Long Center Presents

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

December 5, 2020


About the show

Recorded live at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center

A holiday mash-up for the whole family, directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, The Hip Hop Nutcracker, is a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. A unique and joyful event, this evening-length production is performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ, a violinist, and MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop’s founding fathers, who opens the show with a short set.

Just like the original, in The Hip Hop Nutcracker, Maria-Clara and the Nutcracker Prince go on a dream adventure battling a gang of mice, visiting the land of sweets, and learning the lessons of the holiday season. Innovative digital graffiti and visuals transform the landscape of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s beloved story from traditional 19th-century Germany to the vibrant, diverse sights and sounds of contemporary New York City.

Through this re-mixed and re-imagined version of the classic, the dynamic performers of The Hip Hop Nutcracker take us on a journey that celebrates love, community, and the magic of the holiday season.


Once you have purchased a ticket, you will receive an email with instructions on how to view the performance. General Admission purchasers must enjoy the show at the scheduled time. On the day of the show, December 5th, follow those instructions and you will be allowed entry at 7pm.

VIP package performances are video-on-demand and allow viewers to watch over a 48-hour window after the December 5th performance time and view a live, post-show conversation with the show’s creators, which begins 85 minutes after the scheduled showtime. The VIP package includes an autographed show poster – purchaser must include address and phone number in confirmation to receive.