Marquee TV Spreads Holiday Performing Arts Cheer
HOLIDAY STREAMING HIGHLIGHTS
New York City Ballet - George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
Available Various Dates from December 11 – December 31
Celebrate the joy and wonder of the season with New York City Ballet’s landmark production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®, captured in December 2019 on their home stage at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Tschaikovsky’s iconic score, conducted by Andrew Litton and performed by the 62-piece New York City Ballet Orchestra, will whisk you away on a heartwarming adventure through the eyes of the pint-sized heroine Marie. You’ll battle an army of mice and get swept up in a blizzard of snowflakes on your way to a fantastical land made entirely of candy. With hundreds of delightfully costumed characters, spectacular feats of fancy, and a magnificent tree that never ceases to awe, it’s no wonder this production has been the hottest holiday ticket in New York City for nearly 70 years. Rental rules apply: viewers will be able to start the performance at their convenience from Dec 11 to Jan 3, and will have 48 hours to finish watching after the first play.
George Balanchine's The Nutcracker (credit: Erin Baiano)
American Shakespeare Center - A Christmas Carol
Coming Soon to Marquee TV
Celebrate the holiday season with ASC as they perform within their ASC SafeStart protocols! Marley, the three ghosts, and Tiny Tim are all back in their new adaptation of the timeless Dickens novel, starring John Harrell as the curmudgeonly Scrooge. ASC is keeping the lights on and sharing the warmth of the holidays at the Blackfriars Playhouse and online this December.
A Christmas Carol (credit: Ben Steinhauer)
Manual Cinema - Christmas Carol
Available Various Dates from December 3 – December 20
In this world premiere online event created for audiences of all ages, interdisciplinary performance collective Manual Cinema takes on Charles Dickens’s holiday classic with a visually inventive adaptation made to broadcast directly to your home. An avowed holiday skeptic, Aunt Trudy has been recruited to channel her late husband Joe’s famous Christmas cheer. From the isolation of her Chicago apartment, she reconstructs his annual Christmas Carol puppet show – over a Zoom call while the family celebrates Christmas Eve under lockdown. But as Trudy becomes more absorbed in her own version of the story, the puppets take on a life of their own, and the family’s call transforms into a stunning cinematic adaptation of Dickens’s classic ghost story.
World premiere performances of Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol are December 3-20, 2020. Each show will be performed live in Manual Cinema’s Chicago studio in a socially distanced manner and then be live-streamed to audiences at home. In signature Manual Cinema fashion, hundreds of paper puppets, miniatures, silhouettes, and a live original score will come together to tell an imaginative re-invention of this cherished holiday classic.
A Christmas Carol (credit: Manual Cinema)
London Philharmonic Orchestra - A Christmas at Claridge’s
Available Saturday, December 19 on Marquee TV
Members of the LPO Brass section get together in style for the perfect concert to bring in the festive season. With a selection of Christmas carols and seasonal classics, feel free to sing along and enjoy the Christmas magic from the comfort of your home. This concert was specially filmed at Claridge’s Hotel with their world-renowned magnificent Christmas tree in the backdrop to help get us, and you, into the Christmas spirit.
A Christmas at Claridge’s (credit: LPO)
Moscow Ballet - The Nutcracker
Available Various Dates from December 19 – December 31
Go back to a simpler time and celebrate this Christmas tradition with the whole family. See Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker from the best seat in the house; your living room! Take this opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones and experience the smash-hit Holiday tradition in this ground-breaking Video on Demand debut. Take a trip backstage with the cameras for a look at how the magic is made. Hear it first-hand from world-class artists, designers, and the creators of this cherished production. See the full performance as captured on stage plus an up close look at the behind-the-scenes action. Make this Christmas special; don’t miss this celebration!
The Nutcracker (credit: Moscow Ballet)
Houston Grand Opera – HGO Studio Holiday Celebration
Available Friday, December 18 on Marquee TV
The showcase will feature artists from the HGO Studio as they take on a wide range of holiday favorites. Among those artists are Lindsay Kate Brown, Blake Denson, Ricardo Garcia, Cory McGee, Raven McMillon, Alex Munger, Nicholas Newton, Sun-Ly Pierce, Bin Yu Sanford, William Guanbo Su, and Elena Villalón. The presentation kicks off at 7:30 p.m. CT.
Scottish Ballet - The Snow Queen
Available Saturday, December 12 on Marquee TV
The jewel in the crown of Scottish Ballet’s 50th anniversary year, The Snow Queen is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s much-loved tale – which was also the basis for Frozen. This glittering production was captured live in December 2019 at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre and accompanied by the full Scottish Ballet Orchestra. From the bustle of a winter’s market to the shivers of a fairytale forest, take a journey to the Snow Queen’s palace, where you’ll find her surrounded by the icy fragments of an enchanted mirror. Along the way you’ll meet a colourful cast of characters, from young lovers parted by a spell to a circus ringmaster with a few tricks up his sleeve. Choreographed by Christopher Hampson and designed by the award-winning Lez Brotherston, this story of love and friendship is sure to delight the whole family.
The Snow Queen (credit: Andy Ross)
Ballet Lorent - The Lost Happy Endings
Friday, December 18 on Marquee TV
Packed with spirit, adventure and glorious surprises, this fantasy family show will delight generations both old and young. It’s an original story by Carol Ann Duffy retold as dance theatre for the family. Deep in the forest lives Jub, a magical girl with six fingers on each hand. Her job is to guard the Happy Endings to stories and fairytales. But one day an otherworldly Witch steals them, and at bedtime the stories are destroyed. As the Witch disappears with the stolen Happy Endings, it is up to Jub to save the night, encountering many beloved fairytale characters and woodland creatures in her quest. The original score is composed by Murray Gold, with set design by Neil Murray, costume design by Nasir Mazhar and narrated by Joanna Lumley.
The Lost Happy Endings (credit: Luke Waddington)
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