December 3, 2010 at 9:05 AM | by Jennifer Kester
Nutcracker: Rated R
When it comes to holiday dance shows, the Rockettes seem to have kicked out any other competition. But if you’ve already seen the Radio City Spectacular or want something different, there are some dance shows that are trying to give the leggy ladies a run for their money.
Check out our list of alternative holiday dance shows:
· The Hard Nut
The other big dance show you’ll see this time of year is The Nutcracker. Everyone from your four-year-old niece’s dance class to the city ballet company offers a holiday Nutcracker helping. Well-known Mark Morris Dance Group has a modern, darker take of the usually cloying production. Other updates include setting the 1890s tale in the 1970s, inject humor and adding in comic book art from Charles Burns. It runs December 10-19 at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn.
· Nutcracker: Rated R
You can OD on family-friendly entertainment around Christmastime. If you want some raunch this holiday, try this show. It turns The Nutcracker into a ballet-burlesque bonanza with stripping, drugs, family secrets and sex. This version transplants the story in 1980s New York City. Sweet Clara has turned into a scantily clad rebellious goth teen who hits the seamy club scene. It runs December 9-31 at the American Theatre of Actors in NYC.
· White Christmas
Fans of the classics will swoon over this dance-heavy production based off of the 1954 film starring Bing Crosby. The Irving Berlin musical follows two army buds with a successful song-and-dance act. When the fellas find out that a snowless Christmas is killing their old general’s Vermont inn, they decide to use their musical talents to help draw in guests. The seven-city tour is in Chicago, its final stop. The show runs through January 2 in the Bank of America Theatre.