Hip Hop Legend Kurtis Blow Announces The Hip Hop Nutcracker Dates, First National Tour Since His Heart Transplant
The Music Pioneer who Created Christmas Rappin’ and The Breaks is Hitting the Road This Holiday Season
Los Angeles, CA (July 13, 2021) Everything old is new again. Tchaikovsky’s 129-year-old ballet is reimagined as a holiday dance spectacle in The Hip Hop Nutcracker, hitting the road for a seventh season. The production features hip hop pioneer Kurtis “The Breaks” Blow, the first rapper to be signed by a major label in 1979. 42 years and a heart transplant later, this hip hop founding father is still performing as MC of The Hip Hop Nutcracker. Preview the action here: https://youtu.be/toBO5yHVIhg
A cast of a dozen all-star dancers, an on-stage DJ and an electric violinist turn the beloved score on its head. The 31-city tour kicks off in San Diego, California on November 6, 2021 before stops in Oakland, St. Louis, Atlanta, New York City, and Boston.
“Through the isolation of the pandemic and for me, personally, the gift of receiving a new heart, it is time to hope again,” says Kurtis Walker, known professionally as Kurtis Blow. “And the season of hope is Christmas.” On December 6, 2020, he had a heart transplant that has given him a new life.
Blow has paved the way for generations of hip hop artists and fans after scoring the first certified gold record rap song in 1980, “The Breaks.” He was also the first rapper to be signed to a major label. Blow is also responsible for “Christmas Rappin’, the perennial first rap holiday song.
“It’s incredible for me to meet fans, and their kids, and their kids’ kids who love hip hop music,” says Blow. “It reminds me of how The Nutcracker brings people of all ages together too. I hope everyone makes holiday memories for a lifetime when they come to our show.”
Just like the classic Nutcracker story, in The Hip Hop Nutcracker Maria-Clara and the Nutcracker prince go on a dream adventure battling a gang of mice, visiting the land of sweets and learning the lessons of the holiday season. Innovative digital graffiti and visuals transform the landscape of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s beloved story from traditional 19th Century Germany to the vibrant, diverse sights and sounds of a colorful and contemporary New York City. Through the modern, self-expressive gaze of hip hop culture, the dynamic performers of The Hip Hop Nutcracker celebrate the magic of the entire holiday season on the most inclusive holiday of them all – New Year’s Eve, a time for new beginnings.
For more information about where to purchase tickets to The Hip Hop Nutcracker, visit www.hiphopnutcracker.com.
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2021 Tour Dates for The Hip Hop Nutcracker
Date City Venue
November 6 San Diego, CA Civic Theatre
November 7 San Luis Obispo, CA Cal Poly Arts
November 10 Oakland, CA Paramount Theatre
November 12 Eugene, OR Hult Center for the Performing Arts
November 13-14 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre
November 15 Olympia, WA Washington Center for the Performing Arts
November 16 Portland, OR Keller Auditorium
November 19-20 Denver, CO Buell Theatre
November 23 Austin, TX Bass Concert Hall
November 24 Oklahoma City, OK Civic Center Music Hall
November 26 St. Louis, MO Stifel Theatre
November 28 Omaha, NE Orpheum Theatre
November 30 Lawrence, KS Lied Center
December 3 Dayton, OH Victoria Theatre
December 4 Columbus, OH Palace Theatre
December 7 Charleston, SC Gaillard Center
December 8 Richmond, VA Altria Theater
December 10 W. Palm Beach, FL Kravis Center
December 12 Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre
December 14 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre
December 15 Roanoke, VA Berglund Performing Arts Theatre
December 18 Newark, NJ NJPAC
December 19 Brooklyn, NY Kings Theatre
December 23 New Haven, CT Shubert Theatre
December 26 Durham, NC DPAC
December 27-28 Charlotte, NC Blumenthal Performing Arts
December 29 Norfolk, VA Chrysler Hall
December 30 Pittsburgh, PA Benedum Center
January 1 Boston, MA Emerson Colonial Theatre
January 2 New Brunswick, NJ State Theatre New Jersey