The Hip Hop Nutcracker

Back by popular demand! See this show on Sat., Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.

Need more time? Check out the VIP tickets!

A holiday mash-up for the whole family, directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, The Hip Hop Nutcracker recorded live at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center is a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. A unique and joyful event, this evening-length production is performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ, a violinist, and MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop’s founding fathers, who opens the show with a short set. Just like the original, in The Hip Hop Nutcracker, Maria-Clara and the Nutcracker Prince go 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 transform the landscape of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s beloved story from traditional 19th Century Germany to the vibrant, diverse sights and sounds of contemporary New York City. Through this re-mixed and re-imagined version of the classic, the dynamic performers of The Hip Hop Nutcracker take us on a journey that celebrates love, community and the magic of the holiday season.

Tickets are reduced to $20 for our patrons and are available here. The Collins Center will receive a portion of ticket sales, so we thank you for your support!


Just a few press quotes to convince you to take a chance on a great show!

“A truly one-of-a-kind experience, filled with high-powered choreography and a very modern storyline.”
Elle Magazine

The Hip Hop Nutcracker turns Tchaikovsky on his head, in the coolest possible way.”

 A crowd-pleasing and uplifting saga just in time for the holiday season.”

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HOW IT WORKS: Click HERE to buy a General Admission or VIP ticket. Upon completion of purchase, you will receive an email with instructions on how to login to the performance. On the day of the show, follow those instructions and you will be allowed entry when the performance is ready to begin.