It’s time to get cracking – again.
A groundbreaking holiday show which became an instant New York City classic will make its return next month.
The Hip Hop Nutcracker combines the beloved Russian ballet’s classic story elements and Tchaikovsky’s famous score with hip hop dancing, while setting the story in modern day Northern Manhattan.
The show returns for the third straight year with a trio of area performances during December.
The Hip Hop Nutcracker will revisit the stage where it debuted in 2014 — the United Palace in Washington Heights — for two shows on December 3, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. It will also visit the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark, NJ on December 17 at 3 p.m.
Legendary rapper and Harlem native Kurtis Blow will again serve as a guest MC for all shows, performing a collection of his classic hits and rapping the intro to The Hip Hop Nutcracker.
United Palace Executive Director Mike Fitelson, who developed The Hip Hop Nutcracker along with Jennifer Weber, Artistic Director of the award-winning Decadancetheatre Company, said he always intended for the show to become an annual holiday tradition in the city.
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