Anthony Williams’ “Urban Nutcracker” 20th Anniversary SeasonPresented by City Ballet of Boston
Anthony Williams’ “Urban Nutcracker,” the modern Boston-centric holiday classic presented
by City Ballet of Boston, celebrates its 20th season this December! The live in-person
performances, opening December 18, 2021 at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre, showcase
winter scenes set in present-day downtown Boston, blending the rhythms of Duke Ellington with
the classical music of Tchaikovsky. Anchored by classical ballet, the performances also include
a broad range of dance forms such as tap, hip-hop, flamenco, and jazz, accompanied by a
small live orchestra of local musicians.
Deemed “a holiday arts tradition reflecting the rich multicultural diversity of Boston” by The
Boston Globe, more than 150 performers – local children and professional dancers – take the
stage in this joyful rendition of heroine Clarice’s adventure with the street magician
They explore iconic Boston landmarks such as the “Make Way for Ducklings” statues, the
golden dome of the State House, the Boston Public Garden, Fenway Park’s “Green Monster,”
the Citgo sign, the Hatch Shell, and Downtown Boston. The stage comes alive with hundreds of
colorful costumes re-imagined by local designer Dustin Todd Rennells (originally designed by
Rebecca Cross) with eye-catching sets by Janie Howland. “Urban Nutcracker” can be enjoyed by the whole family, and all ages!