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

Click to become a "Nutcracker Backer" for Friday, November 20 at 8pm

Click to become a "Nutcracker Backer" for Saturday, November 21 at 2pm

Click to purchase REGULAR tickets for Friday, November 20 at 8pm

Click to purchase REGULAR tickets for Saturday, November 21 at 2pm

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!

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

Opening night is Friday, November 20 at 8pm, with returning special guest Kurtis Blow, the “King of Rap.”

The Saturday, November 21 matinee at 2pm benefits UPCA’s Youth Arts Academy and features a pre-show mash-up performed by our young students.

Tickets are $10-100 and go on sale September 25.

But before regular tickets go on sale we are offering 300 orchestra level seats to each show to “Nutcracker Backers.” “Backers” are fans of “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” and fans of UPCA, supporters who want to help return the show to the Palace and share in the holiday magic. These tickets are on sale now for $65 with the option to purchase discounted children’s tickets as well.

As a “Nutcracker Backer” you receive:

  • Choice of prime orchestra level seat
  • Option to get a FREE child’s ticket (under 12) with each adult ticket (which means you only pay $32.50 for each great seat!)
  • Option to purchase additional child tickets at $15 each
  • Special perks for helping us reach our “Backer” goals
  • The joy of helping sustain a new holiday tradition for uptown and the rest of the city

The special perks are based on the total number of “Nutcracker Backers” who support both shows. When we reach:

  • 150 “Backers” every “Backer” will be thanked on screen before the shows
  • 250 “Backers” every “Backer” receives a button
  • 350 “Backers” every “Backer” receives a poster
  • 450 “Backers” every “Backer” receives a special commemorative program
  • 550 “Backers” every “Backer” receives a t-shirt

Share your love for “The Hip Hop Nutcracker,” UPCA, and Northern Manhattan. Encourage friends and family to join you as “Nutcracker Backers.” The more supporters you help sign up the more perks will be waiting for you when you arrive at your seat.

Order your “Nutcracker Backer” tickets now because this special deal will end soon after regular tickets go on sale on September 25. Be one of our 600 supporters and help kick off magic of the holiday season.