OK, Nick had never seen the Nutcracker before. So we went to the movie, Nutcracker in 3D. In my opinion, not worth seeing. It reminded me of a bad cross of Tommy and The Wizard of Oz. About the only thing that was Nutcracker about it was some of the music, it had a Rat King, a Nutcracker, and a growing Christmas tree. Other than that, nah. For introducing someone to The Nutcracker, that was not the way to do it.
It so happens that Ovation had a Nutcracker competition. So we have been watching various versions.
The Berlin Ballet version was difficult to follow. Not really sticking to the story. Although the guy who played Drosselmeyer was beautiful! He was not the traditional old craggy Drosselmeyer, but a young and mysterious one.
The Bolshoi was wonderful! Very traditional. Well danced and well costumed. None of the dancers really stood out, although the guy who played the Nutcracker was very talented.
The final Nutcracker we saw was the Bejart Nutcracker. Usually I would not like a production like this because the music and the Pas de Deux was maintained. Otherwise, the dance was a story of the choreographer's life. Now, I tend to be a purest, but OMG, the guys were BEAUTIFUL and very scantily dressed. The "Drosselmeyer" character was just a joy to look at!
Well, now Nick has seen The Nutcracker. I probably should give up looking at