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 Post subject: Boston Area Holiday Performances
PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2007 8:32 am 
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Theodore Bale in the Boston Herald, describes several Nutcracker performances:
Holiday revelers will go nuts for these ‘Nutcrackers’

The list includes Boston Ballet's "Nutcracker", BalletRox' "Urban Nutcracker", and "Not! The Nutcraker" performed by Boston Youth Moves and others.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2007 9:00 am 
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From Terry Byrne in the Boston Globe:
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‘White Christmas’ sparkles
From the opening bars of “Happy Holidays” at the top of “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” Brian D’Arcy James and Jeffry Denman set a tone that is so crisp it nearly sizzles. And that’s before they’ve even begun to dig into Randy Skinner’s sleek choreography and Walter Bobbie’s brilliant direction.

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From Lauren Beckham Falcone in the Boston Herald:
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You’ll be dreamin’ of ‘White’ Xmas
“Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” is as old-fashioned and sticky sweet as a candy cane, but ‘tis the season, people. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a happier holiday show in town.

Based on the 1954 movie starring Bing Crosby ... “White Christmas” ... is a bold, bouncy bag of song belting, tap-dancing and Christmas cheer, right down to the very end when snow falls on the audience.

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Boston Ballet's "Nutcracker" has its formal opening night later this week. Meanwhile Lauren Beckham Falcone, of the Boston Herald, has some early comments:
‘Nutcracker’: Uneven production weighs down suite treat


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From Karen Campbell in the Boston Globe:
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A tradition in transition
Fine-tuning continues for Boston Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’

For a child, there is no better introduction to the world of ballet than “The Nutcracker.” It’s colorful and accessible, with a child-centric story fueled by Tchaikovsky’s exquisite score. And Boston Ballet’s production is one of the most beloved around, marrying substantive choreography with eye-popping production values.

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From Jeffrey Gantz in the Boston Phoenix:
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More than child’s play
Boston Ballet’s grown-up Nutcracker

After a slow start (it was withdrawn after just 11 St. Petersburg performances in the winter of 1892-’93), The Nutcracker went on to become the most-watched ballet of the 20th century, and a staple of the Christmas season. It’s not hard to see why: underneath Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous score and a little girl’s fantasy about defeating the bad guys, saving your favorite toy, and flying off into candyland there’s a tale for adults.

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From Theodore Bale in the Boston Herald:
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Cast dazzles in spotty ‘Nutcracker’
The opening scene of this year’s “Urban Nutcracker” at John Hancock Hall is one of the strongest and most intricate pieces of choreography seen in Boston in 2007. It’s a kind of friendly face-off of styles: energetic double-Dutch ..., polyrhythmic tap ..., daunting flamenco ..., and rousing Turkish dances ....

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From Marcia Siegel in the Boston Phoenix:
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BalletRox’s Nutcracker

There are several meanings to the word popular, and BalletRox’s The Urban Nutcracker satisfies the truest of them, as a production that reflects and includes all kinds of people. The show, which runs through December 16 at John Hancock Hall, incorporates ballet as well as tap, hip-hop, flamenco, Turkish folk dance, swing dance, and street sports. There’s magic and mime, doo-wop and snow. The cast members, in all colors, range from pre-schoolers to seniors.

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From Terry Byrne in the Boston Globe:
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Jose Mateo brings humor and heart to ‘The Nutcracker’
From the moment the curtain rises on Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker,” there’s magic in the air. This 20th anniversary production highlights the best of Mateo’s approach to the holiday classic as well as his approach to dance education. Every scene in this balanced production combines playfulness with precision.

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The Sunday Boston Globe online has backstage photos of Boston Ballet's Nutcracker here.


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