Long live the Black Power Movement; bumbling Johnny English can't be killed; a basketball coach refuses to let dreams die; D'Artagnan and his three buddies narrowly avoid constant death threats; after his son's death, a father continues his journey. It's all at the movies.
The Nutcracker is arguably the most famous and popular ballets performed today. Most of us recognize Tchaikovsky's score--or at least "The Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy"--even if some of those numbers get confused with animated dancing mushrooms from the Fantasia movie. But beyond the simple, joyful entertainment this ballet delivers is a convoluted and interesting history that has little resemblance to the story most of us know.