SUGAR HILL | The Ellington/Strayhorn Nutcracker


Performances Cancelled

Unfortunately, the producers of Sugar Hill: The Ellington/Strayhorn Nutcracker are unable to present their upcoming performances at City Center at this time. All performances of Sugar Hill from November 17 – 26, 2023 are cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause, and truly appreciate your understanding.

If you have previously purchased tickets, the cost of your ticket(s) will be automatically refunded to the payment method of your original transaction. Please allow a few business days for your refund to process.

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An exhilarating story told in dance, SUGAR HILL is set to the music of the genre-defying collaboration between jazz icons bandleader/composer Duke Ellington and gay composer, Billy Strayhorn, in a captivating way that has never been done before.

SUGAR HILL reveals the glamour of the 1930s as seen through the lens of the nonconformist daughter of a high-society Black family in Manhattan and her fantastic dreamworld in the Sugar Hill neighborhood of Harlem. A jazz-steeped reimagining of the classic tale, this Nutcracker dance-story sends a stirring message that champions individuality and the journey to find the power of your unique self: “Go find what makes you different to find your magic.”

With a libretto and concept by Jessica Swan, this original production is directed with choreography by Emmy Award winner and Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics nominee Joshua Bergasse, and co-choreographed by Jade Hale-Christofi, with featured choreography by Jon Boogz and Caleb Teicher and choreographic consultation from Graciela Danielle. Orchestrations and Arrangements are by Grammy Award®-winner John Clayton and three-time Tony Award® nominee Larry Blank, Paul Masse (Dance Arranger), and Tripp Phillips (Production Stage Manager). Casting by Mungioli Theatricals, Inc. 

Programming subject to change.

Art by Ben Wiseman


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