For twenty-five years, Francis Patrelle’s vision of Gracie Mansion, the New York Botanical Gardens and the Land of Sweets has been delighting audiences of all ages. Dancers in dazzling costumes, performing on lavish sets, have been telling the tale of the Nutcracker in Olde New York in an unforgettable performance.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of The Yorkville Nutcracker, set in 1895. The journey begins with a Christmas Eve party at Gracie Mansion attended by dignitaries from around the world – including the new police commissioner, Theodore Roosevelt. Behold a battle with life-sized mice! Then go for a bracing midnight skate on the ponds of Central Park. Finally, take a sleigh-ride to the Grand Conservatory of the Bronx Botanical Gardens in time for a beautiful sunrise buffet of sweets, hosted by the Sugar-Plum Fairy. New York City Ballet’s Abi Stafford and Jared Angle lead the Dances Patrelle cast in this magical and whirlwind seasonal confection, with rich delights for ballet lovers of every age.
When: December 11, 2021 at 2 and 7pm
December 12, 2021 at noon and 5pm
Where: The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
68th Street, between Park & Lexington Avenues, NYC
To purchase tickets call (212) 772-4448 or purchase at the Kaye Playhouse box office. You can also purchase here:
Visit Dances Patrelle to learn more.
All audience members must be fully vaccinated. You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after you have received a second dose in a two-dose vaccine series or two weeks after you have received a single-dose vaccine.
All audience members must provide in-person verification of vaccination. Prior to entering the venue, you will be asked to provide proof of vaccination through the the Excelsior Pass (for New York State residents), or an original physical vaccination card or photograph of it. Safety personnel will review your proof of vaccination along with your photo ID as you arrive.
All audience members must wear a mask upon entering the building and for the entire time in the building. Patrons should bring their own masks.
Photos courtesy of Dances Patrelle.
I was not compensated for this post. I received tickets.
Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman is a PR consultant and freelance writer and has written for several blogs, including The Huffington Post. She has been living in the New York City area for over twenty years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature as well as a Law Degree. Maytal is a mom to three kids, ages 14, 12 and 9.