Art and commerce: Kansas City Ballet unveils a new ‘Nutcracker’

Virtually every ballet company in the country stages a version of the holiday fable based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Hoffman’s “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.” This year's production by the Kansas City Ballet is literally all new: new choreography, new costumes, new scenery, a new lighting design.

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