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Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker Reviews

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Average customer review: 2.5 star rating (2.7 Stars)

Number of reviews: 19

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4.0 star rating Sun from Vancouver, British Columbia

GREAT SHOW

It was a very first time I saw ballet performance from Russia last year. I was so excited to see them. I love it enough to go again for the second round this year. I got the pre-sales tickets on the second days once its open to public. So I am able to get two front row seats at a reasonable price. I am very excited to look forward seeing them again in November. Although it was a great experience, it did not fully meet my expectation. The performance was lack of high level technical jumping and turnings. Having said that, the costumes were beautiful. It definitely worth to see it for yourself. At last, the Queen Elizabeth Theater has a poor air circulations system. I got an headache in the second half of the show due to the bad air and a full house attendance.

3.0 star rating Martha from Chicago, Illinois

DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY

This performance (12/8/19 in Rosemont, IL) was extremely disappointing. These were not cheap tickets - I expected more from this company, and I regret purchasing. It was very clear that the performance/set is geared towards adults who don't particularly care about ballet or classical music bringing their kids who won't know the difference. 1. NO LIVE ORCHESTRA?!?! I don't expect an orchestra for a small kids production that costs $20/ticket, but for a professional performance this was a huge shock and disappointment. 2. Level of professionalism and technique of the dancers was uninspiring and lowerthan expected. I was fairly bored most of the time to be honest - only the arabian dancers were impressive to me (that dance is a very small portion of the show...) So combination of choreography and technique issues overall. 3. The set left much to be desired. Very clear that this is a traveling show with little but screens and bright costumes.

2.0 star rating KF from Tucson, Arizona

MOSCOW BALLET'S GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER IN TUCSON

Was disappointed. Costumes were nice and some of the dancers were good but the troupe, in general, was mediocre and unable to be synchronous. Kept wondering if these were the same dancers that were playing in the major cities! Wouldn't fly in Los Angeles, San Francisco or Seattle.

3.0 star rating Katia from Los Angeles, California

WAS A DISAPPOINTMENT

Expected something magical, but disappointment started by entering the theater , which has no seats, instead they are folding chairs, considering how much they are charging per ticket, it’s a scam.. Second disappointment, no live orchestra, music is a recording ... and overall there was a lots of noise that didn’t allow audience to concentrate, they should really disallow food, everyone was eating chips,etc... at some point someone’s mic backstage could be heard... Performances were soo shabby, little local children didn’t belong on a big stage, since were absolutely not trained in ballet... Sugar Plum fairy performance, which usually is one of the highlights, was mediocre at the best .. acrobatic Arabian dancers got the most applause... don’t go, waste your time and money, I even doubt the cast is original.

1.0 star rating Meg from Detroit, Michigan

DISAPPOINTING

This was all about the dancing and not the story. No kids on stage. Clara is not watching with delight in the corner of the stage. This was about showcasing a few performers, not beautiful dancing within a beautiful story. No live orchestra. So disappointed. I certainly didn’t feel like we attended the classic Nutcracker performance I certainly hope the Fox Theater gets back to the classic that we all know and love.

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