Robert Joffrey's signature production of "The Nutcracker" premiered in 1987 and became an instant favorite of the Chicago area when the company moved here in 1995. The ballet is now presented at the Auditorium Theatre with a rotating cast featuring the entire Joffrey company plus 120 young people who audition each year. The magic of the production comes not only from Tchaikovsky's sparkling score, but from the way Joffrey blends classic European ballet with American energy and spectacle.
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