The Nutcracker Comes to America

The Nutcracker Comes to America : How Three Ballet-Loving Brothers Created a Holiday Tradition

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Every December, The Nutcracker comes to life in theaters all across the United States. But how did this 19th-century Russian ballet become such a big part of the holidays in 21st-century America?

Meet Willam, Harold, and Lew Christensen, three small-town Utah boys who caught the ballet bug in the early 1900s. They performed on vaudeville and took part in the New York City dance scene. Russian immigrants shared the story of The Nutcracker with them, and during World War II, they staged their own Christmastime production in San Francisco. It was America's first full-length version and the beginning of a delightful holiday tradition.
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Hardback | 36 pages
  • 241 x 287 x 10mm | 431g
  • Minneapolis, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, color
  • 1467721514
  • 9781467721516
  • 3,019,551

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This well-researched history tells how three brothers from a small town in Utah came together to present the first full-length version of The Nutcracker in America. That performance on Christmas Eve, 1944, at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco started a holiday tradition that continues to this day in cities across the United States. Gendron's colorful illustrations capture the historical setting and the action and drama onstage and off. Back matter includes a time line with black-and-white photos, a summary of the story line, and suggestions for further reading. VERDICT: A terrific choice for fans of The Nutcracker and all things ballet.--starred, School Library Journal

-- "Journal"
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