Rising ballet star takes provincial talent Lily under his wing and they become a happy lover couple, until he agrees she should cancel her first star role due to her sister's tragic accident as her family expects. She resigns and moves back to her home town, as surrogate mother to orphaned niece Sadie, who probes no less gifted at ballet. An audition brings them to Philadelphia, where Mark is now choreographer. Lily still hides her dancing past for the mothers and holds back in reconnecting with Mark, but things have their course, with a star dancer's accident working out for them.
Did You Know?
Although The Nutcracker is arguably the most famous ballet work in the world and its composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
, is still considered the greatest ballet composer of all time, Tchaikovsky's name is nowhere to be found in the film's credits or even rates a mention anywhere in the film. However, in the Closed Captions, the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy is twice identified as "Tchaikovsky's 'The Nutcracker'" and the Russian Dance is identified as "Tchaikovsky's Russian Dance." (However the immediately preceding Spanish Dance is identified as "whimsical music" (Throughout, the closed captioning identification of the music is haphazard and quixotic). See more