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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 29–December 8: 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 10–December 22: 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 23–December 29: M, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; T, 2 p.m.; Th, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; F, 8 p.m.; S, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.; December 30–January 4: M, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; T, noon and 4 p.m.; Th, 7 p.m.; F, 8 p.m.; S, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
• Price: $29–254


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 14, 15, 22, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
• Price: $41–$47

American Ballet Theatre
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave., nr. Ashland Pl., Ft. Greene; 718-636-4100.
This new, acclaimed production of The Nutcracker received rave reviews for its choreography by Alexei Ratmansky, live orchestra, and costumes and sets by Tony Award–winner Richard Hudson.
• Dates: December 13, 7 p.m.; December 14, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; December 15, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.; December 18–20, 7 p.m.; December 21, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; December 22, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
• Price: $25–$115


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 5–6, 7 p.m.; December 7, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; December 8, 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 15, 2 p.m.
• Price: $10


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