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Sarah

Lovely review. (As Always!)

I took my goddaughters on our annual "Nutcracker" outing on Wednesday night and had the pleasure of meeting Troy backstage - he was kind enough to take a picture with my star-struck-7 year old with his makeup and warm up clothes on- a nice guy and a great dancer... what a combo!

Megan was Dewdrop our night as well and I've never seen it danced better. There's something about her energy and her poise and her sparkle that makes her shine in that role - I actually felt that she out danced and out sparkled our sugarplum (Tess Reichlen) who seemed a bit unsteady with her Cavalier (Steven Hanna).

I hope you'll be attending the all-new casting next week (I have tickets to see Mark Twain's "Is He Dead?" on B'way so I won't be able to make it) so you must promise to fill me in on all the details. I'm especially looking forward to hearing about Katie Morgan who seems to be moving up the ranks of responsibility faster than anyone in recent memory.

Philip

Sarah, I had to splurge on a more expensive seat for the 'all-new' NUTCRACKER on 12/15. It looks like that performance is really drawing lots of interest.

In general I think NUTCRACKER is selling very well this Winter after a few years when it seemed to slump a bit.

Before the performance I got to see Wendy (in a beautiful new red coat) and Faye (all bundled up) on the Plaza...and then Katie Morgan ran past me carrying a tutu. She's so pretty. Moments later, who should walk by but Placido Domingo who wished me a Merry Christmas! By the time I met Karin I was feeling pretty star-struck myself...

By the way, the Lincoln Center Christmas tree is looking exceptionally nice this year and the Met is decorated with a large banner for HANSEL & GRETEL which opens December 24th...with Lisette as the Dew Fairy.

Laura

Did anybody notice that it looked like Wendy was not wearing tights in last night's Nutcracker?

Philip

I didn't notice! That would be very unusual...

Laura

Right. I must be crazy. Her legs just looked totally bare. *wonders*

Philip

Hmmm...it would be unlike her to 'forget' to wear them!! Maybe they were super-sheer??

Bob

I'm only on Nutcracker #1 but I do have two more next week (Thursday evening and the much anticipated Saturday matinee). I attended last night's (Friday, Dec. 7) performance and it was splendid thoughout, with standout performances by Ashley Bouder (she's in a league of her own) as Dewdrop, Katie Morgan as the leader of the Marzipans, and Danny Ulbricht as the leader of the Candy Canes. The other performances were all first-rate, especially Yvonne Borree (Sugar Plum), Ben Millepied (Cavalier, Kyle Froman (Drosselmeier), Gwyneth Muller (Coffee), and RAchel Rutherford and Jennifer Tinsley-Williams as the lead flowers. Another packed house - you're right, attendance at Nutcracker is really up this this year.

Sophie B

I love your reviews! They're so insightful.

As a seasoned Nutcracker-goer, any tips on what to do about seating? I didn't go last year and am really hoping to attend a few performances this year, but I just don't know what to do about tickets because they're so expensive. When would you say it's worth investing? Or should I just stick to 4th ring, and invest in binoculars instead?
Thanks in advance!

Philip

Sophie, I actually think the production looks better from a distance. 4th Ring is fine, in my opinion. Good binoculars are indispensable at the ballet.

Bob, thank you for the details of a cast I wasn't able to see this year...how did Yvonne & Benjamin do as a partnership?

Bob

Yvonne and Benjamin worked very well together. Ben's partnering was very secure and he seemed to bring out the best in Yvonne. She appeared to be quite relaxed, happy and vibrant on stage and the audience responded to them very enthusiastically.

Sophie B

Thanks for the tip. Now I'll just have to decide what cast to see - they're all so great that it's impossible to choose!

Philip

Yes, it is always hard to choose because there are so many interesting dancers. That's why I end up going 5 or 6 times every year!

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