BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) – A popular take on a classic holiday show is about to commemorate a milestone.
âUrban Nutcrackerâ will celebrate its 20th season at the Boch Center Shubert Theater this month. Presented by Boston City Ballet, the performance features winter scenes set in present-day downtown Boston with a diverse cast aimed at reflecting the city’s contemporary population.
Founder and Artistic Director Tony Williams created the show to bring the classic Nutcracker story into the modern era. He said the show paid homage to Boston and its many iconic landmarks, including the âMake Way for Ducklingsâ statues, the Boston Public Garden and the Citgo sign.
âOur production draws on many aspects of Boston and its settings,â said Williams. “Our production captures the essence of traditional Nutcracker history, while using the glorious music of Tchaikovsky with the urban touch of the incomparable Duke Ellington.”
Rooted in classical ballet, the “Urban Nutcracker” comprises a wide range of dance forms such as tap, hip-hop, flamenco and jazz. The music is performed by the Urban Nut / Band.
âYou never get bored looking at the many styles of dancing,â added Williams. âFor 20 years, Urban Nutcracker by Anthony Williams has celebrated diversity through dance!
“Urban Nutcracker” will give nine performances from December 18 to 26, 2021. Tickets are available at the Boch Center box office or in line.
Matt Shearer of WBZ (@MattWBZ) told Williams about this energetic performance: