The television adaptation of the Baryshnikov production.
This Friday, [December 16, 1977] join Mikhail Baryshnikov in the realm of toy soldiers, dancing snowflakes, and sheer magical entertainment. (poster for original telecast)
Did You Know?
Once credited as having been first telecast on New Year's Day 1977, this was in fact telecast during the Christmas season of that year. This is why it was eligible for Emmys in 1978, rather than 1977. See more
It is Christmas Eve. In just a few hours, the clock will chime midnight - a time of magic, and of dreams.
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
The original CBS broadcast presentation of this production featured more narration than the later television broadcasts of it. In the original 1977 version, as the mice appear in their tuxedos, the narrator explains that, in Clara's imagination, they represent the adults at the Christmas party, and in Act II, just before the series of dances at the Kingdom of Sweets, the narrator mentions that Clara "must touch each couple to bring them to life". In the PBS version, all mention of the mice representing the adults was removed, but the narrator still commented that Clara had to bring the couples to life. On the current DVD, and on all PBS telecasts now, all narration stops after the opening scene. The narration was removed without having to cut any of the music or the dancing; both have always remained intact in all of the versions of this "Nutcracker". See more
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 See more