If you are a theatre, you are probably performing some version of Christmas Carol. (Or Dylan Thomas' A Child's Christmas in Wales) If you are a chorus, you are probably performing some version of Handel's Messiah. And if you are the ballet, you are probably doing the Nutcracker. Which means it should come as no surprise that we attended the opening night of the Joffrey Ballet's excellent Nutcracker last week. I can highly recommend it.
Here's a great video done a couple of years ago showing kid's reactions to this Nutcracker:
But doing the same thing every year gets old, and while recognizing tradition, (and undoubtedly the box office benefits) the Joffrey isn't afraid to change it up a little either. This year is the last year of the classic choreography. Next year, they've commissioned a brand new choreography from master dance director (and winner of the Tony Award for his stunning production of An American In Paris) Christopher Wheeldon. Which is exciting on a number of levels, not least of which is that it is now the LAST time you'll be able to see the classic Robert Joffrey choreography of this essential ballet. (And of course, next year, you'll be able to see the World Premiere of a master artist's take on the stalwart classic)
If you haven't been to the Nutcracker for a while, this is your last chance to see the classic. Next year it will be all new, (and having seen An American In Paris on Broadway) equally wonderful.
MORE INFO ABOUT THE JOFFREY: http://www.joffrey.org
The Joffrey Ballet performs The Nutcracker at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre Friday, December 4 through Sunday, December 27. The full schedule is: Friday, Dec. 4, 7 pm; Saturday, Dec. 5, 2 pm and 7 pm; Sunday, Dec. 6, 2 pm; Thursday, Dec. 10, 7 pm; Friday, Dec. 11, 7 pm; Saturday, Dec. 12, 2 pm and 7 pm; Sunday, Dec. 13, 1 pm and 6 pm; Thursday, Dec. 17, 7 pm; Friday, Dec. 18, 7 pm; Saturday, Dec. 19, 2 pm and 7 pm; Sunday, Dec. 20, 2 pm and 7 pm; Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2 pm and 7 pm; Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2 pm and 7 pm; Thursday, Dec. 24, 2 pm; Saturday, Dec. 26, 2 pm and 7 pm; and Sunday Dec. 27, 2 pm.
Tickets range from $32-$136 and are available at The Joffrey Ballet’s official Box Office located in the lobby of Joffrey Tower, 10 E. Randolph Street, as well as the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University box office, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by telephone at (800) 982-2787 or online at