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A 'Nutcracker' smackdown in the city

The party scene from the New York City

The party scene from the New York City Ballet production of "George Balanchine's The Nutcracker," at Lincoln Center, Nov. 26, 2010 through Jan. 2, 2011. Photo Credit: Paul Kolnik

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."

WHERE Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn

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,

New York City Ballet


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.

WHERE David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center Plaza, Columbus Avenue at 63rd Street.

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,


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