NYC Ballet cancels remaining performances of ‘The Nutcracker’ – NBC New York

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The New York City Ballet has become the latest victim in the city’s current outbreak of COVID-19, canceling all remaining performances of the holiday favorite, “The Nutcracker.”

The show announced on its website Tuesday that all shows through January 2 will be canceled, leaving those who purchased tickets the option of getting a refund or donating the value of the tickets to support the NYC Ballet. .

The ballet company has performed “The Nutcracker” every year except one since its inception in 1954. Last year’s shows were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

George Balanchine’s famous ballet, a staple of the winter performing arts season in New York City, was scheduled to perform until Sunday at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center.

“While the New York City Ballet had hoped to resume performances tonight, we decided that continuing to perform then would not be in the best interests of the NYCB community, whose health and safety is our number one priority. a, “NYCB Executive Director Kathy Brown and Artistic Director Jonathan Stafford said in a statement. “We are extremely proud of all who have come together safely to present 30 beautiful performances of The Nutcracker by George Balanchine in recent weeks, and we are also very grateful to the thousands of people who attended.”

Vaccine restrictions limited audience members to those old enough to be vaccinated or to younger children with a negative PCR test.

It comes more than a week after another Christmas town favorite also ended his show. The Radio City Rockettes announced on December 17 that its 2021 season will also end immediately.

Adding to the growing list of Broadway show cancellations, “The Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes” initially announced the cancellation of some of its performances due to major infections among its crew. Later that evening, the production announced that the show would be on a complete hiatus for the remainder of the 2021 season.

“We regret that we cannot continue the Christmas Show this season due to the growing challenges of the pandemic. We were hoping to get through the season and we are honored to have hosted hundreds of thousands of fans at over 100 shows over the past seven weeks, “a statement read.” We loved bringing back this cherished tradition that helps usher in the New York holiday season and I look forward to welcoming fans to Radio City Music Hall in 2022. ”

The Radio City Rockettes are just the latest event to be impacted by rising COVID rates and groundbreaking cases, as omicron continues to spread. But one thing that has yet to be impacted: the people who choose to travel for the holidays. NBC New York’s Gilma Avalos and Anjali Hemphill have team coverage.

Manhattan’s live performance industry has been hit hard by groundbreaking cases of COVID, causing temporary closures of popular restaurants in the city as well as more than a dozen Broadway productions, three of which had to announce the permanent end of their Broadway tours. Here is a list of the latest Broadway cancellations.

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