The Hip Hop Nutcracker with special guest MC Kurtis Blow 2016
Matinee Performance: Doors 1pm; Show 2pm
UPCA’s hit holiday show returns for the third year, making its only New York City appearance as part of the 23-city tour produced by New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
A holiday mash-up for the entire family, “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” reimagines Tchaikovsky’s classic score through explosive hip-hop choreography. A dozen all-star dancers, DJ, violinist, and digital scenery bring the traditional Nutcracker story to life with a contemporary urban twist. The legendary “King of Rap” Kurtis Blow returns to MC, adding his own holiday magic to the show.
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 the great review of the 2016 tour's opening in Beverly Hills, which hailed it as "energetic moves in a contemporary urban vein."