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BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music)

The Hard Nut

Howard Gilman Opera House

Brooklyn, New York — United States

Performances Times

December 14, 2018

7:30 pm

December 15, 2018

2:00 pm, 7:30 pm

December 16, 2018

3:00 pm

The Hard Nut Family Party

December 20, 2018

7:30 pm

December 21, 2018

7:30 pm

December 22, 2018

2:00 pm, 7:30 pm

December 23, 2018

3:00 pm

Works Performed

The Hard Nut

Music - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The Hard Nut returns home to BAM this holiday season.


A cascade of wit and wintry beauty featuring Morris’ lyrical modern dance choreography, this lavish, gender-bent love letter to a classic transplants the story from the straight-laced 1890s to the swinging 70s, with raucous parties, dancing G.I. Joes, whimsical costumes, and a Waltz of the Snowflakes like no other. Tchaikovsky’s complete original score, performed live by the 53-piece MMDG Music Ensemble drives this colorful retelling, which playfully preserves the warm spirit of an essential holiday tradition.

Based on the book by E.T.A. Hoffman, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
Featuring the MMDG Music Ensemble and The Hard Nut Singers
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Set design by Adrianne Lobel
Costume design by Martin Pakledinaz
Lighting design by James F. Ingalls

Production based on the work of Charles Burns

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Please note: BAM requires that audience members be at least 4 years old. 


Cast Highlights 

Marie Lauren Grant 
Fritz June Omura 
Louise/Princess Pirlipat Lesley Garrison 
Dr Stahlbaum/King Mark Morris 
Mrs Stahlbaum/Queen John Heginbotham 
Housekeeper/Nurse Brandon Randolph 
Drosselmeier Billy Smith 
Nutcracker/Young Drosselmeier        Aaron Loux

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Special Event Ticket Packages


The Hard Nut Family Party — Sunday, December 16, 3pm 

A day full of fun and hot chocolate for families—featuring a 20% discount on a family package of tickets and a post-show party at the Dance Center with opportunities to meet the cast.

These special ticket packages are available only through MMDG.

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