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Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet Reviews

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Average customer review: 2.5 star rating (2.4 Stars)

Number of reviews: 36

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3.0 star rating Karen S from St. Louis, Missouri

DISAPPOINTED

If I didn’t know the story of the Nutcracker I would have been totally confused! As it was I was still somewhat confused. I didn't care for all the changes they made to the whole show! It wasn’t magical this year…..

3.0 star rating Laurel from St. Louis, Missouri

NOT THE NUTCRACKER I'M FAMILIAR WITH

Where was the Sugar Plum Fairy? Where were all the candies? Where were the dancing flowers? What I got was a story I had to read the program to figure out: Clara is taken to a land where there's only peace and no war?! What the?! Who came up with that rendition? Don't hire them again. This should be a magical story. Why do people feel the need to re-imagine a beloved story to something they want? Write your own story and leave the classics alone. And, yes, most of the dancing was not up to par and I don't need dozens of little kids on stage to interfere with what should have been a beautiful ballet.

2.0 star rating ALJ from Little Rock, Arkansas

SOME GREAT DANCERS/CANNED MUSIC/LOCAL KIDS

I've been to the Milwaukee Ballet many times and The Nutcracker is one of my favorites. The Russian ballet performance with its canned music and stage full of school kids was a big disappointment. Clara danced beautifully, but was clearly a mature person who didn't communicate the part that calls for us to see the wonder of the season through the eyes of a girl, rather than woman. The stage was often full of too many kid who were not ready to be on a ballet stage. We saw butt-scratching, hair twirling, gum chewing etc. Invite some of the local talent --yes. But we thought they may have tried to invite every local ballet kid to sell tickets to family. Lost me as a customer.

2.0 star rating from Minneapolis, Minnesota

BUY LOCAL

I did not attend this company's performance last Christmas--I was still sulking from the disappointment of the year prior--there have been some stellar reviews, so maybe they made improvements, but canned music was a big let down--when you have plunked down over $200 for a couple tickets, you expect an orchestra. I understand they are coming from Moscow, but the Royal Swedish and NYCB from New York contracted with musicians here, so can the Russians. The local children used for the performance WE saw, were wandering around the stage, actually interfering with choreography and the distraction was not charming. Finally, the sets were dismal pallets of grey and lavender, cheap looking painted fabric.--for a ballet that should be lush and sparkling--it's CHRISTMAS. I will say the costumes were impressive and the dancers very professional but, again, the choreography was sadly lacking. There are local companies who do better justice to this piece every year--spend your money at home.

2.0 star rating KF from Tucson, Arizona

MOSCOW BALLET'S GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER IN TUCSON

Was disappointed. Costumes were nice and some of the dancers were good but the troupe, in general, was mediocre and unable to be synchronous. Kept wondering if these were the same dancers that were playing in the major cities! Wouldn't fly in Los Angeles, San Francisco or Seattle.

2.0 star rating Kathie from Detroit, Michigan

THE MOSCOW BALLET COMPANY PUTS ON A SLOPPY PEFORMANCE.

The canned music was annoying loud. The dancers were often out of sync with it. The dancing was mostly mediocre with the exception of the Arabian couple who were wonderful. No Mother Ginger with her tumblers! And I was annoyed by all the people eating and going in and out for junk food during the performance. Don't waste your time & money.

2.0 star rating Mercedes Duran from San Antonio, Texas

NOT WORTH IT

I danced ballet for more than 20 years, I expected MORE! Lack of technique and poor coreograph :( It was like a school play, NOT a professional ballet. The tickets are SO OVERPRIZED, not worth it. Why bringing to the stage small children that distract you from seeing the principal dancers? I regret spending that much money on an unprofessional ballet.

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