Tchaikovsky vs. Radio City

With the famous Rockettes now touring the country as part of the traveling version of the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, local dance companies used to cleaning up at the box office with their annual Nutcracker presentations are feeling a bit besieged. Across the country, companies are jazzing up their traditional Nutcrackers, and adding flashy new sets, costumes, and dramatic elements in an effort to compete with the glitzy Radio City crowd. One Denver company even has its toy soldiers lining up to kick their legs over their heads for a while, just like you know who.