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Attack of the Sugar Plum Fairies

Yes, the town’s overflowing with tulle. But mercifully, there’s a Nutcracker to satisfy every taste.

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New York City Ballet
David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center; 212-870-5500.
Towering trees, onstage blizzards, and pretty ballerinas. Why mess with the success of the late, great choreographer George Balanchine? This one sets the standard.
• Dates: November 28–December 7: Th, 7 p.m.; F, 8 p.m.; S, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.; December 9–December 21: T, 7 p.m.; W, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Th, 7 p.m.; F, 8 p.m.; S, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.; December 22–January 3: M, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; T, 2 p.m and 7 p.m.; Wed, 2 p.m.; F, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; S, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
• Price: $40–$260


New York Theatre Ballet
Florence Gould Hall, 55 E. 59th St., nr. Park Ave.; 212-355-6160.
A streamlined one-hour version that's been known to attract celebrity moms like Marcia Gay Harden and Sarah Jessica Parker.
• Dates: December 19: 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.; December 20–21: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
• Price: $35–$40

American Ballet Theatre
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave., nr. Ashland Pl., Fort Greene; 718-636-4100.
This acclaimed production of The Nutcracker has received rave reviews for its choreography by Alexei Ratmansky, live orchestra, and costumes and sets by Tony Award–winner Richard Hudson. Be sure to catch it this time around, as it's moving to the west coast next year.
• Dates: December 12, 7 p.m.; December 13, noon and 4:30 p.m.; December 14, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.; December 16–19, 7 p.m.; December 20, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; December 21, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
• Price: $20–$195


Dances Patrelle: The Yorkville Nutcracker
Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave., at 68th St.; 212-772-4448.
The Sugar Plum Fairy alights in 1890s Manhattan for a history lesson en pointe.
• Dates: December 4–5, 7 p.m.; December 6, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; December 7, noon and 5 p.m.
• Price: $45–$85

The Dance Theatre in Westchester: The Colonial Nutcracker
Walt Whitman Theater at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, 2900 Campus Road, nr. Nostrand Ave., Flatbush; 718-951-4500.
This family-friendly production places The Nutcracker story in colonial Yorktown.
• Dates: December 14, 2 p.m.
• Price: $15


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