Screenvision Media in association with Kaos Connect, and Lincoln Center at the Movies today announced they will bring New York City Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker to more than 100 movie theaters nationwide for a limited-time run in December.
New York City Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker premiered to extraordinary success in February 1954, establishing the ballet and its score as perennial favorites around the world. This holiday season, for three days only, families will have the chance to experience the wonder of New York City Ballet’s iconic holiday classic on the big screen. The production will be shown in cinemas across the country on Saturday, December 2; Sunday, December 3; and Tuesday, December 5.
Additionally, Lincoln Center will be partnering with the American Forces Network to present free screenings to active military personnel, veterans, and their families stationed overseas, and with New York City public schools to offer free screenings for school groups.
In New York City Ballet’s production, Tchaikovsky’s beloved melodies transport the young and young at heart to a magical world where mischievous mice besiege a battalion of toy soldiers and an onstage blizzard leads to an enchanted Land of Sweets. Balanchine’s stunning choreography shines amidst awe-inspiring set pieces, 150 ornate costumes, and grand, one-of-a-kind visual effects. This production will showcase an enormous onstage Christmas tree, which weighs one ton and grows to an astonishing 40 feet.
“The Nutcracker is an iconic holiday production for many, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to bring it to the big screen for fans of the ballet to experience in an entirely new way,” said Darryl Schaffer, executive vice president of operations and exhibitor relations at Screenvision Media. “This performance is a magical way for children to experience the ballet and see their peers performing onstage at an early age.”
“The Nutcracker is a beloved holiday tradition for children and families across the country,” said Andrew Carl Wilk, executive producer of Lincoln Center at the Movies. “We are thrilled to bring New York City Ballet’s stunning production to movie theaters this holiday season, for audiences to revisit the enchanting story, phenomenal score, and breathtaking performances—or experience the masterpiece for the very first time.”
Families will be mesmerized by this iconic production featuring an on-stage children’s dance cast, with 110 dancers, 57 people working backstage, and 62 musicians playing in the orchestra.
Theater information and tickets can be found at www.nutcrackerincinema.com.