by Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman
If you are a lover of all things Manhattan and enjoy the ballet be sure to see The Knickerbocker Suite, which is a performance of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, but with a New York twist. Performed by Manhattan Youth Ballet which features performers as young as 7-years-old, this 90-minute show is a love letter to New York.
The Knickerbocker Suite features New York City landmarks, such as The Statue of Liberty, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and NY sports teams, weaved into the time-honored holiday tale of The Nutcracker. Classic Nutcracker scenes like “The Land of the Snow” are transformed into a snowy frenzy of shoppers dancing in and out of stores like Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s for last minute gifts. Perhaps one of the more well-known scenes, “Mother Ginger and her Polichinelles,” will be played by the Statue of Liberty and dancing immigrants who just arrived from Ellis Island.
With scenes of shoppers on Fifth Avenue, the angels at Rockefeller Center, the Statue of Liberty, NY sports teams and the romance of Central Park in the winter, The Knickerbocker Suite is a celebration of New York City, its culture and the magic of the holiday season. The production with a story by artist, Elliott Arkin, features an opening scene with narration by Tony Award winner, Michael Cerveris; the choreography of Deborah Wingert, Brian Reeder, Daniel Ulbricht, Marina Stavitskaya & Natalia Boesch; illustrations by Katy DeHay and photography by Erin Baiano.
Here’s a video with highlights from the show:
When: December 13 – 15; December 20-22
Performances are Fridays at 3pm; Saturdays at 3pm and 7pm; Sundays at 3pm.
Where: The Manhattan Movements & Arts Center
248 West 60th Street, NYC
Price: $25 per ticket ($20 for students)
To purchase tickets: Click here or call (212) 787-1178.
Photo by Erin Baiano
I was not compensated for this post. I received tickets to the show.
Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman is the owner of Mama’s Bites and has also written for The Huffington Post. She has been living in New York City for thirteen years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature as well as a Law Degree, but blogging is her true passion. Maytal is a stay-at-home mom to three kids (ages 6, 4 and 1) and loves finding great products that make her family’s life easier.