When “The Nutcracker” premiered in America in the 1940s, the holiday show became a perennial favorite and a reliable moneymaker for big and small ballet companies around the country. Since then, Tchaikovsky’s ballet has been re-imagined innumerable times, customized to suit local tastes and traditions. Continue reading
The Nutcracker is the cash cow of ballets, with performances raising between a third to the entire amount of a company’s annual budget. Companies big and small put their own spin on their productions to differentiate it from others nearby or connect to the culture of their community.