ballet opened its 25th season of performing George Balanchine's full-length Nutcracker Saturday at the Academy of Music, there undoubtedly were people in the audience who were seeing it for the 25th year in a row. So what's to return for after all this time? Like a favorite holiday movie, repeat viewings only add to the comfort and joy. Even when you know what's coming, you're likely to get chills when it begins to snow onstage. And unlike, say, White Christmas or Love Actually , you'll see different things each time as the casting changes.
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December 7, 2012
HOLIDAZE Sugarplum visions Pennsylvania Ballet begins its 25th annual "Nutcracker," with magnificent choreography by George Balanchine and visual treats to charm every heart. Academy of Music, Broad and Locust streets, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, performances through Dec. 30, $20-$135, 215-893-1999, paballet.org. Seasonal sounds The ageless Peter Nero revisits a number of songs of the season in his yearly Holiday POPS! Concert. (Among the voices: The Philadelphia Boys Choir, African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Gospel Choir, Capathia Jenkins.)
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December 7, 2012 | By Ellen Dunkel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Every December, sugarplums dance through the heads of people who may never see dance the rest of the year. The dozens of dancing children, charming Victorian scenes, Tchaikovsky music, and snow wafting on stage make Nutcracker a holiday standard so many love to see year after year. And ballet companies and schools love them back. "It's the anchor for our whole season," said Donna Muzio, artistic director of the Brandywine Ballet in West Chester and director of the Dance Center, the company's school.
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January 22, 2012 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Culture Writer
In the early aughts, nervous dance companies were looking over their shoulders at the gathering holiday-time competition. As inhabitants of that lucrative calendar slot, productions of The Nutcracker had long been cash cows. But with Disneys on Ice and Christmas-theme theater productions multiplying, it looked as if Nutcracker revenue might take a hit. It hasn't turned out that way, at least locally. Pennsylvania Ballet's production of the Tchaikovsky/Balanchine ballet closed Dec. 31, earning about as much as it did last year.
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