The Hip Hop Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky’s 130-year-old Nutcracker ballet reimagined as a contemporary holiday dance spectacle, will stop at the Fox Theatre on Dec. 13.

As in the original, The Hip Hop Nutcracker will send young Maria-Clara and the Nutcracker Prince 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 will transform the landscape of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story from traditional 19th century Germany to the vibrant, diverse sights and sounds of contemporary New York City. 

The touring production features hip-hop music and dance pioneer Kurtis Blow, the first rapper to be signed by a major label in 1979. Blow is considered one of hip-hop’s founding fathers and will perform as the MC of The Hip Hop Nutcracker. The tour includes a cast of a dozen all-star dancers, an on-stage DJ and an electric violinist who turns Tchaikovsky’s beloved Nutcracker score on its head.

Created in 2013 by director/choreographer Jennifer Weber (an Oliver Award nominee and Emmy winner) and writer Mike Fitelson, The Hip Hop Nutcracker pays homage to the original George Balanchine ballet, retold through the modern, self-expressive gaze of hip-hop culture.

Tickets will be available to purchase at or by calling 855-285-8499.