Urban Nutcracker: BalletRox Brings Contemporary Rhythms to the Classic Ballet
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The last date listed for Urban Nutcracker 2011 was Saturday December 17, 2011 / 7:30pm.
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Riffing on The Wizard of Oz but based in Chinese folklore, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a magical adventure with a lot of heart. It's the story of Minli, the daughter of poor farmers who barely scrape by. Inspired by her father's tales and a magic goldfish, Minli sets off to find the Old Man of the Moon and learn the secret of good fortune. Along the way she encounters royalty, dragons and fantastic stories, and through them she learns what good fortune really means. Based on the 2010 Newbery Honors book, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a beautifully-told fantasy that will keep kids entranced as they join Minli on her journey. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Goldstar Member
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I really enjoyed this play. It was a fabulous interpretation of the traditional Christmas classic, blending Tchaikovsky's classical masterpieces with Duke Ellington's jazzy beats. The kids seemed to be having a blast and the adult performers were incredibly talented.
The only two parts that bothered me were the role of the godfather's magician assistant and the hula hoop dance. The assistant was just kinda creepy and seemed to be given waaaaaaay too much screen time. He was just distracting. The hula hoop dance seemed out of place and had a lot of kinks in it. Maybe it's a new addition? The main dancer was also constantly prodding the audience to clap which was a bit obnoxious.
Everyone else was really great. The main ballerina was beautiful and graceful. I really liked that she was a physically strong but graceful woman rather than the traditional lithe ballerina. Also, the added ending is amazing! I teared up and it completely made the show for me. Go see it!
Quotes & Highlights
- Check out the great <a target="_blank" href="http://www.goldstar.com/events/boston-ma/urban-nutcracker-1">reviews </a>Goldstar members gave last year's performance.
- View <a target="_blank" href="http://www.mediationway.org/">the trailer</a> for a 2007 documentary about <em>Urban Nutcracker</em>.
Anthony Williams brings his Urban Nutcracker to Wheelock Family Theatre. This holiday classic jump starts the traditional Ballet with inner city edginess and features the professional BalletRox dance company and over 80 local children. The Urban Nutcracker follows the story line of Hoffman's original 19th century fairy tale but is set in contemporary Boston and fuses seasonal tradition with contemporary innovation. Ballet, swing, hip-hop, and tap will interpret music from Tchaikovsky to Ellington.