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Nutcracker Sweeties/The Judas Tree
Nutcracker Sweeties/The Judas Tree

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Item #:  D4165
Our Price: $29.99
Region: 1 (US & Canada Only)
Running Time: 73 minutes
Color: Color
UPC: 032031416598
ISBN: 0-7697-8405-4

Availability: In Stock

Birmingham Royal Ballet
Nutcracker Sweeties

Nutcracker Sweeties is Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington's big band attack on Tchaikovsky. It portrays Broadway and America in the 1940s; full of humor, irony, commentary, swing and blues. The cast, dressed in an array of glamorous Jasper Conran costumes, includes pom-pom girls, drum majorettes, sailors, GIs and Candy Kane. David Bintley's choreography is a catwalk of jazz styles. With its glamour-puss clothes and flashing neon set, Nutcracker Sweeties is imaginative, funny and visually irresistible.

The Royal Ballet
The Judas Tree

Kenneth MacMillan choreographed his last ballet, The Judas Tree, especially for Irek Mukhamedov who takes the lead in this striking production. On a building site, thirteen workmen, led by their foreman, react to the vampish behavior of a woman who has arrived in their midst. In the heated confusion of the group, one man stands alone in the tenderness of his response. Gradually the dark underside of male sexuality and the power of peer pressure is exposed as the ballet draws the viewer into a web of betrayal, loss and terror.

Winner of the 1993 Olivier Award for Best New Dance Work


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Cast & Crew

Music by: Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn after Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Paul Murphy
Set Design: Peter J. Davison
Costumes: Jasper Conran
Director: Peter Mumford
Choreographer: David Bintley

Principal Dancers: Irek Mukhamedov, Leanne Benjamin and Michael Nunn
Music by: Brian Elias
Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
Choreographer: Sir Kenneth MacMillan

Staged by: Monica Parker

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