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How Nutcracker ballet made us nuts

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Each holiday season, many families attend the only ballet they’ll see all year: “The Nutcracker.”
But how did “The Nutcracker” become such a popular tradition?
The story itself is quite old, and the one we see onstage is a popular adaptation by the French author Alexandre Dumas, best known for writing “The Three Musketeers.”
Once the story made the leap from page to stage, history was in the making.
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky composed “The Nutcracker” as his final ballet, taking on the project with a marked lack of enthusiasm.


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