Let the ballet showdown begin: This year, the New York City Ballet's beloved Balanchine "Nutcracker" has some competition from the American Ballet Theatre's new production set to the classic Tchaikovsky score, which premiered last night.
American Ballet Theatre
WHAT "The Nutcracker" - ABT artist-in-residence Alexei Ratmansky choreographed this new ballet, which the company plans to add to its annual repertoire. The production features more than 100 dancers and costumes designed by Richard Hudson, who won a Tony Award for his set designs in "The Lion King."
WHEN Friday at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Sunday at 1 and 5:30 p.m. Runs through Jan. 2.
LENGTH 119 minutes with intermission
TICKETS $20-$105, 718-636-4100, bam.org
WHAT "George Balanchine's The Nutcracker," first performed in 1954, is a New York City classic. Millions of children have seen the growing one-ton Christmas tree, the onstage snowstorm and the troupe of little dancers from the School of American Ballet.
WHEN Friday at 3 p.m., Sunday at 1 and 5 p.m. Runs through Jan. 2.
LENGTH 111 minutes with intermission
TICKETS $40-$225, 212-721-6500, nycballet.com