13th ANNUAL

GOLDSTAR NATIONAL

NUTCRACKER AWARD

It's the nation's only prize for live performances of The Nutcracker — and it's voted on by Goldstar members like you! The winner receives The Nutty statuette and a cash prize toward education programs.

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Long Beach Ballet’s The Nutcracker With Full Symphony Orchestra

Nutcrackers come and go, but only one is so spectacular, so charming, so heart-warming and memorable that it has become Southern California’s favorite. Voted “Best-Loved Nutcracker in the Nation” by Goldstar audience survey in 2018 and 2019, the Long Beach Nutcracker returns to the Terrace Theater. The Los Angeles Times proclaimed: “Crammed with special effects, the familiar Long Beach Ballet version of The Nutcracker has nearly everything money can buy. For opulent, family-oriented, entertainment — seek no further.” See More

PREVIOUS WINNERS

The most loved Nutcrackers in the U.S. according to... you!

2018
Long Beach Ballet’s The Nutcracker With Full Symphony Orchestra
Long Beach Performing Arts Center, Terrace Theater
Long Beach, CA
2017
Nutcracker Rouge: A Baroque Burlesque Confection
Théâtre XIV
Brooklyn, NY
2016
Colorado Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Denver, CO
2015
The Nutcracker: Robert Joffrey’s Beloved Classic With Chicago Phil
Auditorium Theatre
Chicago, IL
2014
A Bur-Less-Q Nutcracker: Risque Holiday Favorite
Studio Theatre at the Addison Conference & Theatre Centre
Addison, TX
2013
The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker: Debbie Allen’s Modern Spin on the Holiday Classic
Royce Hall at UCLA
Los Angeles, CA
2012
The Nutcracker: Robert Joffrey’s Beloved Classic With Chicago Phil
Auditorium Theatre
Chicago, IL
2011
The Nutcracker: Robert Joffrey’s Beloved Classic With Chicago Phil
Auditorium Theatre
Chicago, IL
2010
Debbie Allen Presents The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker, a Fresh Take on an Old Favorite
Royce Hall at UCLA
Los Angeles, CA
2009
Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker with Live Orchestra at Boston Opera House
Boston Opera House
Boston, MA
2008
Kirov Ballet in The Nutcracker at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Los Angeles, CA
2007
Christmas Classic The Nutcracker Reimagined at Steppenwolf
Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre
Chicago, IL

THE NOMINEES

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01
Nutcracker Rouge: A Baroque Burlesque Confection
Théâtre XIV
Brooklyn, NY
02
San Jose Dance Theatre: 56th Annual The Nutcracker
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
San Jose, CA
03
Hot Chocolate Nutcracker: Sweet Holiday Fave
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
Redondo Beach, CA
04
A Ballet-Free Adaptation of The Nutcracker
Chopin Theatre Mainstage
Chicago, IL
05
The Hip Hop Nutcracker — Livestream
Stellar Stream
,
06
San Francisco Ballet Presents a Nutcracker Spectacle
War Memorial Opera House
San Francisco, CA
07
California Ballet’s All-New The Nutcracker
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
08
Urban Nutcracker Remixes Holiday Fave
Boch Center Shubert Theatre
Boston, MA
09
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker Christmas Stream
Stellar Stream
,
10
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
The Wiltern
Los Angeles, CA
11
Ballet Chicago’s The Nutcracker — Online
Zoom Stream
,
12
San Francisco Youth Ballet’s 19th Annual Nutcracker
Mercy High School Theatre
San Francisco, CA
13
Oregon Ballet Theatre Dances The Nutcracker
Keller Auditorium
Portland, OR
14
The Nutcracker: The Anaheim Ballet’s Holiday Treat
City National Grove of Anaheim
Anaheim, CA
15
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker by Pennsylvania Ballet
Academy of Music
Philadelphia, PA
16
The Nutcracker Dances Onto the Stage for the Holiday Season
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse
San Gabriel, CA
17
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Kings Theatre - Brooklyn
Brooklyn, NY
18
Pacific Northwest Ballet: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
McCaw Hall
Seattle, WA
19
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Jacobs Music Center's Copley Symphony Hall
San Diego, CA
20
Miami City Ballet: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
Adrienne Arsht Center - Ziff Ballet Opera House
Miami, FL
21
The Ballet Studio Dances The Nutcracker
Old Town Temecula Community Theater
Temecula, CA
22
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Boch Center Wang Theatre
Boston, MA
23
Moscow Ballet’s Magical Great Russian Nutcracker
Paramount Theatre
Denver, CO
24
The Nutcracker With the Fairfax Symphony & Fairfax Ballet
George Mason University's Center for the Arts
Fairfax, VA
25
NJ Ballet’s The Nutcracker With New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Mayo Performing Arts Center
Morristown, NJ
26
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Chabot College Performing Arts Center
Hayward, CA
27
The Rock School presents a Revolutionary Nutcracker 1776
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts - Zellerbach Theatre
Philadelphia, PA
28
Duke Ellington Orchestra: Ellington’s Nutcracker
Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Costa Mesa, CA
29
Perimeter Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Perimeter Ballet
Johns Creek, GA
30
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s The Nutcracker at The Soraya
The Soraya - Great Hall
Northridge, CA
31
The Hip Hop Nutcracker
The Bushnell
Hartford, CT
32
The Fox Valley Nutcracker
Batavia Fine Arts Centre
Batavia, IL
33
The Nutcracker
Carco Theatre
Renton, WA
34
Marie’s Reverie
Brelby Theatre Company
Glendale, AZ
35
Cirque Nutcracker
Music Center at Strathmore
North Bethesda, MD
36
The San Jose Nutcracker 2019
Hammer Theatre Center
San Jose, CA
37
Urban Nutcracker Act II – Winter Wonderland
Porter Sanford III Performing Arts & Community Center
Decatur, GA
38
The Hip Hop Nutcracker — Livestream
Stellar Stream
,
39
The Hip Hop Nutcracker — Livestream
Stellar Stream
,
40
The Hip Hop Nutcracker — Livestream
Stellar Stream
,
41
The Hip Hop Nutcracker — Livestream
Stellar Stream
,
42
The Hip Hop Nutcracker — Livestream
Stellar Stream
,
43
The Hip Hop Nutcracker — Livestream
Stellar Stream
,
44
The Nutcracker
The Magnolia
El Cajon, CA
45
Festival Ballet: The Nutcracker
Irvine Barclay Theatre
Irvine, CA
46
The Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker
Lyric Opera House
Chicago, IL
47
The Nutcracker Ballet
Old Town Temecula Community Theater
Temecula, CA
48
San Francisco Youth Ballet Presents The Nutcracker
Great Star Theater
San Francisco, CA
49
The NutcracKer’s Guide to Getting UnPlugged
GALA Hispanic Theatre
Washington, DC
50
NJ Ballet’s Nutcracker With New Jersey Symphony Orchestra: 50th Anniversary
Mayo Performing Arts Center
Morristown, NJ
51
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
Adrienne Arsht Center - Ziff Ballet Opera House
Miami, FL
52
Westchester Ballet Company’s The Nutcracker
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts-CUNY
Bronx, NY
53
A Nutcracker Tea
Newmark Theatre
Portland, OR
54
The Hip Hop Nutcracker
Paramount Theatre
Oakland, CA
55
José Mateo’s Magical The Nutcracker
Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre
Boston, MA
56
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Rosemont Theatre
Rosemont, IL
57
Ballet Legere’s 2019 The Nutcracker Ballet
Lund Auditorium
River Forest, IL
58
The Georgia Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker
Jennie T. Anderson Theatre
Marietta, GA
59
Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker
Strand Theatre
Dorchester, MA
60
Georgia Ballet’s The Nutcracker With Live Orchestra
Jennie T. Anderson Theatre - Cobb Civic Center
Marietta, GA
61
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
George Mason University's Center for the Arts
Fairfax, VA
62
The Hip Hop Nutcracker
Music Center at Strathmore
North Bethesda, MD
63
The Nutcracker: Magical Holiday Favorite
Phoenix Symphony Hall
Phoenix, AZ
64
The Nutcracker: Holiday Classic From Commonwealth Ballet
Regis College Fine Arts Center
Weston, MA
65
Gwinnett Ballet Theatre’s 39th Annual Production of The Nutcracker
Infinite Energy Center - Theater
Duluth, GA
66
Kola — An Afro Diasporic Remix of The Nutcracker
Castlemont High School
Oakland, CA
67
The Hip Hop Nutcracker — Livestream
Stellar Stream
,
68
Atlanta Ballet’s The Nutcracker – Online
Stellar Stream
,
69
Urban Nutcracker
Boch Center Shubert Theatre
Boston, MA
70
A Bur-Less-Q Nutcracker: Risque Holiday Favorite
Studio Theatre at the Addison Conference & Theatre Centre
Addison, TX
71
Olney Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker
Olney Theatre Center - Historic Stage
Olney, MD
72
Sunrise Ballet’s Annual Nutcracker
Servite Theatre
Anaheim, CA
73
David Allan’s Nutcracker: Holiday Fave From BRAVA
Landis Performing Arts Center
Riverside, CA
74
Contra Costa Ballet’s Condensed Nutcracker
Lesher Center for the Arts - Hofmann Theater
Walnut Creek, CA
75
Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker With Youth Cast
The Venue at Friendship Springs
Flowery Branch, GA
76
The Nutcracker: Holiday Fave Casts a Spell
Coral Springs Center for the Arts
Coral Springs, FL
77
The Nutcracker & Mouse King
Davies Symphony Hall
San Francisco, CA
78
Ballet Chicago’s Nutcracker — Online
Online
,
79
The Hip Hop Nutcracker With Legendary Kurtis Blow
Kings Theatre - Brooklyn
Brooklyn, NY
80
The Nutcracker: South Bay Ballet’s Holiday Favorite
El Camino College Center for the Arts -- Marsee Auditorium
Torrance, CA
81
The Nutcracker: Holiday Classic From Coast City Ballet
Huntington Beach Historical Theater
Huntington Beach, CA
82
Ballet Chicago’s The Nutcracker
Athenaeum Center
Chicago, IL
83
The Washington Ballet’s Historical DC-Inspired Nutcracker
Warner Theatre
Washington, DC
84
Atlanta Ballet: The Nutcracker at the Kennedy Center
The Kennedy Center - Opera House
Washington, DC
85
The Hip Hop Nutcracker — Livestream
Stellar Stream
,
86
San Diego Ballet’s The Nutcracker Stars an International Cast
Jacobs Music Center's Copley Symphony Hall
San Diego, CA
87
The Nutcracker
California Theatre of the Performing Arts
San Bernardino, CA
88
The Joffrey Ballet Performs The Nutcracker
Auditorium Theatre
Chicago, IL
89
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
McCaw Hall
Seattle, WA
90
Holiday Favorite The Nutcracker From City Ballet
Spreckels Theatre
San Diego, CA
91
The Nutcracker — Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre’s Student Production
Luckman Fine Arts Complex
Los Angeles, CA
92
American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker
Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Segerstrom Hall
Costa Mesa, CA
93
The Nutcracker Ballet
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts
La Mirada, CA
94
City Ballet’s The Nutcracker With Full Orchestra
California Center for the Arts Escondido
Escondido, California
95
Ballet Chicago’s Nutcracker
Athenaeum Center
Chicago, IL
96
Oakland Ballet: Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker
Paramount Theatre
Oakland, CA
97
The Hip Hop Nutcracker
The Paramount Theatre
Seattle, WA
98
The Magic of the Nutcracker
Genesee Theatre
Waukegan, IL
99
The Hard Nut
The Paramount Theatre
Seattle, WA
100
The Nutcracker: Life-Sized Dancing Dolls and 80 Ballet Dancers in Holiday Classic
Bridges Auditorium
Claremont, CA
101
Hip Hop Nutcracker: Classic Holiday Tale Remixed
Fox Theatre in Redwood City
Redwood City, CA
102
Festival Ballet: The Nutcracker
Irvine Barclay Theatre
Irvine, CA
103
The Hip Hop Nutcracker
Broward Center - Au-Rene Theater
Fort Lauderdale, FL
104
Atlanta Ballet Presents The Nutcracker
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
Atlanta, GA
105
Tustin Dance Center’s The Nutcracker: A Magical Holiday Tradition
Plummer Auditorium
Fullerton, CA
106
The Art Deco Nutcracker
Athenaeum Center
Chicago, IL
107
The Yorkville Nutcracker, Set in Old New York
The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
New York, NY
108
The Nutcracker
Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens
San Clemente, CA
109
Peninsula Ballet’s Magical Nutcracker
Fox Theatre in Redwood City
Redwood City, CA
110
Nutcracker Sweets: Children’s Holiday Ballet
Fort Mason Center - Cowell Theater
San Francisco, CA
111
The Nutcracker
Colden Auditorium at Kupferberg Center for the Arts
Flushing, NY
112
The Nutcracker
Maryland Hall
Annapolis, MD
113
In a Nutshell: Welcome to New York, Suite-y!
Abrons Arts Center
New York City, NY
114
The Georgia Ballet Presents The Nutcracker: A Drive-In Experience
Aviation History and Technology Center
Marietta, GA
115
Miami City Ballet: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
The Kennedy Center - Opera House
Washington, DC
116
The Hip Hop Nutcracker, Featuring Kurtis Blow
The Paramount Theatre
Seattle, WA
117
The Nutcracker
Poway Center for the Performing Arts
Poway, CA
118
The San Jose Nutcracker
California Theatre
San Jose, CA
119
The Nutcracker: Holiday Fave Stars Dancers of All Ages
Alex Theatre
Glendale, CA
120
Long Island Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker
Landmark on Main Street
Port Washington, NY
121
Nutcracker Winter Suite: Abridged Holiday Classic
Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Symphony Space
New York City, NY
122
The Brooklyn Nutcracker: Fresh Take on Holiday Classic
Kings Theatre - Brooklyn
Brooklyn, NY
123
The Hip Hop Nutcracker — Livestream
Stellar Stream
,
124
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
San Francisco, CA
125
The Nutcracker With Full Symphony
Hopkins High School Performing Arts Center
Minneapolis, MN
126
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
McFarlin Auditorium
Dallas, TX
127
The Hip Hop Nutcracker With Guest MC Kurtis Blow
Keller Auditorium
Portland, OR
128
Jazz Hip Hop Nutcracker: 20th Anniversary!
Publick Playhouse
Hyattsville, MD
129
The Nutcracker Suite 2019 Legacy Ballet Foundation
The Madison Center for the Arts
Phoenix, AZ
130
The Fantastical Tale of The Nutcracker and The Mouse King: Live Immersive Audio Experience
Online
,
131
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker ®
Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
West Palm Beach, FL
132
The Virtual – NUTCRACKER IN WONDERLAND – A Circus & Magic Extravaganza!
Stellar Stream
,
133
Nutty Nutcracker: Holiday Spoof from Inland Pacific Ballet
Bridges Auditorium
Claremont, CA
134
The Nutcracker: Manassas Ballet Theatre With Orchestra
Hylton Performing Arts Center
Manassas, VA
135
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Hippodrome Theatre
Baltimore, MD
136
Miami City Ballet: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
West Palm Beach, FL
137
Nutcracker Sweet: Abridged Reimagining of the Classic
Peninsula Ballet Theatre
San Mateo, CA
138
Haunted 4-D Attraction Dracula’s Nutcracker
Southern Performing Arts Academy
Lawrenceville, GA
139
Emerald Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker
Northshore Performing Arts Center Foundation
Bothell, WA
140
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Robert Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech
Atlanta, GA
141
The Nutcracker Presented by Marleen Forkas
Olympic Heights Performing Arts Theater
Boca Raton, FL
142
The Nutcracker
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts-CUNY
Bronx, NY
143
Nutcracker: The True Story of Clara
Druid Theater
Damascus, MD
144
Nutcracker Swing
The Madison Center for the Arts
Phoenix, AZ
145
Carolina Ballet’s The Nutcracker
DPAC
Durham, NC
146
Hip Hop Nutcracker
Smart Financial Centre
Sugar Land, TX
147
Boulder Ballet and Philharmonic Present The Nutcracker
Macky Auditorium Concert Hall
Boulder, CO
148
Maryland Youth Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts
Rockville, MD
149
The Hip Hop Nutcracker With Guest MC Kurtis Blow
Texas Trust CU Theatre at Grand Prairie
Grand Prairie, TX
150
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
Adrienne Arsht Center - Ziff Ballet Opera House
Miami, FL
151
Metropolitan Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker
Blessed Trinity High School
Roswell, GA
152
Clara’s Nutcracker Tea Party
Wayzata Country Club
Wayzata, MN
153
The Chocolate Nutcracker
Dillard Center for the Arts - Mainstage
Fort Lauderdale, FL
154
Ruth Page Civic Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Northeastern Illinois University Auditorium
Chicago, IL
155
Twin Cities Ballet: A Minnesota Nutcracker
Ames Center - Proscenium Main Stage Hall
Burnsville, MN
156
Encore Dance Centre’s The Nutcracker
The Louise K. Taylor Performing Arts Center
Monrovia, CA
157
The Nutcracker With Chicago Ballet Conservatory + Elgin Symphony Orchestra
The Hemmens Cultural Center
Elgin, IL
158
The Hip Hop Nutcracker
Altria Theater
Richmond, VA
159
Alameda Civic Ballet’s The Nutcracker Ballet
Castro Valley Center for the Arts
Castro Valley, CA
160
The Nutcracker
Prince George's Community College Center for Performing Arts
Largo, MD
161
California Dance Ensemble Presents The Nutcracker Ballet
The Performing Arts Education Center (C-PAEC)
Calabasas, CA
162
Ballethnic’s Urban Nutcracker
Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College
Atlanta, GA
163
The Hip Hop Nutcracker
Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater
Syracuse, NY
164
The Hip Hop Nutcracker — Livestream
Stellar Stream
,
165
The Hip Hop Nutcracker — Livestream
Stellar Stream
,
166
The Hip Hop Nutcracker — Livestream
Stellar Stream
,
167
The Hip Hop Nutcracker — Livestream
Stellar Stream
,
168
The Hip Hop Nutcracker — Livestream
Stellar Stream
,
169
The Hip Hop Nutcracker — Livestream
Stellar Stream
,
170
The Hip Hop Nutcracker — Livestream
Stellar Stream
,
171
The Hip Hop Nutcracker — Livestream
Stellar Stream
,
172
The Hip Hop Nutcracker — Livestream
Stellar Stream
,
173
The Hip Hop Nutcracker — Livestream
Stellar Stream
,
174
The San Jose Nutcracker: Home for the Holidays
Online
,
175
Nutcracker Rouge at Home
Online
,
176
Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker — Online
Vimeo Stream
,
177
The Nutshell! — Online
Stellar Stream
,
178
My First Nutcracker – Online
Online Stream
,
179
Virtual NUTCRACKER 1776
Online Stream
,
180
Kozlova Dance Conservatory Nutcracker Suite
Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Symphony Space
New York City, NY
181
The Nutcracker
The Louise K. Taylor Performing Arts Center
Monrovia, CA
182
The Nutcracker
Coral Springs Center for the Arts
Coral Springs, FL
183
The Nutcracker: American Repertory Ballet
State Theatre New Jersey
New Brunswick, NJ
184
American Contemporary Ballet Presents The Nutcracker Suite
American Contemporary Ballet
Los Angeles, CA
185
The Nutcracker: Ballet Etudes – Huntington Beach
Huntington Beach High School Theater
Huntington Beach, CA
186
The Nutcracker
Broward Center - Au-Rene Theater
Fort Lauderdale, FL
187
The Hip Hop Nutcracker
Kings Theatre - Brooklyn
Brooklyn, NY
188
The Nutcracker 2021
Eden Prairie High School Performing Arts Center
Eden Prairie, MN
189
Pacific Festival Ballet Presents The Nutcracker
Fred Kavli Theatre, Bank of America Performing Arts Center
Thousand Oaks, CA
190
The Brooklyn Nutcracker
Kings Theatre - Brooklyn
Brooklyn, NY
191
The Nutcracker; Welcome to New York Suite-y
Theater at St. Jean
New York, NY
192
The Hip Hop Nutcracker
Emerson Colonial Theatre
Boston, MA