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10 Things You Never Knew About The Nutcracker

1
Rumor has it that the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy got its treasured melody from a bet Tchaikovsky made with a friend: Write a piece based on the sequential notes of the scale.
2
There’s a 33-foot-tall fully functional nutcracker in Germany that holds the Guinness record for largest in the world.
3
A 3D Nutcracker hit the theaters a few years ago, minus the ballet dancing and much of the story, but with Tchaikovsky's music and new lyrics by Tim Rice. It cost $90 million to make and was a flop.
4
With enough room under it for a party of eight, Mother Ginger’s skirt is one of the most difficult costumes in ballet—and also one of the most stunning. You can actually buy one ready-made on eBay for just under $1,800.
5
For more than 20 years, the theme for the Boston Bruins hockey team was the "Nutty,” an instrumental rock version of The Nutcracker’s “March.”
6
Dan Myers set a world record for Fastest 40-Yard Dash While Carrying a 57-Pound Nutcracker.
7
A 1993 Nutcracker film by the New York City Ballet starred a 13-year-old Macaulay Culkin as the Nutcracker/Prince.
8
The Nutcracker was the first ballet to use the celesta, a keyboard instrument that produces a heavenly (or “celestial”) sound, like bells. Tchaikovsky had discovered the celesta in Paris and rushed it home in secret so he could be the first to use it in a show.
9
You can see more than 6,000 creative nutcrackers—everything from a metal monkey to a wooden bust of Shakespeare -- at the Leavenworth (Wash.) Nutcracker Museum.
10
Choreographer George Balanchine’s 1954 production of The Nutcracker popularized the ballet thanks to the 40-foot Christmas tree that “grew” on stage. It also nearly bankrupted the New York City Ballet.

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The Nutcracker: Puppets, Songs & More in House Theatre's Ballet-Free Adaptation
Chopin Theatre Mainstage
Chicago, IL
The Nutcracker: Musical Adaptation of Holiday Favorite
Marriott Theatre
Lincolnshire, IL
The Nutcracker: BalletNova's Beloved Holiday Tradition
Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre
Arlington, VA
The Nutcracker: Performed by the San Francisco Youth Ballet Theatre
Mercy High School Theatre
San Francisco, CA
Ruth Page Civic Ballet's The Nutcracker
Northeastern Illinois University Auditorium
Chicago, IL
Oregon Ballet Theatre Dances The Nutcracker
Keller Auditorium
Portland, OR
Long Beach Ballet's The Nutcracker With Full Symphony Orchestra
Long Beach Performing Arts Center, Terrace Theater
Long Beach, CA
Atlanta Ballet's Nutcracker at The Fabulous Fox
Fox Theatre
Atlanta, GA
Colorado Ballet's The Nutcracker: An Unforgettable Holiday Tradition
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Denver, CO
The Nutcracker Springs to Life With New West Ballet
Poway Center for the Performing Arts
Poway, CA
The Washington Ballet's The Nutcracker, Set in Historic Georgetown
Warner Theatre
Washington, DC
The Nutcracker: Longest-Running Production in L.A.
The Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center
Santa Monica, CA
The Nutcracker: Magical and Beloved Holiday Ballet From Ballet Theatre of Maryland
Bowie Center for the Performing Arts
Bowie, MD
The Nutcracker: Annual Spectacular From the American Repertory Ballet
Patriots Theater at the War Memorial
Trenton, NJ
Nutcracker (not so) Suite Dances Through '60s New York
The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts
Minneapolis, MN
Madcap Family Show Nutz Re-Mixed Brings Holidays to Life
Hammer Theatre Center
San Jose, CA
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
Rosemont Theatre
Rosemont, IL
The Hip Hop Nutcracker With MC Kurtis Blow
United Palace Theatre
New York, NY
José Mateo's The Nutcracker: Magical New Production
Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre
Boston, MA
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
McFarlin Auditorium
Dallas, TX
Georgia Ballet's The Nutcracker: Experience the Magic
Jennie T. Anderson Theatre - Cobb Civic Center
Marietta, GA
Long Island Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker: 30th Anniversary Edition
Landmark on Main Street
Port Washington, NY
Urban Nutcracker: The Holiday Classic Gets A Soulful Twist
Riverside EpiCenter
Austell, GA
The Nutcracker, Magical Holiday Favorite
Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric
Baltimore, MD
Nutcracker Winter Suite: All-Dance, Abridged Version of Holiday Classic
Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Symphony Space
New York City, NY
The Nutcracker -- Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre's Student Production
Luckman Fine Arts Complex
Los Angeles, CA
The Fairfax Ballet Marches Into the Season With The Nutcracker
W.T. Woodson High School
Fairfax, VA
The Nutcracker: Magical Holiday Ballet
The CenterStage at Reston Community Center
Reston, VA
San Jose Dance Theatre's 51st Annual The Nutcracker
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
San Jose, CA
The Hip Hop Nutcracker: Classic Holiday Tale Remixed
Fox Theatre
Atlanta, GA
A Bur-Less-Q Nutcracker: A Burlesque Holiday Favorite & the 2014 Goldstar National Nutcracker Award Champ
Studio Theatre at the Addison Conference & Theatre Centre
Addison, TX
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker Leaps Into Boston
Orpheum Theatre
Boston, MA
The Yorkville Nutcracker, Set in Old New York
The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
New York, NY
Orange County Ballet Theater's The Nutcracker
Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens
San Clemente, CA
Contra Costa Ballet's Condensed Nutcracker
Lesher Center for the Arts - Hofmann Theater
Walnut Creek, CA
Pacific Northwest Ballet: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
McCaw Hall
Seattle, WA
Southern Ballet Theatre's New Nutcracker
Infinite Energy Center - Theater
Duluth, GA
Gwinnett Ballet Theatre's Cherished Production of The Nutcracker
Infinite Energy Center - Theater
Duluth, GA
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
Kings Theatre - Brooklyn
Brooklyn, NY
The Nutcracker: Beloved Holiday Dance Favorite
Plummer Auditorium
Fullerton, CA
Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker Shocks and Awes
The Triple Door
Seattle, WA
The Nutcracker: Holiday Fave Stars Dancers of All Ages
Alex Theatre
Glendale, CA
The Nutcracker: Magical Holiday Favorite
Phoenix Symphony Hall
Phoenix, AZ
The Nutcracker: Tustin Dance Center's Magical Ballet Featuring Dancers of All Ages
Alexandra Nechita Center for the Performing Arts
Orange, CA
South Bay Ballet's The Nutcracker -- The Holiday Favorite
El Camino College Center for the Arts -- Marsee Auditorium
Torrance, CA
Olney Ballet Theatre Brings The Nutcracker to Life
Olney Theatre Center - Historic Stage
Olney, MD
The Nutcracker: The Anaheim Ballet's Annual Holiday Treat
City National Grove of Anaheim
Anaheim, CA
Holiday Favorite The Nutcracker From City Ballet
Spreckels Theatre
San Diego, CA
The Nutcracker: Acclaimed Production of the Beloved Ballet
Old Town Temecula Community Theater
Temecula, CA
The Nutcracker: Holiday Classic From Coast City Ballet
Huntington Beach Historical Theater
Huntington Beach, CA
Sunrise Ballet's 27th Annual Nutcracker
Servite Theatre
Anaheim, CA
The Nutcracker From Boulder Ballet and Boulder Philharmonic
Macky Auditorium Concert Hall
Boulder, CO
The Nutcracker: San Jose Youth Ballet's Holiday Tradition
Mexican Heritage Plaza
San Jose, CA
Duke Ellington's Jazzy Nutcracker by Aardvark Jazz Orchestra
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Boston, MA
The Nutcracker: The Holiday Favorite From San Diego Ballet
Mandeville Auditorium
La Jolla, CA
Urban Nutcracker: A Fun Modern Update to the Classic Holiday Ballet
Back Bay Events Center - John Hancock Hall
Boston, MA
San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker, Set in the City by the Bay
War Memorial Opera House
San Francisco, CA
The Washington Ballet's The Nutcracker, Set in Historic D.C.
Warner Theatre
Washington, DC
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker Comes to Baltimore
Hippodrome Theatre
Baltimore, MD
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
The Wiltern
Los Angeles, CA
Loyce Houlton's Nutcracker Fantasy Celebrates the Season
State Theatre
Minneapolis, MN
The Nutcracker: Sweeping Holiday Ballet Set to Tchaikovsky
Athenaeum Theatre
Chicago, IL
The Nutcracker Dances Onto the Stage for the Holiday Season
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse
San Gabriel, CA
Oakland Ballet's The Nutcracker by Graham Lustig
Paramount Theatre
Oakland, CA
New Jersey Ballet's The Nutcracker With the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Mayo Performing Arts Center
Morristown, NJ
Holiday Fave The Nutcracker, by SF's City Ballet School Dancers
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
San Francisco, CA
The Nutcracker: A Cherished Holiday Tradition
The Grove Theatre
Upland, CA
The Nutcracker: Holiday Tradition Featuring a Full Symphony
Hopkins High School Performing Arts Center
Minnetonka, MN
The Nutcracker: Holiday Classic by Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
George Mason University's Center for the Arts
Fairfax, VA
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
The Fillmore Miami Beach
Miami, FL
The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker: Debbie Allen's Modern Spin on the Holiday Classic
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Los Angeles, CA
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
The Warfield
San Francisco, CA
The Nutcracker: Holiday Favorite With a Live Orchestra
McAninch Arts Center
Glen Ellyn, IL
The Nutcracker: José Mateo Ballet Theatre's Production of Holiday Fave
Strand Theatre
Dorchester, MA
The Hip Hop Nutcracker With MC Kurtis Blow
New Jersey Performing Arts Center/NJPAC-Prudential Hall
Newark, NJ
The Nutcracker: Magical Holiday Ballet
Roswell Cultural Arts Center
Roswell, GA
Bruce Steivel's Nutcracker With Bay Pointe Ballet Orchestra, Set in St. Petersburg
San Mateo Performing Arts Center
San Mateo, CA
Peninsula Ballet's Magical Nutcracker
Fox Theatre in Redwood City
Redwood City, CA
The Nutcracker With Sets & Costumes by Lion King Designer Richard Hudson
Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Segerstrom Hall
Costa Mesa, CA
The Nutcracker: A Cherished Holiday Treat for All Ages
The Grand
Galveston Island, TX
The Nutcracker: Classic Holiday Ballet Performed With Local Dancers
California Theatre of the Performing Arts
San Bernardino, CA
The Nutcracker: Gelsey Kirkland Ballet's Acclaimed Tradition
GK Arts Center
Brooklyn, NY
Ballethnic's Urban Nutcracker II -- Wonderland
Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center
Decatur, GA
The Nutcracker: Holiday Favorite From California Ballet Company
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Autism- and Sensory-Friendly Performance of The Nutcracker From California Ballet Company
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Toddler-Friendly Performance of The Nutcracker From California Ballet Company
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
George Mason University's Center for the Arts
Fairfax, VA
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
Rialto Center for the Arts
Atlanta, GA
The Hip Hop Nutcracker With MC Kurtis Blow
Rosemont Theatre
Rosemont, IL
Madcap Family Show Nutz Re-Mixed Brings Holidays to Life
Hammer Theatre Center
San Jose, CA
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
Jacobs Music Center
San Diego, CA
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
Flint Center for the Performing Arts
Cupertino, CA
Berkeley Ballet Theater's The Nutcracker: Annual Holiday Classic
Valley Center for the Performing Arts - Regents Theatre
Oakland, CA
The Nutcracker: Holiday Classic From Commonwealth Ballet
Regis College Fine Arts Center
Weston, MA
The Nutcracker & I: Irreverent Holiday Comedy Parodies The Nutcracker
Boca Black Box
Boca Raton, FL
Tchaikovsky's Classic Holiday Ballet The Nutcracker, From Ballet Legere
Lund Auditorium
River Forest, IL
The Nutcracker: Holiday Favorite From Festival Ballet Theatre
Irvine Barclay Theatre
Irvine, CA
Phoenix Youth Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker
Pinnacle High School
Pheonix, AZ
The Nutcracker: Magical and Beloved Holiday Ballet From Ballet Theatre of Maryland
Maryland Hall
Annapolis, MD
American Repertory Ballet's The Nutcracker: Annual Spectacular Returns
McCarter Theatre
Princeton, New Jersey
The Nutcracker: American Repertory Ballet's Annual Spectacular
Union County Performing Arts Center
Rahway, NJ
Beyond the Land of Sweets Blends the Best of The Nutcracker and World Traditions
Herbst Theatre at the San Francisco War Memorial Building
San Francisco, CA
World Premiere Performance of The Nutcracker
Auditorium Theatre
Chicago, IL
The MeshugaNutcracker! Combines Tchaikovsky's Score and Chanukah Lore
Gindi Auditorium at the American Jewish University
Los Angeles, CA
NutcrackOr: Fritz's Dream Celebrates the Holidays & Harvey Milk's Legacy
Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy
San Francisco, CA
The Nutcracker: Holiday Family Favorite
Carlson Theatre
Bellevue, WA
The Hip Hop Nutcracker: Classic Holiday Tale Remixed
Fox Theatre in Redwood City
Redwood City, CA
Emerald Ballet Theatre Dances The Nutcracker
Northshore Performing Arts Center
Bothell, WA
The Hip Hop Nutcracker: Classic Holiday Tale Remixed
Eisemann Center for Performing Arts
Richardson, TX
The Nutcracker: Virginia Ballet's Annual Holiday Treat
Ernst Cultural Center Auditorium
Annandale, VA
The Nutcracker: A Cherished Holiday Tradition -- Youth Production
Plummer Auditorium
Fullerton, CA
Beyond the Nutcracker: Ballet 5:8's Creative Spin on Holiday Fave
Lockport East High School
Lockport, IL
The Nutcracker: Magical Holiday Favorite With Bay Pointe Ballet
Bob Hope Theater
Stockton, CA
In a Nutshell: A New York City Nutcracker
Players Theatre
New York City, NY
The Nutcracker: Manassas Ballet Theatre Presents Magical Holiday Show
Hylton Performing Arts Center
Manassas, VA
Russian Ballet Stars Come to San Jose for The Nutcracker
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
San Jose, CA