The Joffrey Ballet Wins Fifth-Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award

December 26, 2011

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Robert Joffrey’s Classic Rendition Recognized as America’s “Best Loved Nutcracker” in the U.S.


Beats More Than 50 Productions for America’s Only National Award for Nutcrackers: ‘The Nutty’


Pasadena, CA— As recently announced on ABC’s Nightline, the Fifth-Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award goes to The Joffrey Ballet’s The Nutcracker performed in Chicago at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University through December 27.


This season, more than 50 Nutcracker productions competed to win “The Nutty” which boasts the title “Best-Loved Nutcracker” in the country. The list of nominees encompassed a wide variety of shows taking place in cities across the U.S., from Atlanta to Boston, from New York to Los Angeles, and all points in between. In addition to bragging rights and The Nutty award, Joffrey Ballet will also receive a cash prize to be used toward their education programs. “


Every year there are hundreds of spectacular Nutcracker performances in the US,” said Goldstar CEO Jim McCarthy. “In truth, we love all of them, but there can be only one winner of The Nutty. Our vocal membership has spoken – and this year The Joffrey’s Nutcracker, with its waltzing snowflakes, was the crowd favorite.”


“It is a great honor for Joffrey America’s #1 Nutcracker to be awarded the Fifth-Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award,” said Joffrey Ballet Executive Director Christopher Clinton Conway. “Celebrating 25 years of holiday magic, The Joffrey is thrilled to be recognized as the Goldstar coast-to-coast favorite for 2011!”


The Goldstar National Nutcracker Award—created in 2007 by the online membership site for half-priced live entertainment tickets—is given every year to The Nutcracker with the best reviews and event ratings submitted by members. To assure 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. The Goldstar National Nutcracker Award is America’s only national award for Nutcracker performances.


The Joffrey Ballet’s performance this year, guided by Artistic Director Ashley C. Wheater, stars the entire Joffrey company along with 118 young dancers performing as Mounted Mice, Toy Soldiers, Dolls, Snow Tree Angels and with Mother Ginger as Polichinelles. The show—which will perform 20 times in 2011—also features live accompaniment by the Chicago Sinfonietta. The Joffrey Ballet has toured the country performing The Nutcracker in cities from coast-to-coast since 1987, and in the last 24 years it has maintained the most Nutcracker tour dates of any major U.S. ballet company. The Joffrey Ballet’s production is the second Chicago-based Nutcracker to win the Goldstar National Nutcracker Award since its inception.


Previous Goldstar National Nutcracker Award winners include:

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

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

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

· 2010- Debbie Allen Presents The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker, UCLA, LA


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About The Joffrey Ballet

Classically trained to the highest standards, The Joffrey Ballet expresses a unique, inclusive perspective on dance, proudly reflecting the diversity of America with its company and audiences and repertoire which includes major story ballets, reconstructions of masterpieces and contemporary works. Founded by visionary teacher Robert Joffrey in 1956, guided by celebrated choreographer Gerald Arpino from 1988 until 2007, The Joffrey Ballet continues to thrive under internationally renowned Artistic Director Ashley C. Wheater and Executive Director Christopher Clinton Conway.