‘The Nutcracker’ gets makeover for 2014

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – The Grand Rapids Ballet’s production of a holiday classic is about to get a makeover, with the help of an author and illustrator who grew up in Grand Rapids.

Chris Van Allsburg, the author of “The Polar Express” and “Juamnji,” will help to transform “The Nutcracker” from its current version into a new production in December, the GRB announced Tuesday during a news conference.

The new version of “The Nutcracker,” which has been in production for 30 years in its classic version, will feature a set design by Tony Award winner Eugene Lee, who designed sets for “Wicked,” “Sweeny Todd” and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” according to a GRB news release.

A new choreographer, Val Caniparoli, who has worked with dozens of performance companies, will create new choreography for the re-imagined ballet.

“The Nutcracker” will run Dec. 12 to Dec. 14 and Dec. 19 to Dec. 21 at DeVos Hall in downtown Grand Rapids.

For more information on “The Nutcracker,” click here.

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