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Since its premiere in February 1954, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker has been a highlight of the New York City Ballet’s annual repertoire.

City for Display: 

David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center

Set to the music of Tchaikovsky, the awe-inspiring production—which runs from Nov. 29 to Jan. 4—features 90 dancers, 62 musicians, 32 stagehands, two casts of 50 young students from the School of American Ballet and one 1-ton Christmas tree. As the late critic Clive Barnes wrote, “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, particularly for New York kids and the parents they bring with them, really is a child’s dream of heaven, and, for many, an introduction into the entire world of dance.