Nutcracker http://wfpl.org en A Cultural Marker: The Nutcracker Returns with Live Music http://wfpl.org/post/cultural-marker-nutcracker-returns-live-music <p>“The Nutcracker,” a fantasy-fueled story of a young girl who dreams her toy prince to life and follows him through magical lands, debuted as a ballet in St. Petersburg in the late 19<sup>th</sup> century with choreography by the ballet master Petipa and music by Tchaikovsky. But it didn’t become an American holiday tradition until after World War II, when George&nbsp;Balanchine staged his version for the New York City Ballet and the ballet caught fire as a Christmastime production. Mon, 03 Dec 2012 21:19:24 +0000 Erin Keane 2777 at http://wfpl.org A Cultural Marker: The Nutcracker Returns with Live Music