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Perhaps you were there last year when the United Palace of Cultural Arts (UPCA) helped create a new holiday show for the Northern Manhattan community and beyond. “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” featured Tchaikovsky's magical score, explosive hip hop dance, and an adaptation of the classic story reimagined in Washington Heights.

It was a hit, delighting thousands of audience members of all ages during two shows at the United Palace and two at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark.

Audiences loved it and so did the press. The New York Times described it as: "magical" with "touches of poetry" and "a gift to Upper Manhattan." Time Out New York called it “a classic rebooted.” CBS News said “The Hip Hop Nutcracker turns Tchaikovsky on his head in the coolest possible way.” (Read all the press about the show.)

This November it returns to the Palace for two shows before going on an 11-city tour, including . . . Miami . . . Atlanta . . . St. Paul . . . Charleston . . . Charlotte, and . . . believe it or not . . . Moscow, Russia!

Read more: Become a “Nutcracker Backer” and help kick start the holiday season uptown

 

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Opening night is Friday, November 20 at 8pm, with returning special guest Kurtis Blow, the “King of Rap.” BUY TICKETS: http://www.boletosexpress.com/event.php?event_id=1153

The performance on Saturday, November 21 at 2pm benefits UPCA’s Youth Arts Academy and features a pre-show mash-up performed by our young students. BUY TICKETS: http://www.boletosexpress.com/event.php?event_id=1154

Tickets also on sale at the United Palace box office Mon-Sat, noon-7pm.

For both performance doors open 2 hours before showtime.

About "The Hip Hop Nutcracker"

Last year UPCA collaborated with Decadancetheatrecompany and its choregrapher Jennifer Weber to create a new holiday show for the Northern Manhattan community and beyond.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker” featured Tchaikovsky's magical score, explosive hip hop dance, a DJ and electric violinist. The classic story was adapted and transplanted to contemporary Washington Heights by UPCA executive director Mike Fitelson.

It was a hit, delighting thousands of audience members of all ages during two shows at the United Palace and two at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark.

The press loved it. The New York Times described it as: "magical" with "touches of poetry" and "a gift to Upper Manhattan." Time Out New York called it “a classic rebooted.” CBS News said “The Hip Hop Nutcracker turns Tchaikovsky on his head in the coolest possible way.” (Read all the press about the show.)

This November it returns to the Palace for two shows before going on an 11-city tour, including . . . Miami . . . Atlanta . . . St. Paul . . . Charleston . . . Charlotte, and . . . believe it or not . . . Moscow, Russia!

Our friends at NJPAC are producing the show this year, but the Palace continues to be the home of “The Hip Hop Nutcracker.”

Read more: The return of "The Hip Hop Nutcracker" & Kurtis Blow

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Huffington Post Live interviewed Kurtis Blow, Mike Fitelson, Virgil Gadson, and Jennifer Weber on November 21: http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/segment/the-hip-hop-nutcracker-in-the-washington-heights-/543d8f7978c90ad27c0000b9

The New York Times made "The Hip Hop Nutcracker" an editor's pick in its listings (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/12/arts/dance/dance-listings-for-dec-12-18.html) and reviewed the NYC debut, calling it "magical" with "touches of poetry" and "a gift to Upper Manhattan" (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/11/arts/dance/the-hip-hop-nutcracker-at-united-palace.html). We were also included in the Weekend Miser: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/12/nyregion/-postmodern-velzquez-and-a-hip-hop-nutcracker.html?_r=0

Time Out New York kicked off its weekly listings section by interviewing choreographer Jennifer Weber and gave a shout out to the "classic rebooted" on the cover of the magazine: http://www.timeout.com/newyork/blog/in-this-weeks-issue-of-time-out-new-york-we-catch-up-with-chris-rock

Elle Magazine ran a photo essay about Ann-Sylvia Clark who portrayed our Maria-Clara as part of their focus on three different Nutcracker productions (http://www.elle.com/pop-culture/best/behind-the-scenes-of-the-nutcracker-clara#slide-2) and posted a behind-the-scenes video (http://www.elle.com/news/culture/hip-hop-nutcracker-behind-the-scenes?click=main_sr).

Read more: 2014 Press for "The Hip Hop Nutcracker"