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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; 212-496-0600.
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 24–December 31: days and times vary, see website for schedule
• Price: $85-$190


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 15, 6 p.m.; December 16-17, 11 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
• Price: $34, $24 for kids 12 and under


Dances Patrelle: The Yorkville Nutcracker
Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave., nr. 68th St.; 212-772-4448.
The Sugar Plum Fairy alights in 1890s Manhattan for a history lesson en pointe.
• Dates: December 7–8, 8 p.m.; December 9, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; December 10, noon and 5 p.m.
• Price: $45–$85 (half off for seniors and students)

Moscow Ballet
King Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave, nr. Tilden Ave.; 800-745-3000.
As part of their 25th anniversary North American tour, the Moscow Ballet will bring a truly grand production of The Nutcracker to Brooklyn for a single day. It will be accompanied by the classic Tchaikovsky score and include some backdrops designed by Carl Sprague, set concept designer for La La Land.
• Dates: December 9, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
• Price: General admission, $45-$125 (senior and military discount at door)


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