History YMMV / TheNutcracker

14th Dec '14 1:41:58 PM Bioshock
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** Even ''Tchaikovsky'' called it "[[CreatorBacklash fluff]]".
13th Dec '14 1:45:58 AM Kirayoshi
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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Mother Ginger is very much this. While the other dances in Act 2 are frequently lovely balletic displays, Mother Ginger and her children are played chiefly for laughs.
16th Dec '13 7:59:03 PM Miriam
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* ValuesDissonance: Depending on how much the national ''divertissements'' in the Land of Sweets play on stereotypes.
** The Moor in the Baryshnikov version was done in {{Blackface}}.
16th Dec '13 7:53:06 PM Miriam
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* MoneyDearBoy: Despite the objections noted below, there are sound financial reasons for staging it every year, not least because it often draws in audiences who don't normally attend the ballet.
26th Aug '13 8:11:15 PM Willbyr
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* FreudWasRight: The Baryshnikov version, once aired on PBS every Christmas, features adults in the roles of the Nutcracker and Clara...even though the latter is still playing a young girl [[hottip:* :albeit because anyone dancing a ''pas de deux'' with '''Mikhail Baryshnikov''' would have to be a phenomenal dancer, something no one young enough to look the part could have the training to manage. Gelsey Kirkland, on the other hand...]]. (This adds a certain ''[[GratuitousFrench frisson]]'' to their ''[[GratuitousFrench pas de deux]].'') The Mouse King is the nastiest of the party-goers, and the other gentlemen show up as the rest of the mice. Meanwhile, the whole ballet is orchestrated as a coming-of-age for Clara, who gets a hint of romance with the Nutcracker Prince before being brought back by the ever-watchful Drosselmeyer.

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* FreudWasRight: The Baryshnikov version, once aired on PBS every Christmas, features adults in the roles of the Nutcracker and Clara...even though the latter is still playing a young girl [[hottip:* :albeit girl[[note]]albeit because anyone dancing a ''pas de deux'' with '''Mikhail Baryshnikov''' would have to be a phenomenal dancer, something no one young enough to look the part could have the training to manage. Gelsey Kirkland, on the other hand...]].[[/note]]. (This adds a certain ''[[GratuitousFrench frisson]]'' to their ''[[GratuitousFrench pas de deux]].'') The Mouse King is the nastiest of the party-goers, and the other gentlemen show up as the rest of the mice. Meanwhile, the whole ballet is orchestrated as a coming-of-age for Clara, who gets a hint of romance with the Nutcracker Prince before being brought back by the ever-watchful Drosselmeyer.
17th Aug '13 8:22:03 PM Miriam
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** Thanks to the number of dancers now using social media, it's hard to avoid noticing that ''they're'' often not so fond of the ballet, either, especially in companies where they may do nothing else for two months straight.
27th Jul '13 5:43:18 PM TVRulezAgain
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* CompleteMonster: The Mouse King.
31st Mar '13 12:34:26 PM Orihime
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** At least one animated adaptation ages up Marie to around 12-13, which is the "marriageable" age mentioned above. The Prince/Young Drosselmeier remains more or less his age: this means a 12-year-old girl falls for/marries a boy around 2/3 years older.
29th Mar '13 8:22:18 AM Austin
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* ParentService: Most of the dances are playful or, at most, romantic. Some performances of Arabian Coffee, however, involve a woman in a harem costume climbing out of a giant mug. It's usually considered an adult drink.
** Yeah, in our production of ''The Nutcracker'' there was a partner who had to lift her by her...um...crotch.
3rd Mar '13 2:23:53 AM SeptimusHeap
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*** Ballet critic Arlene Croce pointed out the particular chords bear more than a passing resemblance to a very common Russian Orthodox ''funerary piece''. The theory goes it was in part a musical tribute to Tchaikovksy's DeadLittleSister.

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*** Ballet critic Arlene Croce pointed out the particular chords bear more than a passing resemblance to a very common Russian Orthodox ''funerary piece''. The theory goes it was in part a musical tribute to Tchaikovksy's DeadLittleSister.Dead Little Sister.
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