WTTW’s ‘Nutcracker’ Documentary Goes Backstage at Joffrey Ballet

A “Nutcracker” reimagined by the Joffrey Ballet, set during the 1893 Columbian Exposition, debuted last December to dazzled audiences, but there was real drama behind the astounding choreography and breathtaking sets.

WTTW cameras followed the cast and crew as the show made its final preparations. And now the new documentary, “Making a New American Nutcracker,” comes to screens on WTTW.

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We discuss the documentary with Ashley Wheater, artistic director of the Joffrey Ballet, and the documentary’s producer, WTTW’s own Dan Andries.

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Making a New American Nutcracker” premieres Thursday on WTTW following Chicago Tonight. The Joffrey Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” is on stage at the Auditorium Theatre from Dec. 1-30.

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