The television adaptation of the Baryshnikov production.

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Cast

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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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Fantasy | Music | Romance

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Trivia

Gelsey Kirkland nearly dropped out of the program in order to undergo plastic surgery (to remove her silicone breast implants). 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 Care Bears Nutcracker Suite (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

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 festive bon bon
13 June 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Although I am no dancer, I have always taken a big interest in ballet, because I love the music, the stories and the choreography. This is especially true of The Nutcracker and all of the Tchaikovsky ballets.

The story of the ballet is timeless, and I loved the decision they made here to make Clara go on a sort of journey character-wise, starting off as a young girl and maturing throughout. And of course Tchaikovsky's music is outstanding, very sparkling and elegant.

This Nutcracker is wonderful. The only disappointments for me are some muffled sound and some of the sets are rather murky-looking for my tastes, however some of them do look very nice.

Any small faults aside, the costumes are gorgeous, and the camera work and editing are excellent. But what makes this excellent production are the dancing and the leads. This production puts a lot of emphasis on intricate dancing and choreography as has been said before, and this was a decision that paid off and was entirely successful, not just in the duets and group dances but especially in the solo performances, my favourites being the grand party and Kirkland's dance involving jingling bells. As great as Mikhail Barishnikov is here, and he is, very, the star of the show is Gelsey Kirkland, who nails Clara's character and her dancing is just breathtaking.

Overall, a real festive bon bon. If in the want of lavish sets maybe this is not quite the production to sink yourself into first, but if in the want of fine performances and some of the best attention to choreography and dancing you'd want, look no further than this. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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