CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Artistic Directors Meridith Benson and Mario de la Nuez, bring together a large cast of dancers to re-invent this yuletide classic, The Nutcracker.
The Nutcracker Jazzed Up! has caught people's attention because it breathes new life into a family classic.
This full-length production combines Duke Ellington's jazz "re-imagining" of The Nutcracker with Tchaikovsky's classical composition.
As the ballet opens, the audience is invited to a party set in the 1940's New York City with dancers swinging and bopping through Duke Ellington jazz score.
The arrangements remain faithful to Tchaikovsky's music, but allow the audience to enjoy new colors and rhythms in the music and choreography.
The first performance is November 23 at 8 p.m. For a full performance schedule, visit: cincinnatiarts.org