- $17 for one ticket to see A Jazzy Nutcracker (up to $34 value)
- Where: Monroe Performing Arts Center
- Seating: reserved
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
Dates and Times
- Friday, December 12, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.
- Saturday, December 13, at 1 p.m. Doors open at 12 p.m.
- Saturday, December 13, at 4:30 p.m. Doors open at 3:30 p.m.
The value of this deal is based on regular ticket prices and doesn’t reflect student, child, or senior discounts.
A Jazzy Nutcracker
Based on a novel by 19th-century romantic fabulist E.T.A. Hoffman, The Nutcracker weaves a magical tale of holiday adventure around one of the most recognizable scores in the ballet repertoire. Traditionally, it begins when young Clara receives a nutcracker from her godfather, a wizardly toymaker named Drosselmeyer, and ends in the Land of Sweets after a dreamlike battle between toys and mice. But in this version, things are a bit different.
Best known for his decade-plus run of traditional Nutcracker stagings, Graham Lustig takes that original tale, gives it a twist, and sets it up in the jazzy ’60s. While a live band re-shapes Tchaikovsky’s score with trumpets, saxophones, a pulsing snare, and a swinging new time signature, the Lustig cast and 50 specially selected student dancers tell the story their way. Mylar-clad astronauts fight battles in outer space, a cartoonishly angular TV set mesmerizes its viewer with a psychedelic screen, and Santa himself shows up to get down and let loose without all his reindeer judging him. But before the curtain falls, the show gives a nod to the original Nutcracker, with tutu-clad ballet dancers taking the stage for a traditional finale.
Lustig Dance Theatre
When choreographer and director Graham Lustig founded his studio in 2010, he did so with a mission: to inspire a love of dance throughout New Jersey. To that end, Lustig Dance Theatre's company performs across the state while a core group of teachers stays behind to offer education and outreach to future ballet stars. Yet seen in both of the Theatre's halves is a focus on innovation, most apparently in its resolve to support vibrant, forward-thinking new works.