"The Nutcracker" comes to life with a New York twist in "The Knickerbocker Suite."
Using the music and story we all know, the show features New York touches. The battle of the rat king and soldier becomes a tangle between dancing subway rats, carrying MetroCards, and cockroaches. Instead of sugarplum fairies, we've got pigeons.
Performances start on Friday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. and run one hour. For more about "The Knickerbocker Suite" and Manhattan Youth Ballet, go to http://www.manhattanyouthballet.org/the-knickerbocker-suite.html