BWW Reviews: Not One But Two NUTCRACKERS the Same Weekend
The dancing was quite good, but with limited performance opportunities for Clara and the Nutcracker Prince, the show lacked some of the real ballet experience of the Moscow version. The Joffrey segment where the dolls from around the world come to life was well danced and intriguing, with the children well integrated into the scenes.
The use of the children in the Joffrey version, and the quality of their performances, was far superior to the Moscow group. Bravo to Willy Shrive, the Children's Ballet Master, for his work with the youngsters.
While viewing these productions, older locals were probably drawn back to the glory days of Dennis Nahat's Cleveland Ballet superb version, with the then wunderkindt's Raymond Rodriquez and Karon Gabay in the starring roles.
Capsule judgement: It's too bad that Cleveland doesn't have a professional ballet company but has to invite groups from other places to provide the yearly THE NUTCRACKER holiday fix. That negative was balanced by an opportunity for local dance aficionados to have the chance to view two entirely different versions of the Tchaikovsky composition.