The Hip Hop Nutcracker is Coming Back To Columbus

Tired of the same old Nutcracker every year? This holiday season, Columbusites will have the opportunity to check out an epic version again this year.

Presented by CAPA, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a contemporary re-imagining of Tchaikovsky’s timeless music performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, an on-stage DJ, and an electric violinist.

In this updated take on the classic, Maria-Clara and her Nutcracker Prince travel back in time through a spell to the moment when her parents first meet in a 1980s’ Brooklyn nightclub. This year, the show will open up with Hip Hop legend, MC Kurtis Blow.

MC Kurtis Blow, photo by Tim Norris

The Hip Hop Nutcracker is directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, artistic director of the Brooklyn based theatrical hip-hop dance company Decadancetheatre.

“It’s been exciting to evolve the show over the last five years as audiences continue to come back to see the creative changes we make to the production,” said Weber. “The dancers continue to raise the bar each year which has taken the show to new heights.”

The Hip Hop Nutcracker will be at the Palace Theatre on December 22 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $30-$60 and are available the CAPA Ticket Center or online at

Originally published 11/12/18. Updated 12/10/19.

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