NYC Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’ Returns + More NYC Events 11/24–11/30

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New York is the city that never sleeps, and with so many events and activities each week across all five boroughs, it can be hard to know what’s actually worthwhile. Here are the events New York City actors should have on their radars this week.

The New York City Ballet presents “The Nutcracker.”
Beginning performances Nov. 24, George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” will tinker over to the David H. Koch Theater. The production is particularly special for the New York City Ballet, as every single one of its 90 dancers, 62 musicians, 32 stagehands, and two casts of 50 young students of the School of American Ballet, partake in the holiday classic throughout the month of performances. (Tickets start at $85)

Kris Kringle will sing you a tune.
Thanksgiving is now behind us, which means the holiday season is in full swing. Since there is really no better way to usher in the merriment than with a holiday-themed musical (subjective), head to The Town Hall Nov. 24 at either 3 or 8 p.m. for “Kris Kringle the Musical.” Directed by Pierre Brault, this original tuner will star Tony nominees Cathy Rigby and Pamela Myers, as well as Kim Crosby and stage favorite Andrew Keenan-Bolger. (Tickets start at $35)

On-site “A Christmas Carol” will lift your spirits.
And keep your holiday spirits buoyed with “A Christmas Carol” at the Merchant’s House Museum, beginning performances Nov. 30. Returning for the fifth consecutive year, this immersive experience takes attendees back to 1867 NYC, when Charles Dickens arrived and wrote the holiday classic. Sip themed cocktails inside the cozy estate, before actor John Kevin Jones delivers the fable, all inside the period double parlor. (Tickets start at $45)

The Band(stand) is getting back together.
If overt holiday fare isn’t your bag, try some non-seasonal swing at Birdland on Nov. 27. The Donny Nova Band, comprised of Laura Osnes, Corey Cott, and other members of Broadway’s late “Bandstand,” will take to the historic stage—in character—to croon some of their favorite tunes from the swing-oriented musical. (Tickets start at $35)

Take in the work of David Hockney at the Met—for free.
Beginning Nov. 27, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will present a career retrospective exhibit of the artist David Hockney in honor of his 80th birthday. Spanning his six decades of artistry, as well as the various mediums in which he has worked, the exhibit will showcase many of his earlier experimental pieces, as well as landmark works that have come to redefine depictions of space and dimension in art. And, perhaps best of all, the Met is donation-based when it comes to admission cost, so you can indulge in a classy uptown day, for the price of a subway swipe. (Suggested donation: $25)

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