by Diane Malone
24 September 2008 

the nutcracker ballet metroway

    The New York City Ballet presents the classic holiday favorite, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, for 45 performances only beginning Friday, November 28, through Saturday, January 3, 2009. The beloved New York City Ballet production is seen by more than 100,000 people annually and last season passed its 2000th performance mark. Held at the New York State Theater (soon to be renamed the David H. Koch Theater) at Lincoln Center the production is set to Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky’s glorious score and features choreography by Balanchine, scenery by Rouben Ter-Arutunian, costumes by Karinska, and lighting by Mark Stanley, after the original design by Ronald Bates. This classic holiday family event will delight all with the sweepingly beautiful set designs, hundreds of elaborate costumes, and includes the highlights of a one-ton Christmas tree that grows from 12 to 40 feet and a magnificent onstage snowstorm. 
    Ticket prices range from $35–$125 for prime peak performances, $30–$115 for peak performances, and $20–$100 for standard performances. Visit the New York City Ballet online at or call to learn more about Sweet Seat VIP Packages where every two Sweet Seat tickets purchased, audience members will receive a coupon for one complimentary keepsake photo taken with a character from George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Tickets may also be purchased by calling Center Charge at 212-721-6500 or by visiting the theater box office located at the New York State Theater. 

Photo: (c) Paul Kolnik 2008