Posted 30 December 2010 - 07:06 AM
the Playhouse 90 telecast of NUTCRACKER in the City Center era, as detailed in this program, shows a good sampling, albeit in the confines of a tv studio, of the production as detailed in this program, including this version of Coffee and the arrangement of the pas de deux for the ballerina with four cavaliers.
also the Balanchine catalogue documents the number of changes that took place over the years.
[L. Garafola's Dance for a City exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York a few yeas ago showed this telecast in color.]
here is the NYPL dance coll. cat. entry:
The nutcracker 1958. 90 min. : sd. b&w.
Telecast by CBS Television on Playhouse 90 on December 25, 1958. Produced by John Houseman and Jack Landau. Directed by Ralph Nelson. Narrated by June Lockhart.
Choreography: George Balanchine. Music: Peter Tchaikovsky. Scenery: Bob Markell. Costumes: Karinska. Properties: Horace Armistead.
Performed by members of the New York City Ballet and children from the School of American Ballet.
Cast: George Balanchine as Herr Drosselmeyer, Debbie Paine (Clara), Robert Maiorano (Nutcracker prince), Diana Adams (Sugar plum fairy), Allegra Kent (Dewdrop fairy), Arthur Mitchell as Coffee (Arabian dance), Barbara Walczak and Roy Tobias as Chocolate (Spanish dance), Deni Lamont as Tea (Chinese dance), Edward Villella (Candy cane), and Judith Green (Marzipan)