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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.


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 27–December 6: 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 8–December 20: 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 21–January 3: M, 7 p.m.; T, 2 p.m and 7 p.m.; Wed, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Th, 2 p.m.; S, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
• Price: $35–$265

New York Theatre Ballet
Florence Gould Hall, 55 E. 59th St., nr. Park Ave.; 212-355-6160.
Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey St., at West St.; 212-417-2414.

A streamlined one-hour version that's been known to attract celebrity moms like Marcia Gay Harden and Sarah Jessica Parker.
• Dates: Florence Gould Hall December 11, noon; December 12–13, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Brookfield Place December 4, 7 p.m.; December 5, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
• Price: $34 (free at Brookfield Place)

Mark Morris Dance Group: The Hard Nut
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave., nr. Ashland Pl., Fort Greene; 718-636-4100.
This year, in lieu of a traditional performance, BAM is hosting Mark Morris’ The Hard Nut, a “retro-modern reimagining” of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s original that takes places in the '70s and features the comic-style art of Charles Burns, over-the-top costumes, and dancing G.I. Joes, all set to the classic score.
• Dates: December 12, 7:30 p.m.; December 13, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.; December 16-18, 7:30 p.m.; December 19, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; December 20, 1 p.m.
• Price: $25–$135

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 10–11, 7 p.m.; December 12, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; December 13, noon and 5 p.m.
• Price: $45–$85 ($36-$68 for seniors and students)

The Dance Theatre in Westchester: The Colonial Nutcracker
Walt Whitman Theatre, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College, 2900 Campus Rd., nr. Nostrand Ave., Flatbush; 718-951-4500.
This family-friendly production places The Nutcracker story in colonial Yorktown.
• Dates: December 13, 2 p.m.
• Price: $18


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