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Nutcracker vs. other holiday performances
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Author:  ncgnet [ Sun Nov 02, 2003 6:52 am ]
Post subject:  Nutcracker vs. other holiday performances

I decided to start this topic in response to an article in the Boston Globe about the Rockettes coming to the Wang Center next year, forcing Boston Ballet to move its Nutcracker elsewhere. This article addresses the larger issue of the impact of competing holiday shows on Nutcrackers around the country:

The New York grinch who stole Christmas
Radio City's Rockettes get leg up on `The Nutcracker'

By Geoff Edgers, Globe Staff, 11/2/2003

They appear anything but threatening on stage, a smiling chorus line reeling off rounds of eye-high leg kicks. But to producers of "The Nutcracker" ballet across the country, the Rockettes have come to represent a more sinister phenomenon. One market at a time, from Tampa Bay to Seattle, the "Radio City Christmas Spectacular," the touring version of the glitzy New York tradition, has moved in, threatening to take over the all-important holiday market.

Author:  ncgnet [ Wed Nov 12, 2003 6:31 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Nutcracker vs. other holiday performances

Here's a commentary from Eileen McNamara of the Boston Globe, on the loss of holiday traditions in Boston:

Holiday cheatings

When did being a hostage to history stop being the whole point of being a Bostonian?

You turn around one day, and “The Nutcracker” is holding an eviction notice, and miniature, mechanized townspeople are boarding up their Enchanted Village. Where’s the outrage?
It is one thing to understand the economic forces that have turned Main streets from coast to coast into indistinguishable blocks of retail chain stores. It is quite another to surrender to the idea that Radio City Music Hall and the Wang Center and their audiences are interchangeable. They aren’t.

(The Enchanted Village was originally created for and displayed in a large local department store, Jordan Marsh, that was bought out by Macy's. When Macy's stopped displaying it the city took it over, now it is the victim of budget cuts. I'm not sure how long it has been around, it was a well established tradition when I arrived in Boston in the 60's.)

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