Worth a read as this is about the great American Nutcracker. Make no mistake: this is the genuine article, devoid of glitzy Hollywood tricks and gimmicks, the one to see if you’re seeing only one, and the one against which all other domestic versions must eventually be measured.

“Fifty years ago, George Balanchine finally staged the Nutcracker of his dreams, a triumph for the New York City Ballet in its then new Lincoln Center home. Laura Jacobs tells how Balanchine’s childhood Christmases, his youth in St. Petersburg (dancing multiple roles in The Nutcracker himself), and his 41-foot tree sparked an American holiday tradition.”

For more, visit: http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2015/01/the-nutcracker-george-balanchine.