The television adaptation of the Baryshnikov production.

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Gelsey Kirkland ...
Alexander Minz ...
Gayle Young ...
Sallie Wilson ...
Warren Conover ...
Fritz - Clara's Brother / Shepherd Dancer
Rebecca Wright ...
George De La Pena ...
The Moor / Russian Dance
Marcos Paredes ...
The Mouse King / Drunken Christmas Party Guest
Cynthia Harvey ...
Jolinda Menendez ...
Snowflake Soloist / Spanish Dance
Rodney Gustafson ...
Charles Maple ...
Eric Nesbitt ...
Gregory Osborne ...
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The television adaptation of the Baryshnikov production.

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This Friday, [December 16, 1977] join Mikhail Baryshnikov in the realm of toy soldiers, dancing snowflakes, and sheer magical entertainment. (poster for original telecast)

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Trivia

Although Raymond Serrano and his wife Christine Spizzo Serrano are, according to some websites, supposed to have appeared in this production, they are not listed in the credits. Serrano danced the role of Drosselmeyer at one time, but the role was originated in the Baryshnikov production by Alexander Minz, and Minz dances it here. See more »

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Narrator: It is Christmas Eve. In just a few hours, the clock will chime midnight - a time of magic, and of dreams.
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Crazy Credits

Marcos Paredes, who dances both the roles of The Mouse King and the drunken guest at the Christmas party, does not receive any screen credit for playing the drunken guest. See more »

Connections

Version of The Seven Lively Arts: The Nutcracker (1957) See more »

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The Nutcracker
(ballet)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Played by the National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Schermerhorn, with the Boys of the Desborough School Chorus,
conducted by Roger Durston
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A Lost Childhood Memory!!!! :o(
9 December 1999 | by (Hainesport Township, New Jersey) – See all my reviews

The Nutcracker was shown on PBS for years...and I loved it. When it first came out I was 9 years old, and now I am 31. I thought this rendition of the Nutcracker was the most excellent piece that I have ever seen. I have seen other Nutcracker ballets, but nobody can touch this classic. Nobody can beat the pairing gracefulness and power of Mikhail Baryshnikov portraying the Nutcracker Prince and Gelsey Kirkland portraying Clara. After seeing this for the first time I wanted to become a ballerina. The ballet crew, music, and props were outstanding. You got very caught up in the story. I was very upset when PBS didn't show this anymore. It was a tradition every year for me and my family to watch. >


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