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ballet Dec. 24: Nutcracker Sweeties by David Bintley, music by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn after Tchaikovsky Birmingham Royal Ballet

Birmingham Royal Ballet

Dec. 24: Nutcracker Sweeties by David Bintley, music by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn after Tchaikovsky Birmingham Royal Ballet

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Nutcracker Sweeties is Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington’s big band take on the Tchaikovsky classic—The Nutcracker as you've never seen or heard it before! 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 eye-catching clothes and flashing neon sets, Nutcracker Sweeties is imaginative, funny and visually irresistible.

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Cast

  • David Bintley | Choreographer
  • Peter J. Davison | Set designer
  • Jasper Conran | Costume designer
  • Peter Mumford | Lighting designer
  • Birmingham Royal Ballet
  • Echoes of Ellington Jazz Orchestra
  • Paul Murphy | Conductor

Program

  • Duke Ellington / Billy Strayhorn / Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky / David Bintley, Nutcracker Sweeties
    • Suite Wrappers (Overture)
    • Candy Kane (Dance of the Reed Pipes)
    • The Volga Vouty (Russian Dance)
    • Sugar Rum Cherry (Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy)
    • Buttons (re-working of the Overture)
    • Chinoiserie (Chinese Dance)
    • Waltz of the Floreadors
    • Arabesque Cookie (Arabian Dance)
    • Peanut Brittle Brigade (March)

Details

  • Directed by:
    • Peter Mumford
  • Production date: 1997
  • Production: © NVC Arts
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