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NYCB Goes to the Movies -- with Balanchine's Nutcracker


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#46 Dale

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 10:48 AM

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RENOWNED NEW YORK CITY BALLET TO BRING


GEORGE BALANCHINE’S THE NUTCRACKER™


WITH SPECIAL GUEST HOST KELLY RIPA


LIVE TO MOVIE THEATERS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON




Produced by Lincoln Center for Live Broadcast by NCM Fathom,


Beloved Holiday Classic Arrives in Select Theaters


Nationwide on Tuesday, December 13




New York & Centennial, Colo. – November 21, 2011 – This holiday season, New York City Ballet’s acclaimed production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ arrives in movie theaters across the country for one magical night. New York City Ballet presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ LIVE featuring special guest host Kelly Ripa of LIVE! With Kelly,will be broadcast to more than 550 theaters nationally on Tuesday, December 13 at 6:00 p.m. ET/ 5:00 p.m. CT/ 7:30 p.m. MT/PT/HI/AK (tape delayed). As host of the live broadcast, Ripa will take audiences backstage for a behind-the-scenes look at the magic of The Nutcracker including interviews with NYCB principal dancers and others who bring this holiday classic to life onstage. This special holiday event will also feature an exclusive visit to a rehearsal at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet and home to the young ballet students who perform in the production each year.



Tickets are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom website (theaters and participants are subject to change).



“We are thrilled to bring this beloved holiday production to audiences around the country, in what we hope will be the first of many opportunities to present New York City Ballet’s extraordinary repertory in movie theaters throughout the world,” said Katherine E. Brown, NYCB’s executive director. “We are particularly delighted to have Kelly Ripa hosting this landmark presentation, bringing her unmatched passion and energy to this very special event.”



Ripa is co-host of the popular syndicated morning talk show LIVE! With Kelly and recently celebrated her 10th anniversary as co-host of the show. After 10 consecutive Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Talk Show Host with partner Regis Philbin, the duo recently was honored as co-winners of the 2011 Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host for "LIVE."



New York City Ballet presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ LIVEis being produced for movie theaters by the award-winning Live From Lincoln Center team that brings live performances to millions of viewers every year. This special holiday presentation will be broadcast to select movie theaters through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network.



The Nutcracker will transport audiences to a dream-like place filled with visions of Sugarplum Fairies, marching toy soldiers and a glowing one-ton Christmas tree that will grow, seemingly forever, in front of movie theater audiences nationwide. The production will feature NYCB Principal Dancers Megan Fairchild and Joaquin de Luz as the “Sugarplum Fairy” and her “Cavalier” and Ashley Bouder as “Dewdrop,” accompanied by the 62-piece New York City Ballet Orchestra under the direction of conductor Clotilde Otrano.



Other highlights of this enchanting presentation include an onstage snowstorm and hundreds of elaborate costumes including one for “Mother Ginger” that measures nine feet wide and weighs 85 pounds. The production’s grand finale will also use more than one million watts of lighting – the most used in any New York City Ballet production.



Set to Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky’s glorious score, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ features choreography by Balanchine, scenery by Rouben Ter-Arutunian, costumes by Karinska, and lighting by Mark Stanley after the original design by Ronald Bates. The production will feature more than 70 New York City Ballet dancers, the 62-piece New York City Ballet Orchestra, and 50 children from the School of American Ballet, the official school of NYCB.



“This is an exciting ‘first’ for Lincoln Center and for the New York City Ballet­the first offering of an American ballet company’s live performance in cinemas worldwide,” said Elizabeth Scott, Lincoln Center’s chief media and digital officer.



This production, which premiered on February 2, 1954, at the City Center of Music and Drama in New York City, helped establish The Nutcracker and its score as a perennial favorite in the United States, evident by the countless versions of the ballet now performed all over the country. New York City Ballet’s beloved production has been seen by more than 100,000 people annually and has been performed more than 2,000 times.



George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™is a holiday favorite cherished by millions around the world,” said Dan Diamond, senior vice president of NCM Fathom. “Performed live by America’s treasured New York City Ballet, fans will experience this historic holiday performance all in the comfort and convenience of their local movie theater.”



About National CineMedia (NCM)

NCM operates NCM Media Networks, a leading integrated media company reaching U.S. consumers in movie theaters, online and through mobile technology. The NCM Cinema Network and NCM Fathom present cinema advertising and events across the nation’s largest digital in-theater network, comprised of theaters owned by AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK), Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) and other leading regional theater circuits. NCM’s theater advertising network covers 176 Designated Market Areas® (49 of the top 50) and includes over 18,300 screens (17,300 digital). During 2010, approximately 700 million patrons attended movies shown in theaters in which NCM currently has exclusive, cinema advertising agreements in place. The NCM Fathom Events broadcast network is comprised of nearly 700 locations in 165 Designated Market Areas® (all of the top 50). The NCM Interactive Network offers 360-degree integrated marketing opportunities in combination with cinema, encompassing 42 entertainment-related websites, online widgets and mobile applications. National CineMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCMI) owns a 48.7% interest in and is the managing member of National CineMedia LLC. For more information, visit www.ncm.com or www.FathomEvents.com.


About the New York City Ballet

New York City Ballet is one of the foremost dance companies in the world, with a roster of spectacular dancers and an unparalleled repertory. Now under the artistic direction of Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins, the Company was founded in 1948 by the legendary choreography George Balanchine and arts patron Lincoln Kirstein, and quickly became world-renowned for its athletic, contemporary style, which revolutionized the ballet world. The Company has also been home to Jerome Robbins, who made more than 50 works for NYCB, as well as to countless other choreographers, composers, dancers and musicians. Widely acknowledged for its enduring contributions to dance, NYCB is committed to promoting creative excellence and nurturing a new generation of dancers and choreographers.



About Lincoln Center

With this collaboration, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts launches its newest distribution channel, Lincoln Center Digital Productions. Lincoln Center is a 16-acre campus housing 11 prestigious cultural organizations, including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The other 10 are the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and the School of American Ballet.

#47 Natalia

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 11:07 AM

Here's the cast, released by the company:

GEORGE BALANCHINE’S THE NUTCRACKERTM
PRINCIPAL CASTING TUESDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 13, 6:00 PM
(Broadcast live to movie theaters nationally)
AND WEDNESDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 14, 8:00 PM
(Broadcast live nationally on PBS by Live From Lincoln Center) (Conductor: Otranto)
SUGARPLUM: M. Fairchild; CAVALIER: De Luz; DEWDROP: Bouder; HERR DROSSELMEIER: Hendrickson; MARZIPAN: T. Peck; HOT CHOCOLATE: Scheller, Danchig-Waring; COFFEE: Reichlen; TEA: Carmena; CANDY CANE: Ulbricht; MOTHER GINGER: Scordato; FLOWERS: Lowery, Krohn; DOLLS: Lovette, Sell; SOLDIER: Huxley; MOUSE KING: J. Peck; DR & FRAU STAHLBAUM: Muller, la Cour


Thanks. So it'll be the SAME cast, two night's in a row? It's a great cast but...same cast, twice 'live' seems a little odd. If you see the NYCB website's casting for the first 2 weeks of Nutcracker, the company is offering various wonderful casts, e.g., Sugarplums by Mearns, Hyltin, Reichlen, Taylor, Peck, etc.

I'm almost willing to bet that the television show on the 14th will not be truly 'live.' If it's a film of the previous day's performance, it could be altered, i.e., mistakes re-taped, portions deleted, etc. I would not be truly 'live.'

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 11:40 AM

So it's the same cast for both the screening and the PBS broadcast? What bad luck for us! And no Mearns? Posted Image


Edit: I don't really understand the point of doing it live both nights if it's not for a different cast have the opportunity for each one?

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 11:53 AM

I was sorry not to see Mearns as Sugarplum, too. I don't get the Dec. 13 AND 14 live broadcasts. I just don't why both nights are being broadcast instead of just the 14th....

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 12:47 PM

To answer your question, it's to accommodate those who don't own televisions. Like me. At least that's how I'd like to interpret it! What would I do if it were only on PBS and I had to miss it entirely? There do exist people who limit their diet to sprouts and organic beans, others who run every morning at 5 a.m., and those whose personal idiosyncracy is to place a huge empty bookcase where ordinarily the huge TV screen would go. I am one of the last group, and my empty bookcase will hopefully fill up quickly with all the books I long to read - in between going to NYCB!

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 03:16 PM

I think the PBS broadcast will be a "live-on-tape" of the previous night's performance. According to the blurb above, the "Live from Lincoln Center" staff/crew is doing the cinema distribution (& taping?) so it doesn't make much sense to do the same thing twice. Instead, think of the PBS broadcast as a 'delayed broadcast' of the cinema version.

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 04:56 PM

Having Kelly Ripa host is an excellent idea. She can promote the broadcast on her daily show, and hopefully will have a few of the dancers on in advance of the broadcast to inspire people to come to the cinema.

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 05:10 PM

Who is Kelly Ripa? Jenifer Ringer should host the broadcast, she speaks beautifully, is lovely and refined, and most important, is a principal of New York City Ballet. I wish Jenny had been Sugar Plum as she is featured in the promotion video. Megan Fairchild just doesn't have the level of maturity that Sugar Plum needs to project beside the child dancers.

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 05:34 PM

To answer your question, it's to accommodate those who don't own televisions. Like me. At least that's how I'd like to interpret it! What would I do if it were only on PBS and I had to miss it entirely? There do exist people who limit their diet to sprouts and organic beans, others who run every morning at 5 a.m., and those whose personal idiosyncracy is to place a huge empty bookcase where ordinarily the huge TV screen would go. I am one of the last group, and my empty bookcase will hopefully fill up quickly with all the books I long to read - in between going to NYCB!


Jayne answered my question. That was what I was wondering. Not that it was shown in theaters but that they should have two live performances filmed. p.s. I do not own a giant TV.

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 06:31 PM


To answer your question, it's to accommodate those who don't own televisions. Like me. At least that's how I'd like to interpret it! What would I do if it were only on PBS and I had to miss it entirely? There do exist people who limit their diet to sprouts and organic beans, others who run every morning at 5 a.m., and those whose personal idiosyncracy is to place a huge empty bookcase where ordinarily the huge TV screen would go. I am one of the last group, and my empty bookcase will hopefully fill up quickly with all the books I long to read - in between going to NYCB!


Jayne answered my question. That was what I was wondering. Not that it was shown in theaters but that they should have two live performances filmed. p.s. I do not own a giant TV.


Yes, we were both responding to the original idea that the theater screening and the PBS telecast would be independent live events. This is clearly not to be the case. Congratulations on not owning a TV. Since you don't and are asking, Kelly Ripa is an extremely popular daytime television host--she was Regis Kelly's co-host until he retired last week--whose involvement in the broadcast will likely draw in additional viewers for both the PBS and theater showings.

Agree with Jayne--hopefully Ripa will have some rehearsal footage on the show in the lead up.

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 08:40 PM

I have the Holiday Spirit so will consider my purchase of two tix for the initial screening on the 13th a gift to art. Nonetheless, somebody please remind me next time to not purchase tix for any similar "live in cinemas" concocted by PBS in the future, as it looks like I'll be able to see the exact-same thing for free on my not-so-big TV in the comfort of my living room, wearing pjs and sipping a nice glass of wine.

I wonder if Kelly Ripa will also let viewers know that they can see the same thing for free in their own homes, on the 14th? As Barnum used to say, "There's a sucker born every minute" & some of us have been punked. Can't get too angry when it's the NYCB. I wish them well.

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 06:50 AM

I definitely feel duped. To me, "Live from Lincoln Center" means a LIVE performance, not "live-on-tape," whatever that means. PBS should add a disclaimer.

I bought HD tickets. I will have to leave work early, given the rush hour traffic, to make the 6pm curtain. To now know that I could save myself the trouble (and money!) by just watching the broadcast at home the following evening ...

I understand why NYCB didn't want to advertise that it was going to be the same performance, but it stills feels like bait and switch. It definitely does not improve my already poor impression of NYCB's administrative workings.

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 07:30 AM

Just learned that this is available at a local theater. (No publicity, of course.) So we'll be there.

I wonder how this will effect ticket sales of other Balanchine Nutcrackers -- live performances, I mean. I'm thinking of Miami's, but I know there are three or four other companies that also do the Balanchine version.

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 06:36 PM

I think the PBS broadcast will be a "live-on-tape" of the previous night's performance. According to the blurb above, the "Live from Lincoln Center" staff/crew is doing the cinema distribution (& taping?) so it doesn't make much sense to do the same thing twice. Instead, think of the PBS broadcast as a 'delayed broadcast' of the cinema version.


Maybe not? While I was waiting on eternal hold with a not very customer focused vendor, I played around with the "Buy Tickets" section of the NYCB website and was able to put seats for both the 12/13 6PM and 12/14 8PM performances in my cart -- that suggests two different live performances, no?

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 07:48 PM

I definitely feel duped. To me, "Live from Lincoln Center" means a LIVE performance, not "live-on-tape," whatever that means. PBS should add a disclaimer.


I think they do put a little note intheir broadcast--ie "small type" that it's not actually live. The Live from lincoln Center performances have not actually been live (to the best of my knowledge) in *any* market, no matter what the time zone for a very very long time, if ever. It usually means it's rom Lincoln Center (obvious I guess), was taped live (ie not a combo of several performances or fancy edits), and almost always something shown on Live, unlike something shown on PBS' Great Performances, can only be shown by an individual PBS twice, and can not be released to DVD due to actor/technician contracts. (Which is unfortunate--there have been many Live From Lincoln Centers in the past, things like the Broadway musical Light in the Piazza, that I foolishly did not record and can not be released).


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