Nominees Announced for 6th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award


Goldstar – the leading membership-based web retailer of half-price live entertainment tickets-announces the nominees for the 6th annuAl Goldstar National Nutcracker Award today.

This season- the 120th anniversary of the Moscow premier- more than 40 Nutcrackers will compete to win the 'Nutty Award' and the title of "best loved Nutcracker" in the nation. The list of nominees encompasses a wide variety of shows taking place across the US.

Performance styles of the nominees run the gamut from traditional presentations, such as San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker to new interpretations of the classic like Mark Morris' The Hard Nut.

The winner will be announced on Friday, December 21, 2012.

The Goldstar National Nutcracker Award, which made its debut in 2007, is awarded to the The Nutcracker with the best member reviews and event rating. To ensure the authenticity of the ratings, members are only able to submit reviews and vote on their favorite Nutcracker after they have purchased tickets and seen the show.

In addition to The Goldstar National Nutcracker Award, the winner will also be given a cash prize to be used toward their education programs.

"Each year, theaters across America host hundreds of Nutcracker performances, featuring everything from puppets and horses to jazz bands and gypsies," said Jim McCarthy, CEO of Goldstar. "The Goldstar National Nutcracker Award draws attention to all the different types of shows America has to offer – and helps audiences identify the best."

Previous Goldstar National Nutcracker Award-winners include:

2011- The Joffrey Ballet's The Nutcracker at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University,


2010- Debbie Allen Dance Academy, The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker, UCLA, LA

2009- Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker at the Boston Opera House, Boston

2008- The Kirov Ballet's The Nutcracker at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, LA

2007- The House Theater of Chicago's The Nutcracker at the Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago

And, the Nominees for the 2012 Goldstar National Nutcracker Award are:

Atlanta Ballet's Nutcracker
Fox Theatre (Atlanta, GA)

Gwinnett Ballet Theatre, The Nutcracker

Gwinnett Center (Duluth, GA)

Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre, The Nutcracker

Jennie T. Anderson Theatre - Cobb Civic Center (Marietta, GA)

The Youth Ballet of Worcester, The Nutcracker
The Hanover Theatre (Worcester, MA)

The House Theatre of Chicago, The Nutcracker**

Chopin Theatre Mainstage (Chicago, IL)

The Joffrey Ballet, Robert Joffrey's The Nutcracker**

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University (Chicago, IL)

Salt Creek Ballet's The Nutcracker

North Shore Center, Center Theatre (Skokie, IL)

Ruth Page Civic Ballet, The Nutcracker

Notheastern Illinois University Auditorium (Chicago, IL)

Schaumburg Dance Ensemble, The Nutcracker

Prairie Center for the Arts (Schaumburg, IL)

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

Akoo Theatre at Rosemont (Rosemont, IL)

MBS Productions, The Beulaville Baptist Book Club Presents: A Bur-Less-Q Nutcracker

The Stone Cottage Theatre (Addison, TX)

Texas Ballet Theater, Ben Stevenson's The Nutcracker

Bass Performance Hall (Fort Worth, TX)

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

McFarlin Auditorium (Dallas, TX)