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.

Find Your Nutcracker

AND THE NUTTY GOES TO...

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Long Beach Ballet’s The Nutcracker With Full Symphony Orchestra

There are more than 100 productions of The Nutcracker every year across the U.S., on stages big and small. And all of them possess their own Sugar Plum Fairy-fueled holiday magic. But only one boasts live orchestral accompaniment, cool special effects and an Arabian horse named Rebel — and that’s the Long Beach Ballet’s annual spectacular. It also happens to be the current holder of the The Nutty, voted the best Nutcracker in all the land by Goldstar audience members in 2018. See it this season and cast your vote. 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

To cast your vote, go see a Nutcracker performance and rate it.

01
Hot Chocolate Nutcracker: Sweet Holiday Fave
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
Redondo Beach, CA
02
San Francisco Youth Ballet’s 19th Annual Nutcracker
Mercy High School Theatre
San Francisco, CA
03
Oregon Ballet Theatre Dances The Nutcracker
Keller Auditorium
Portland, OR
04
A Bur-Less-Q Nutcracker: Risque Holiday Favorite
Studio Theatre at the Addison Conference & Theatre Centre
Addison, TX
05
Holiday Favorite The Nutcracker From City Ballet
Spreckels Theatre
San Diego, CA
06
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Kings Theatre - Brooklyn
Brooklyn, NY
07
Pacific Northwest Ballet: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
McCaw Hall
Seattle, WA
08
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Rosemont Theatre
Rosemont, IL
09
The Joffrey Ballet Performs The Nutcracker
Auditorium Theatre
Chicago, IL
10
Gwinnett Ballet Theatre’s 39th Annual Production of The Nutcracker
Infinite Energy Center - Theater
Duluth, GA
11
Nutcracker Rouge: A Baroque Burlesque Confection
Théâtre XIV
Brooklyn, NY
12
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Boch Center Wang Theatre
Boston, MA
13
The Hip Hop Nutcracker
Paramount Theatre
Oakland, CA
14
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Chabot College Performing Arts Center
Hayward, CA
15
The Rock School presents a Revolutionary Nutcracker 1776
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts - Zellerbach Theatre
Philadelphia, PA
16
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s The Nutcracker at The Soraya
The Soraya - Great Hall
Northridge, CA
17
The Fox Valley Nutcracker
Batavia Fine Arts Centre
Batavia, IL
18
Marie’s Reverie
Brelby Theatre Company
Glendale, AZ
19
José Mateo’s Magical The Nutcracker
Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre
Boston, MA
20
Georgia Ballet’s The Nutcracker With Live Orchestra
Jennie T. Anderson Theatre - Cobb Civic Center
Marietta, GA
21
Ballet Legere’s 2019 The Nutcracker Ballet
Lund Auditorium
River Forest, IL
22
San Jose Dance Theatre: 54th Annual The Nutcracker
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
San Jose, CA
23
The Nutcracker: Holiday Classic From Commonwealth Ballet
Regis College Fine Arts Center
Weston, MA
24
A Ballet-Free Adaptation of The Nutcracker
Chopin Theatre Mainstage
Chicago, IL
25
The Nutcracker — Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre’s Student Production
Luckman Fine Arts Complex
Los Angeles, CA
26
Atlanta Ballet: The Nutcracker at the Kennedy Center
The Kennedy Center - Opera House
Washington, DC
27
Sunrise Ballet’s Annual Nutcracker
Servite Theatre
Anaheim, CA
28
Contra Costa Ballet’s Condensed Nutcracker
Lesher Center for the Arts - Hofmann Theater
Walnut Creek, CA
29
The Hip Hop Nutcracker
The Paramount Theatre
Seattle, WA
30
The Hip Hop Nutcracker
Broward Center - Au-Rene Theater
Fort Lauderdale, FL
31
Tustin Dance Center’s The Nutcracker: A Magical Holiday Tradition
Plummer Auditorium
Fullerton, CA
32
The Magic of the Nutcracker
Genesee Theatre
Waukegan, IL
33
The Nutcracker With Full Symphony
Hopkins High School Performing Arts Center
Minneapolis, MN
34
The Nutcracker
California Theatre of the Performing Arts
San Bernardino, CA
35
Nutcracker Sweets: Children’s Holiday Ballet
Fort Mason Center - Cowell Theater
San Francisco, CA
36
The Washington Ballet’s Historical DC-Inspired Nutcracker
Warner Theatre
Washington, DC
37
Long Island Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker
Landmark on Main Street
Port Washington, NY
38
The Hard Nut
The Paramount Theatre
Seattle, WA
39
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
San Francisco, CA
40
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
McFarlin Auditorium
Dallas, TX
41
The Hip Hop Nutcracker With Guest MC Kurtis Blow
Keller Auditorium
Portland, OR
42
The Nutcracker Suite 2019 Legacy Ballet Foundation
The Madison Center for the Arts
Phoenix, AZ
43
Nutty Nutcracker: Holiday Spoof from Inland Pacific Ballet
Bridges Auditorium
Claremont, CA
44
The Nutcracker: Magical Holiday Favorite
Phoenix Symphony Hall
Phoenix, AZ
45
The Nutcracker: South Bay Ballet’s Holiday Favorite
El Camino College Center for the Arts -- Marsee Auditorium
Torrance, CA
46
The Yorkville Nutcracker, Set in Old New York
The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
New York, NY
47
The Nutcracker: The Anaheim Ballet’s Holiday Treat
City National Grove of Anaheim
Anaheim, CA
48
The Nutcracker: Holiday Classic From Coast City Ballet
Huntington Beach Historical Theater
Huntington Beach, CA
49
David Allan’s Nutcracker: Holiday Fave From BRAVA
Landis Performing Arts Center
Riverside, CA
50
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker by Pennsylvania Ballet
Academy of Music
Philadelphia, PA
51
Urban Nutcracker Remixes Holiday Fave
Boch Center Shubert Theatre
Boston, MA
52
San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker: 75th Anniversary
War Memorial Opera House
San Francisco, CA
53
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
The Wiltern
Los Angeles, CA
54
Ballet Chicago’s The Nutcracker
Athenaeum Theatre
Chicago, IL
55
San Diego Ballet’s The Nutcracker Stars an International Cast
Jacobs Music Center's Copley Symphony Hall
San Diego, CA
56
The Nutcracker
Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens
San Clemente, CA
57
The Nutcracker Dances Onto the Stage for the Holiday Season
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse
San Gabriel, CA
58
Oakland Ballet: Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker
Paramount Theatre
Oakland, CA
59
The Nutcracker: Life-Sized Dancing Dolls and 80 Ballet Dancers in Holiday Classic
Bridges Auditorium
Claremont, CA
60
Peninsula Ballet’s Magical Nutcracker
Fox Theatre in Redwood City
Redwood City, CA
61
Nutcracker Winter Suite: Abridged Holiday Classic
Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Symphony Space
New York City, NY
62
The Hip Hop Nutcracker: Classic Holiday Tale Remixed
Fox Theatre in Redwood City
Redwood City, CA
63
The Nutcracker: Manassas Ballet Theatre With Orchestra
Hylton Performing Arts Center
Manassas, VA
64
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
George Mason University's Center for the Arts
Fairfax, VA
65
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Hippodrome Theatre
Baltimore, MD
66
Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker With Youth Cast
The Venue at Friendship Springs
Flowery Branch, GA
67
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Jacobs Music Center's Copley Symphony Hall
San Diego, CA
68
The Hip Hop Nutcracker With Legendary Kurtis Blow
Kings Theatre - Brooklyn
Brooklyn, NY
69
Miami City Ballet: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
Adrienne Arsht Center - Ziff Ballet Opera House
Miami, FL
70
The Ballet Studio Dances The Nutcracker
Old Town Temecula Community Theater
Temecula, CA
71
The Nutcracker
Colden Auditorium at Kupferberg Center for the Arts
Flushing, NY
72
California Ballet’s All-New The Nutcracker
San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego, CA
73
Haunted 4-D Attraction Dracula’s Nutcracker
Southern Performing Arts Academy
Lawrenceville, GA
74
Moscow Ballet’s Magical Great Russian Nutcracker
Paramount Theatre
Denver, CO
75
The Nutcracker With the Fairfax Symphony & Fairfax Ballet
George Mason University's Center for the Arts
Fairfax, VA
76
Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker
Strand Theatre
Dorchester, MA
77
NJ Ballet’s The Nutcracker With New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Mayo Performing Arts Center
Morristown, NJ
78
The Brooklyn Nutcracker: Fresh Take on Holiday Classic
Kings Theatre - Brooklyn
Brooklyn, NY
79
Emerald Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker
Northshore Performing Arts Center Foundation
Bothell, WA
80
The Nutcracker: Holiday Fave Stars Dancers of All Ages
Alex Theatre
Glendale, CA
81
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Robert Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech
Atlanta, GA
82
The Nutcracker Presented by Marleen Forkas
Olympic Heights Performing Arts Theater
Boca Raton, FL
83
The Nutcracker
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts-CUNY
Bronx, NY
84
Duke Ellington Orchestra: Ellington’s Nutcracker
Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Costa Mesa, CA
85
Festival Ballet: The Nutcracker
Irvine Barclay Theatre
Irvine, CA
86
The Nutcracker: Holiday Fave Casts a Spell
Coral Springs Center for the Arts
Coral Springs, FL
87
Olney Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker
Olney Theatre Center - Historic Stage
Olney, MD
88
Nutcracker: The True Story of Clara
Druid Theater
Damascus, MD
89
Perimeter Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Perimeter Ballet
Johns Creek, GA
90
The Hip Hop Nutcracker
Music Center at Strathmore
North Bethesda, MD
91
Nutcracker Swing
The Madison Center for the Arts
Phoenix, AZ
92
American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker
Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Segerstrom Hall
Costa Mesa, CA
93
Jazz Hip Hop Nutcracker: 20th Anniversary!
Publick Playhouse
Hyattsville, MD
94
Carolina Ballet’s The Nutcracker
DPAC
Durham, NC
95
The Hip Hop Nutcracker
The Bushnell
Hartford, CT
96
Hip Hop Nutcracker
Smart Financial Centre
Sugar Land, TX
97
The Nutcracker
Carco Theatre
Renton, WA
98
Boulder Ballet and Philharmonic Present The Nutcracker
Macky Auditorium Concert Hall
Boulder, CO
99
Cirque Nutcracker
Music Center at Strathmore
North Bethesda, MD
100
Maryland Youth Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts
Rockville, MD
101
The Hip Hop Nutcracker With Guest MC Kurtis Blow
The Theatre at Grand Prairie
Grand Prairie, TX
102
Kola — An Afro Diasporic Remix of The Nutcracker
Castlemont High School
Oakland, CA
103
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
Adrienne Arsht Center - Ziff Ballet Opera House
Miami, FL
104
Metropolitan Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker
Blessed Trinity High School
Roswell, GA
105
Clara’s Nutcracker Tea Party
Wayzata Country Club
Wayzata, MN
106
The Chocolate Nutcracker
Dillard Center for the Arts - Mainstage
Fort Lauderdale, FL
107
Ruth Page Civic Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Northeastern Illinois University Auditorium
Chicago, IL
108
The Nutcracker
Maryland Hall
Annapolis, MD
109
Twin Cities Ballet: A Minnesota Nutcracker
Ames Center - Proscenium Main Stage Hall
Burnsville, MN
110
Encore Dance Centre’s The Nutcracker
The Louise K. Taylor Performing Arts Center
Monrovia, CA
111
The Nutcracker With Chicago Ballet Conservatory + Elgin Symphony Orchestra
The Hemmens Cultural Center
Elgin, IL
112
The Hip Hop Nutcracker
Altria Theater
Richmond, VA
113
Alameda Civic Ballet’s The Nutcracker Ballet
Castro Valley Center for the Arts
Castro Valley, CA