For the first time, Boston Ballet will bring Mikko Nissinen’s “The Nutcracker” to homes across New England through a broadcast partnership with NBC10 Boston. The beloved holiday ballet will be broadcasted as a one-hour special excerpted from the 2019 production, with featured narration by Hoda Kotb (“Today”) and Colton Bradford (NBC10 Boston’s “The Hub”) as Drosselmeier. The broadcast also features local talent, NBC10 Boston’s JC Monahan and Telemundo’s Grace Gómez and Miguel García. “The Nutcracker” will air on NBC10 Boston starting Saturday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m., with encore airings and on-demand viewing opportunities on NBC10 Boston, NECN and Spanish-language Telemundo. It will also be available free of charge on bostonballet.org for a limited time.
“’The Nutcracker’ is a cherished holiday tradition in New England, and I am thrilled we can continue the tradition this year,” said Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen. “I am delighted that more audiences than ever before can experience the magic of The Nutcracker, as well as the talent of our artists.”
Mikko Nissinen’s “The Nutcracker” is based on the libretto by Alexandre Dumas père titled “The Tale of the Nutcracker,” which is adapted from E. T. A. Hoffmann’s story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.” The story follows the wondrous journey of young Clara, who receives a nutcracker as a gift at her family’s Christmas Eve party. Later that night, her nutcracker is magically revealed as a handsome prince, who leads her through an enchanted forest and on to the Nutcracker Prince’s Kingdom.
When to watch:
•Saturday, November 28 at 7 pm on NBC10 Boston
•Sunday, November 29 at 7 pm on NECN
•Saturday, December 5 at 11 am on Telemundo
•Friday, December 25 at 5 pm on Telemundo
•Friday, December 25 at 7 pm on NBC10 Boston