Nearly 3,000 people packed the Palace on Sunday, December 7 for the NYC premiere of our original production of "The Hip Hop Nutcracker." The dancing was electric, highlighted by spectacular lighting and beautiful digital scenery. Special guest MC Kurtis Blow got the party started with a set of greatest hits before the combo of DJ Boo and Filip Pogady on electric violin set the story in motion.
The show received so many appraisals and support from the community that we'e having an encore performance on Saturday, Dec 13 at 1pm. Tickets can be purchased here. But don't take our word about how much fun the show is. See what the audience had to say below:
The New York Times says The Hip Hop Nutcracker is “ magical” and "exciting." “Touches of poetry.” “A show with plenty of heart.” “A gift to Upper Manhattan.”
Led Black, Editor-in-Chief of the Uptown Collective: "I am still in awe of what I witnessed last night, right here in Washington Heights, at the venerable United Palace. The Hip-Hop Nutcracker was quite simply fantastic. The New York City debut of the show exceeded all of my expectations. Just image Tchaikovsky's classic score augmented by some of the most imaginative and innovative hip-hop choreography you will ever see…"
Fox 5 Good Day Street Talk called the show "unbelievable" and told us we rocked uptown!
From our Twitter fans:
Teachers and Writers Collaborative @twc_org: Congratulations to the @UPArts_NYC for an extraordinary twist on an all time classic. The #HipHopNutcracker is on fire!
Anjali Kumar @anjalikumar: That was the MOST EXTRAORDINARY show I've seen all year. I was literally in tears of joy.
Stephanie Pitsirilos @zoehealth: Yes uptown, you got it right... #Hiphopnutcracker is happening @UPArts_NYC
Jodan Dann @jordidann: The @UPArts_NYC #HipHopNutcracker is SENSATIONAL!
John Wyszniewski @wyszniewski : #HipHopNutcracker @UPArts_NYC is seriously amazing.
Eileen Z. Fuentes @EileenZFuentes: #HipHopNutcracker at @UPArts_NYC has to be the BEST holiday show I've ever seen!!!
Chachy @GladysSandoval: The #HipHopNutcracker is an interesting approach to an old classic. B-boying to Tchaikovsky rocks. My favorite part was the Land of Sweets.
From our Facebook fans:
Astra Schwartz Dorf: So wonderful. Thank you for bringing something so fun, wonderful and seasonal to the hood!! Looking forward to more.
Jeanene Schreiner: What an awesome production, truly some amazing performers, musicians and stage crew. And it was nice to see the Boy Scouts volunteering. Thanks for a wonderful evening. My family enjoyed every minute.
Jennifer Breslow: Congratulations to all involved in this show - it was fantastic and great to see something like this up in the Heights!
And check out how the press has responded:
Time Out New York mentioned us on the cover of last week's magazine: http://www.timeout.com/newyork/blog/in-this-weeks-issue-of-time-out-new-york-we-catch-up-with-chris-rock
The Manhattan Times called it "The Beatbox Ballet": http://www.manhattantimesnews.com/the-beatbox-balletel-ballet-beatbox/
New York Magazine listed us as the #3 thing to do in New York last week, saying "See The Hip Hop Nutcracker and Then The Nutcracker": http://nymag.com/arts/all/to-do-2014-12-3/