Friday, December 19, 2008

The Nutcracker!

Last night, Rachel, Ben, Audrey, Colin, Justin, Eugene, Erica, Dan, and I saw NYC Ballet's The Nutcracker in the David Koch Theater. Unlike Friday's opera, we arrived about an hour before the show--aah how wonderful it feels to be early. We bought lattes, took pictures, and enjoyed the Christmas beauty of Lincoln Center. Our seats were in the nose bleed section, but at least that meant we saw the overall production quite well!

It was lovely--rather different from Pacific Northwest Ballet's Nutcracker, but good. The most interesting difference was that while in PNB's, Clara/Marie and the Nutcracker dancers switch from children to adults either after she defeats the rat king, or right before, and they remain adults throughout the second act. In NYCB's, the girl and prince dancers are children the entire time. There were also more children dancers in the second act in general than I remember in PNB's, and they were phenomenal!

After the ballet, we said goodbye to Eugene and met Andy at Akdeniz Turkish Cuisine near Rockefeller Center. I found it on NY Mag, and it was delicious. The atmosphere was fun, the servers highly attentive (but not suffocating), the food very yummy, and the prices reasonable. Mmmm.

Then, we hugged Erica and Dan goodbye, and walked up to Rockefeller Center to see the tree! So pretty!! We soon realized that if we left NOW we could barely make the 11:40pm train. We walked rather briskly about 15 blocks down to Penn Station, and found seats on the packed train with three minutes to spare.

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Now, I am praying that the yucky weather in NJ allows my plane to take off, and the yucky weather in WA allows it to land tomorrow. Goodnight!

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