How was your experience?
i have seen 14+ nutcrackers since i was a child. this would rank in the middle. the dancing was excellent, the sets were excellent, but it was missing the most important element (for me) - the dance of the sugar plum fairies with the accompanying music form that dance. they did have some fairies dancing with princes, but it wasn't the same. they also had far more childish elements/characters parading around in costumes on stage than i am used to. it felt more childish and really detracted from the otherwise beautiful dancing. this is no fault of the production, but the Wiltern was AWFUL! it was dirty from top to bottom and was not a traditional theater - the seats were all barstools and hard chairs grouped together on dance floors and it was very difficult to concentrate on the performance beacause the Wiltern allows entry at any point during the show, so 40 minutes into the ballet people were still streaming in - terrible venue