Nominees Announced for 13th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award

The Only Award Dedicated to Live Performances of the Beloved Show

 Today, Goldstar announces the nominees for the 13th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award, the only award honoring live performances of The Nutcracker nationwide. More than 50 productions are vying for a cash prize to go towards education and accessibility programs, as well as the coveted title of Best Loved Nutcracker in the U.S.

As has become tradition, the nominees represent a wide variety of genres, styles and creative themes. They include well-known ballet companies like San Francisco Ballet, Atlanta Ballet and three-time Goldstar National Nutcracker Award-winning Joffrey Ballet, but also unusual tellings of the holiday classic, such as Nutcracker Rouge from creator Austin McCormick and his gender-bending troupe Company XIV and The Hip Hop Nutcracker, which replaces the pas de duex with poppin’ and lockin’ and features ‘80s rap icon MC Kurtis Blow.

The complete list of nominees for the 13th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award can be found here: And locally nominated productions can be viewed here:

The winner of the Goldstar National Nutcracker Award is determined by audience ratings from people who attend 2019 Nutcracker productions through Goldstar. The show with the highest overall rating is awarded “The Nutty” statuette. 

Previous winners of the Goldstar National Nutcracker Award include: 

2018    Long Beach Ballet, The Nutcracker 

2017    Company XIV, ​Nutcracker Rouge

2016    Colorado Ballet, The Nutcracker

2015    The Joffrey Ballet,  Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker

2014    MBS Productions, The Beulaville Baptist Book Club Presents: A Bur-less-Q Nutcracker!

2013    Debbie Allen Dance Academy, The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker

2012    The Joffrey Ballet, Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker

2011    The Joffrey Ballet, Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker

2010    Debbie Allen Dance Academy,  The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker

2009    Boston Ballet, ​Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker

2008    Kirov Ballet, The Nutcracker

2007    The House Theater of Chicago, The Nutcracker 

The winner of this year’s award will be announced on Dec. 18, 2019.


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