Tony Winners Join Christopher Wheeldon’s Nutcracker

News   Tony Winners Join Christopher Wheeldon’s Nutcracker
The Joffrey Ballet has announced the award-winning creative team for the world premiere.
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The Chicago-based Joffrey Ballet has announced the artistic team for the world-premiere production of The Nutcracker by Tony-winning An American in Paris choreographer Christopher Wheeldon.

Basil Twist
Basil Twist Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Wheeldon’s The Nutcracker will be presented December 10-30 in Chicago.

The award-winning team will comprise Tony-nominated set and costume designer Julian Crouch (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), author and illustrator Brian Selznick (The Invention of Hugo Cabret), Obie and Drama Desk award-winning puppeteer and MacArthur Fellowship recipient Basil Twist (The Addams Family), five-time Tony-winning lighting designer Natasha Katz (An American in Paris) and Tony-winning projection designer Ben Pearcy (An American in Paris).

“It was always my wish to create a Nutcracker that belongs specifically to The Joffrey Ballet - a version that accurately represents its position as a premiere American ballet company dedicated to presenting unique repertoire and cutting-edge works,” said Wheeldon in a press statement. “This Nutcracker will push the boundaries of classical dance and transport audiences to a magical moment when Chicago transformed into a beacon of wonder. I’m honored to partner with the Joffrey once again and bring this vision to life with today’s best creative minds.”

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