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 opening narration itself, the only section of the narration included on the 2004 DVD and all current telecasts, has been somewhat altered as well. On the original CBS telecasts, and on the first few PBS telecasts, all the dolls that Drosselmeyer conjures up were identified by the narrator, including the Harlequin, the Ballerina Doll, and the Moor. (This was before the actual Christmas Party scene.) On the remastered DVD, and on current telecasts, the Harlequin, the Moor, and the Ballerina Doll are not actually identified by the narrator; the camera simply pans over them as the music plays. 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