Ballet dancers spend an unusual amount of time on their toes, much like the coworker who creeps up behind your chair every day just to watch you for a while. Gaze at grace with this GrouponLive deal to see the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at The Palace Theatre Albany on Tuesday, December 4, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Choose from the following seating options:
- For $29, you get one G-Pass for balcony seating (up to a $47.50 value, including all fees) and one Great Russian Nutcracker DVD (a $25 value; up to a $72.50 total value).
- For $42, you get one G-Pass for loge seating (up to a $60 value, including all fees) and one nutcracker souvenir (a $25 value; up to an $85 total value).
- For $65, you get one G-Pass for orchestra seating (up to a $79.85 value, including all fees), one nutcracker souvenir (a $25 value), and one DVD (a $25 value; up to a $129.85 total value).
Because the ticket is a G-Pass, Groupon customers can use it to enter the venue directly; they will not need to redeem their Groupon at will call.
The spirit of Tchaikovsky guides Moscow Ballet’s professional ballerinas as they leap and pirouette against nine hand-painted backgrounds that invigorate his spirited score in time for the holiday season. The Great Russian Nutcracker reintroduces audiences of all ages to young Masha, whose taste for adventure rivals her magical wooden doll’s legendary aversion to chestnuts. Dancers fling themselves across the stage in grand jetés as the curtain opens on Moscow’s iconic skyline, which gives way to a spooky dreamland as the Mouse King rears his fuzzy head to stir up mischief. Audiences gasp as legions of mice capture Masha’s strong-jawed companion and carry him away in front of a lavishly decorated Christmas tree that grows to a height of more than 60 feet and a population of more than 600 squirrels. Live orchestral accompaniment blares during the ensuing battle and ushers the action into the enchanted land of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the ballet's second act. Russian designer Valentin Federov’s 3-D backdrops pay homage to the snowy forests of his homeland, and the puppets that dance alongside the ballerinas nod to the mysterious felt creatures that roam the foothills of Siberia. Moscow Ballet selects its soloists from Moscow’s finest crop of dancers.
The Palace Theatre Albany
During the Great Depression, The Palace Theatre Albany became a crown jewel of entertainment by uplifting spirits with vaudeville performances and feature films. It later landed a spot on the National Register of Historic Places and, after a brief closing in 1969, reopened its doors to beckon a wide range of acts, such as Melissa Etheridge and Bill Cosby, to its renovated facilities. Despite its makeover, the theater proudly displays its vintage origins with an old-timey marquee, decorative brickwork, and Austrian baroque decor.
Due to security restrictions, G-Passes must be printed out and presented in person at the event. They cannot be redeemed through Groupon's mobile app.