NEW YORK CITY BALLET PRESENTS GEORGE BALANCHINE’S THE NUTCRACKER™

November 10, 2011

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NEW YORK CITY BALLET PRESENTS GEORGE BALANCHINE’S THE NUTCRACKER™

The Nutcracker

NYCB to Present 47 Performances of the Holiday Classic from November 25 through December 31

This year New York City Ballet will present 47 performances of the holiday classic George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, from Friday, November 25, through Saturday, December 31, at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

This production, which premiered on February 2, 1954, at the City Center of Music and Drama in New York, helped to establish The Nutcracker and its score as perennial favorites in the United States, evident by the now countless versions of the ballet performed all over the country. NYCB’s beloved production is seen by more than 100,000 people annually and has been performed more than 2,000 times.

Set to Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky’s glorious score, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ features choreography by Balanchine, scenery by Rouben Ter-Arutunian, costumes by Karinska, and lighting by Mark Stanley, after the original design by Ronald Bates. The production includes the Company’s entire roster of more than 150 dancers and musicians, as well as two alternating casts of 50 children from the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet.

Highlights of this world-renowned holiday production include a one-ton Christmas tree that grows from 12 to 40 feet, an onstage snowstorm, and hundreds of elaborate costumes, including one for Mother Ginger that measures nine feet wide and weighs 85 pounds. The production’s grand finale involves one million watts of lighting, the most used in any New York City Ballet production.

Ticket prices start at $29 and New York City Ballet also offers a Sweet Seat VIP Package, which includes a premium center Orchestra seat, a complimentary souvenir book, and 15 percent off purchases at the NYCB Gift Shop. Plus, for every two Sweet Seat tickets purchased, audience members will receive a coupon for one complimentary keepsake photo taken with a character from George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™.

Tickets are currently on sale online at nycballet.com, in person at the theater box office, and by phone at (212) 496-0600. For more information about tickets to any New York City Ballet performance, call (212) 870-5570 or visit New York City Ballet’s website. The David H. Koch Theater is located on the Lincoln Center Plaza at Columbus Avenue and 63rd Street.

The performance on Tuesday, December 13 at 6pm will be broadcast live in high definition to over 500 movie theatres nationwide.

NEW YORK CITY BALLET’S ACCLAIMED PRODUCTION OF GEORGE BALANCHINE’S THE NUTCRACKER™ TO BE PRODUCED BY LINCOLN CENTER FOR LIVE BROADCAST BY NCM FATHOM TO SELECT MOVIE THEATERS NATIONWIDE

ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13

Tickets to go on Sale November 18 at Participating Movie Theater Box Offices and Online

New York City Ballet, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and NCM Fathom announced an agreement today to present the Company’s acclaimed production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ in 530 movie theaters in the United States for one night only on Tuesday, December 13. The production will be shown live at 6 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. CT/ 7:30 p.m. MT/PT/HI/AK (tape delay). Produced by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, this program will be broadcast in HD direct from the Center’s New York campus through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network. Tickets will be available beginning Friday, November 18. Visit www.lincolncenter.org or www.nycballet.com to learn more.

In making the announcement, which will mark the first-ever live movie theater broadcast of a New York City Ballet performance, Katherine E. Brown, NYCB’s executive director, said “we are thrilled to bring this beloved holiday production to audiences around the country, in what we hope will be the first of many opportunities to present New York City Ballet’s extraordinary repertory in movie theaters throughout the world.”

Set to Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky’s glorious score, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ features choreography by Balanchine, scenery by Rouben Ter-Arutunian, costumes by Karinska, and lighting by Mark Stanley, after the original design by Ronald Bates. The production features more than 70 New York City Ballet dancers, the 62-piece New York City Ballet Orchestra, and 50 children from the School of American Ballet, the official school of NYCB.

Performed by NYCB every year since its creation, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ is one of the cultural treasures of the holiday season in New York City and is seen by more than 100,000 people annually. Balanchine’s first full-length work for New York City Ballet, The Nutcracker premiered on February 2, 1954. In the following years, live national broadcasts of the NYCB production on CBS’ Seven Lively Arts (1957) and Playhouse 90 (1958) helped to establish The Nutcracker and its score as perennial favorites in the United States

Added Elizabeth Scott, Lincoln Center’s Chief Media and Digital Officer, “Lincoln Center pioneered the use of broadcast media to bring the magic of live performance into households around the country. We’re pleased to take this next step and give movie goers live access to this classic performance, emblematic of the superb offerings on Lincoln Center’s renowned stages.”

“This new agreement gives families the opportunity to experience the prestigious New York City Ballet perform the holiday classic featuring the memorable toy soldiers and Sugar Plum Fairy from the comfort of their local movie theater,” said Dan Diamond, senior vice president of Fathom.

This special holiday presentation is being produced for movie theaters by the award-winning Live From Lincoln Center team that brings live performances to millions of viewers every year.

The performance on Wednesday, December 14 at 8pm will be broadcast live nationally on PBS, by the award winning series Live From Lincoln Center.

LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER PRESENTS “New York City Ballet in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™” Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. on PBS*

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—Tune in to PBS on Wednesday, December 14 at 8:00 p.m.* for the Live From Lincoln Center premiere of New York City Ballet’s beloved holiday favorite, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ from the David H. Koch Theater. Set to Tschaikovsky’s glorious score, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ features New York City Ballet’s dancers and the New York City Ballet Orchestra, as well as 50 children from the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet. The seminal work also features choreography by Balanchine, scenery by Rouben Ter-Arutunian, costumes by Karinska, and lighting by Mark Stanley, after the original design by Ronald Bates.

Balanchine’s renowned production, which premiered on February 2, 1954, at the City Center of Music and Drama in New York, helped to establish The Nutcracker and its score as perennial favorites in the United States, evident by the now countless versions of the ballet performed all over the country. NYCB’s acclaimed production is seen by more than 100,000 people annually and has been performed more than 2,000 times.

For the broadcast, the ballet will be seen from a variety of perspectives, with eight different camera locations capturing the action, which will bring television viewers inside the ballet for a uniquely rich experience.

New York City Ballet is one of the foremost dance companies in the world, with a roster of spectacular dancers and an unparalleled repertory. Now under the artistic direction of Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins, the Company was founded in 1948 by the legendary choreographer George Balanchine and arts patron Lincoln Kirstein, and quickly became world-renowned for its athletic, contemporary style, which revolutionized the ballet world. The Company has also been home to Jerome Robbins, who made more than 50 works for NYCB, as well as to countless other choreographers, composers, dancers and musicians. Widely acknowledged for its enduring contributions to dance, NYCB is committed to promoting creative excellence and nurturing a new generation of dancers and choreographers.

Live From Lincoln Center is in its 36th broadcast season and has received 13 Emmy Awards. Produced by Lincoln Center’s John Goberman, this series has made the world’s greatest artists on Lincoln Center’s renowned stages accessible to home viewers in virtually every corner of the United States. It is the only series of live performing arts telecasts on American television today.

Live From Lincoln Center is made possible by a major grant from MetLife.

* Check local listings

 

NEW YORK CITY BALLET

PRINCIPAL CASTING FOR NOVEMBER 25 – 27, 2011

GEORGE BALANCHINE’S THE NUTCRACKER

 

FRIDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 25, 8:00 PM (Conductor: Sill)

SUGARPLUM: Mearns; CAVALIER: J. Stafford; DEWDROP: T. Peck; HERR DROSSELMEIER: La Fosse+;

MARZIPAN: Pereira; HOT CHOCOLATE: Pollack, Alberda; COFFEE: Pazcoguin; TEA: Schumacher;

CANDY CANE: Suozzi; MOTHER GINGER: Dieck; FLOWERS: King, Laracey; DOLLS: Bachman, Adams;

SOLDIER: Villalobos; MOUSE KING: Thew; DR & FRAU STAHLBAUM: Hankes, Tworzyanski

SATURDAY MATINEE, NOVEMBER 26, 2:00 PM (Conductor: Otranto)

SUGARPLUM: M. Fairchild; CAVALIER: De Luz; DEWDROP: Bouder; HERR DROSSELMEIER: Hendrickson;

MARZIPAN: T. Peck; HOT CHOCOLATE: *Scheller, Danchig-Waring; COFFEE: Reichlen; TEA: Carmena;

CANDY CANE: Ulbricht; MOTHER GINGER: Scordato; FLOWERS: Krohn, Lowery; DOLLS: Brown, Manzi;

SOLDIER: Huxley; MOUSE KING: J. Peck; DR & FRAU STAHLBAUM: Muller, la Cour

SATURDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 26, 8:00 PM (Conductor: Sill)

SUGARPLUM: Hyltin; CAVALIER: Veyette; DEWDROP: Reichlen; HERR DROSSELMEIER: Kramarevsky;

MARZIPAN: Dronova; HOT CHOCOLATE: Sell, Catazaro; COFFEE: Gilliland; TEA: Ippolito;

CANDY CANE: Peiffer; MOTHER GINGER: Thew; FLOWERS: LeCrone, Smith; DOLLS: Villwock, Segin;

SOLDIER: Paradiso; MOUSE KING: *Dieck; DR & FRAU STAHLBAUM: Anderson, J. Peck

SUNDAY MATINEE, NOVEMBER 27, 1:00 PM (Conductor: Figueroa+)

SUGARPLUM: Mearns; CAVALIER: J. Stafford; DEWDROP: T. Peck; HERR DROSSELMEIER: La Fosse+;

MARZIPAN: Pereira; HOT CHOCOLATE: Pollack, Alberda; COFFEE: Pazcoguin; TEA: Schumacher;

CANDY CANE: Suozzi; MOTHER GINGER: Dieck; FLOWERS: King, Laracey; DOLLS: Bachman, Adams;

SOLDIER: Villalobos; MOUSE KING: Thew; DR & FRAU STAHLBAUM: Hankes, Tworzyanski

SUNDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 27, 5:00 PM (Conductor: LaMarche+)

SUGARPLUM: Hyltin; CAVALIER: Veyette; DEWDROP: Reichlen; HERR DROSSELMEIER: Kramarevsky;

MARZIPAN: Dronova; HOT CHOCOLATE: Sell, Catazaro; COFFEE: Gilliland; TEA: Ippolito;

CANDY CANE: Peiffer; MOTHER GINGER: Thew; FLOWERS: LeCrone, Smith; DOLLS: Villwock, Segin;

SOLDIER: Paradiso; MOUSE KING: Dieck; DR & FRAU STAHLBAUM: Anderson, J. Peck

* First Time in Role + Guest Artist

PROGRAM AND CASTING SUBJECT TO CHANGE (11/08/11)

The press nights for the 2011 season of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ will be Friday, November 25, at 8:00 pm and Tuesday, December 6 at 6:00 pm.

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