The Hip Hop Nutcracker Returns for 29-city North American Tour [Events]

By Jack Barnes

The Hip Hop Nutcracker(, a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, celebrates its 5th year anniversary and hits the road this holiday season to 29 North American cities. The show premieres in Riverside, CA on November 8. Produced by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) with Executive Producer, Eva Price, and co-commissioned by the United Palace of Cultural Arts, The Hip Hop Nutcracker will feature MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop’s founding fathers, opening the show with a short set before rapping the introduction.

Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a full-length production featuring a dozen all-star dancers, an on-stage DJ and an electric violinist. The traditional classic Tchaikovsky score beautifully complements the power moves of these 12 dancers, with transitional and incidental music re-mixed and re-imagined, helping to bring a beautifully surprising and contemporary vibe to the production.

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“It’s been exciting to evolve the show over the last five years as audiences continue to come back to see the creative changes we make to the production,” says Weber. “The dancers continue to raise the bar each year which has taken the show to new heights.”

Just like the classic Nutcracker story, in The Hip Hop Nutcracker Maria-Clara and the Nutcracker prince go on a dream adventure battling a gang of mice, visiting the land of sweets and learning the lessons of the holiday season. Innovative digital graffiti and visuals transform the landscape of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s beloved story from traditional 19th Century Germany to the vibrant, diverse sights and sounds of a colorful and contemporary New York City. Through the modern, self-expressive gaze of hip hop culture, the dynamic performers of The Hip Hop Nutcracker celebrate the magic of the entire holiday season on the most inclusive holiday of them all – New Year’s Eve, a time for new beginnings.

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November 8   Riverside, CA   Fox Performing Arts Center

November 10   Oakland, CA   Paramount Theatre

November 11   Long Beach, CA  Terrace Theatre

November 13, 14  Portland, OR   Keller Auditorium

November 15   Tacoma, WA   Pantages Theater

November 17   Seattle, WA   Paramount Theatre

November 20, 21  St. Paul, MN   Ordway Center

November 23  Chattanooga, TN  Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Auditorium

November 24   Nashville, TN   Polk Theatre

November 25   Augusta, GA   Miller Theater

November 27   Milwaukee, WI   Riverside Theatre

November 29   Kansas City, MO  Midland Theatre

November 30   St. Louis, MO   Fox Theatre



December 1   Rosemont, IL   Rosemont Theater

December 3   London, ON   Budweiser Gardens

December 6   Detroit, MI   Masonic Temple Theatre

December 7   Indianapolis, IN  Murat Theatre

December 8    Columbus, OH   Palace Theatre

December 9   Cleveland, OH   Palace Theater

December 11,12  Pittsburgh, PA   Benedum Center

December 13   Asbury, NJ   Paramount Theatre

December 14   Newark, NJ   New Jersey Performing Arts Center

December 15,16  Boston, MA   Colonial Theatre

December 18,19  North Bethesda, MD  Strathmore

December 20   Durham, NC   Durham Performing Arts Center

December 22   Rochester, NY   Auditorium Theatre

December 23   Brooklyn, NY   Kings Theatre

December 26-29  Charlotte, NC   Knight Theater

December 30   Richmond, VA   Altria Theatre


JENNIFER WEBER (Director/Choreographer) is a Lucille Lortel and Bessie-nominated choreographer. Her work has been performed at Jacob’s Pillow, The Apollo, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, London’s Southbank Center, and The Stanislavsky Music Theatre, Moscow. She is the co-creator, director, and choreographer of the annual hit holiday show, The Hip Hop Nutcracker. Weber was commissioned by New York City Center to create a new work for NYCB principal dancers Tiler Peck, Amar Ramasar and hip hop legend Lil Buck for the 2018 Fall For Dance Festival. Theatre choreography credits include KPOP (Ars Nova/Lortel Nom), Teenage Dick (The Public/Ma-Yi) Cruel Intentions (LPR),Stockholm (Hudson Stage), PBS’s Odd Squad Live! (National Tour). Commercial direction/choreography: Marc Jacobs, CK2, American Express, Uber, Ulta, L’Oreal, Reebok, and Philosophy. Weber is also the creative director of Lifetime’s Bring It Live! national tour.

EVA PRICE (Executive Producer) is a two-time Tony Award-winning producer whose credits include over 15 Broadway plays, musicals, and concerts. She is a member of The Broadway League’s Board of Governors and was named one of Crain’s NY 40 Under Forty Rising Business Stars. Most recently, she has joined as a creative advisor to Killer Content and Abigail Disney’s new studio venture Level Forward, which aims to champion works by women and people of color. Current and notable productions include: Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill (A.R.T.), Angels in America (Tony-winning Broadway Revival starring Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield) Dear Evan Hansen (6 Tony Awards); On Your Feet! (The Story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan); Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on Broadway!Peter and the Starcatcher (5 Tony Awards); Colin Quinn Long Story Short (directed by Jerry Seinfeld); Annie (Tony-Nominated Musical Revival); The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino (Tony-Nominated Play Revival)Carrie Fisher’s Wishful DrinkingThe Addams Family (starring Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth); as well as several solo shows and critically acclaimed concerts starring The Temptations & The Four Tops; Kathy Griffin; Lewis Black; and Hershey FelderRecent off-Broadway projects include Cruel Intentions The ‘90s Musical Experience (le Poisson Rouge)the Drama Desk-nominated Found (Atlantic Theater Company & Philadelphia Theater Company); Benjamin Scheuer’s award-winning The Lion (Drama Desk winner, Off-West End winner for Best Musical); and Bess Wohl’s critically acclaimed Small Mouth Sounds. International and Touring Credits include:  The Hip Hop Nutcracker, featuring Rap Icon Kurtis Blow, as well as The Magic School Bus, Live! The Climate ChallengeElla, a bio musical about the life and music of Ella Fitzgerald; ‘S Wonderful: The New Gershwin Musical; Tomie dePaola’s Strega Nona The Musical, Irving Berlin’s I Love A Piano (National Tour and Japan), The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Private Jokes, Public Places (London). For five years Eva worked as an assignment editor and coordinating producer for special projects at ABC News, spending her last year producing and reporting on stories relating to Broadway for ABCNEWS.COM.

Mike Fitelson (Writer/Co-Creator) is the executive producer at the United Palace, the 88-year-old Wonder Theatre in Washington Heights, Manhattan’s 4th largest theatre. Previously as the executive director of the United Palace of Cultural Arts (UPCA) he co-created “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” with Jennifer Weber, adapting the story and supplying the images for the scenery, and produced its premiere. Fitelson has worked to build the Northern Manhattan arts community for 15 years. He co-founded the annual arts festival, the Uptown Arts Stroll, in 2003; served in every capacity of the Manhattan Times, the bilingual community newspaper of Washington Heights and Inwood, from 2002-2011; and helped found the nonprofit Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance in 2006. He is delighted the show is playing the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, California where he was born and raised.

About Kurtis Blow

A hip-hop legend, Kurtis Blow was 20 in 1979, when he became the first rapper to be signed by a major label. Mercury released “Christmas Rappin’,” and it sold more than 400,000 copies, becoming an annual classic. Its gold follow-up, The Breaks, helped ignite an international “Rap Attack.” He released 10 albums in over 11 years: his full-length debut, Kurtis Blow; his second, Deuce, a Top 50 Pop album and a big hit across Europe; Party Time featuring a pioneering fusion of rap and gogo; and Ego Trip, including the hits “8 Million Stories,” “AJ” and “Basketball.” In 1985 he released America, featuring “If I Ruled the World,” a Top 5 hit on Billboard’s R&B chart; Columbia/Sony recording artist Nas debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Pop Album chart with a cover of the song in 1997. For more information, visit


New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, N.J., is America’s most diverse performing arts center, and the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey – where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the state’s and the world’s best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted nearly 10 million visitors (including over 1.6 million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents.


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