Reader comments are listed below. Comments are currently closed and new comments are no longer being accepted.
The secret is the large cast of children... a guarantee for a sold-out performance with visiting grandparents and in-laws...with much needed respite for the doting parents... hahaha...
Time to graduate to Shen Yun Performance [http://www.shenyunperformingarts.org], as many have, touring five continents in the last dozen years. OUTSTANDING !
Wow. Talk about diversity. So many versions but the orginal is the best.
My favorite version is "The Hard Nut" choreographed by Mark Morris, who took inspiration from the comic artist Charles Burns. Look for it on DVD. New productions now occur annually, remaining popular for a quarter century following its January 1991 premier in Brussels, just short of the 100th anniversary of Tchaikovsky's musical score..
Pacific Northwest Ballet swapped the Stowell/Sendak Nutcracker for its own version of Balanchine's Nutcracker in 2015, so technically no, they didn't get their current rendition in 1984.