Debbie Allen Dance Academy Wins 7th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award

Goldstar, the world's biggest ticket booth, has announced the winner of the 7th AnnuAl Goldstar National Nutcracker Award: Debbie Allen Dance Academy, The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker at Royce Hall at UCLA in Los Angeles, which competed with nearly 60 other productions of The Nutcracker across the country. In addition to receiving "The Nutty" statuette, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker will receive a cash prize to benefit the organization's education programs, as well as the honor of being declared 'the best-loved Nutcracker in the U.S.'

The creative team for The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker, starring Debbie Allen and Carlo Imperato, included Mariah Carey, Arturo Sandoval, Chau-giang Thi Nguyen, James Ingram and Thump. The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker was performed on December 14 & 15 at Royce Hall at UCLA in Los Angeles. This is another win for the Debbie Allen Dance Academy who took home The Nutty in 2010 as well.

"Each year, we look forward to giving Goldstar members the opportunity to select their favorite Nutcracker production from across the country," says Goldstar CEO Jim McCarthy. "Now, the members have spoken and declared the best loved production in 2013 is The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker. We'd like to congratulate the entire cast and crew for their award-winning performance."

The Goldstar National Nutcracker Award is the annual initiative to shine a spotlight on the wide variety of nationwide productions of the holiday classic The Nutcracker. Voting for the Goldstar National Nutcracker Award is determined by Goldstar members who rate and review The Nutcracker productions they recently attended.

Actress, dancer and choreographer Debbie Allen's fun, fresh spin on The Nutcracker returns to Royce Hall for the holidays. The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker, starring Debbie Allen and Carlo Imperato, gives the seasonal favorite a rich new cultural context and updated characters, and features a lively contemporary score with original songs from multiple-Grammy-winner Mariah Carey and others. After young Kara receives a nutcracker filled with hot chocolate, she falls asleep and journeys to enchanted lands, including Candy Cane Lane, Egypt, the Rainforest, Jazzland, Russia and the Land of the Kimono Dolls. Little ones will have no trouble following along thanks to the narration by three wisecracking mice: Harvey, Schmink and Buckey. Allen herself appears in this fun holiday musical adventure.




More On: Al Gold, Debbie Allen, Carlo Imperato, Mariah Carey, Arturo Sandoval, Chau-giang Thi Nguyen, James Ingram.

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