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Urban Nutcracker Hosts Autism-Friendly Performance – FLYER

Boston Favorite Makes Arts Accessible for the Holidays


BOSTON- Boston’s beloved Holiday tradition, Anthony Williams’ Urban Nutcracker returns to John Hancock Hall from December 12 to December 28. Coined the “Boston Nutcracker,” by the Metro, this family friendly diverse dance extravaganza represents a modern classical take on Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece. The Urban Nutcracker was created in the spirit of inclusiveness and accessibility, and the producers are proud to announce an autism-friendly performance to take place on December 20th.

“We are thrilled this special performance has been added to the schedule because it’s a strong signal of inclusion. Many individuals and families a!ected by autism face obstacles in enjoying the same experiences that many in our society take for granted, especially around the holiday season,” Russ Kenn, Executive Director – New England Autism Speaks. “We are so appreciative of the Tony Williams Dance Center’s initiative to remove these obstacles and to share the holiday spirit that the unique performance provides to our local members of the autism community. The best present anyone can receive during the holiday season is to be included and valued—mission accomplished,” he said.

An established member of the Boston arts and cultural family, the Urban Nutcracker has brought holiday cheer to audiences for years. The production itself is a reflection of the changing face of Boston, with a troupe of talented dancers and performers of all colors and creed bringing classical ballet, urban tap, krumping, swing, flamenco and more to the Boston stage.

“I created the Urban Nutcracker to celebrate diversity and to encourage accessibility to the arts, as collective artistic expression is amazingly powerful, “said Tony Williams, Artistic Director of the Urban Nucracker. “We are proud and privileged to create an enriching and comfortable environment for the autism community to enjoy our multi-cultural holiday celebration. I would like to thank New England Autism Speaks for their tireless advocacy work, and their e!orts on this exciting collaborationRE,” he said.

This year the Urban Nutcracker welcomes CJ “Snap Boogie’’ Andrade to the production. CJ played the role of Omar in the original production, and has since tore up the dance floor as a finalist on America’s Got Talent. Krumper Russell Ferguson, who won So You Can Dance, and also another original Urban Nutcracker cast member, also returns to do the famous Face-O! with his former mentor, Khalid Hill.

Tickets are $25, $35, $45 and $65 (special Director’s Seats, $85). To purchase advance tickets, visit or call Vendini at (888) 596-1027. Convenience fees and telephone surcharges apply. Tickets are also available at the Back Bay Events Center Box O”ce located at 180 Berkeley St. beginning Wednesday, Oct. 29. Box o”ce hours are limited –
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