Filmed live at the David H. Koch Theater, the broadcast is scheduled for 8 PM ET on WNET/13 in the New York metropolitan area; check local listings.
Set to Tchaikovsky's score, George Balanchine's The Nutcracker features New York City Ballet's dancers and the New York City Ballet Orchestra, as well as 50 children from the School of American Ballet. The work also features choreography by Balanchine, scenery by Rouben Ter-Arutunian, costumes by Karinska and lighting by Mark Stanley, after the original design by Ronald Bates.
Balanchine's production premiered on Feb. 2, 1954, at the City Center of Music and Drama in New York.
For the two-hour broadcast, the ballet will be seen from a variety of perspectives, with eight different camera locations capturing the action.