Hip Hop Nutcracker

With Special Guest MC Kurtis Blow

Special guest MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop’s founding fathers, will open The Hip Hop Nutcracker at DPAC on Saturday, November 26.  Kurtis Blow will kick off the show with a short set before rapping the introduction to the show.  A timeless artist and hip hop legend, he blazed the trail for early Hip-Hop artists, and continues to carry the torch for Hip-Hop music into new arenas. Don’t miss the opportunity to see him in this contemporary re-imagining of Tchaikovsky’s timeless music.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker, a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, is a holiday mash-up for the entire family. Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber and produced by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and co-commissioned by United Palace of Cultural Arts, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a full-length production performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ and a violinist. Through the spells cast by the mysterious Drosselmeyer, Maria-Clara and her prince travel back in time to the moment when her parents first meet in a nightclub. Digital scenery transforms E.T.A. Hoffmann’s beloved story set to the streets of New York. The dance work celebrates love, community and the magic of New Year’s Eve.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker has been called “a truly one-of-a-kind experience, filled with high-powered choreography and a very modern storyline” by ELLE magazine, while CBS-TV raved, “The Hip Hop Nutcracker turns Tchaikovsky on his head, in the coolest possible way.”

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Sat, Nov 26, 2016 • 7:30 PM


  • Find tickets online at DPACnc.com, Ticketmaster.com or at The Ticket Center at DPAC, in person or by-phone at 919.680.2787.
  • Prices include 7.5% sales tax.
  • Visit our Where to Buy page for The Ticket Center at DPAC address and hours.


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Dates / Times

Age Restriction

Please note that all guests require a ticket, regardless of age. Children under the age of 6 are not allowed at this performance. Children must be able to sit quietly in their own seat without disturbing other guests.

Camera Policy

Photography and Video Recording is prohibited. All electronic devices (cell phones, smart phones, tablets, digital cameras) must be turned off before entering the seating area. Cameras with detachable lens are not allowed into the building.

Event Schedule

6:30pm- Lobby Doors & Seating Area Opens
7:30pm- Performance Begins

*Please note all times are approximate and subject to change.

Video Screens

Currently, this event has not approved using our video screens. Please feel free to check back closer to the event for updates. If approved, we will post notice here.

For many concert, comedy, and special events at DPAC, we offer added views of the stage with two big screens (size: 16’ x 9’) hung to the sides of the stage or above the stage. These big screens can add to the visual experience of our concert, comedy, and special events and give guests seated farther from the stage what we like to call “a tenth row view”. Approval to use these screens always rests with the visiting show and about half of all concert and comedy events do use these screens.

Safety First Bag Check

For your safety, all guests and their bags are subject to inspection before entry. This inspection may include the use of metal detectors. Restricted items include, but are not limited to, Alcohol, Cameras, Glass Bottles, and Weapons of any kind. In addition, we will also now restrict backpacks and any oversized bags larger than 12 inches by 12 inches x 10 inches (about the size of a standard milk crate). Safety first is our goal. Please let us know if you have any questions or feedback at [email protected] 

Weather Policy

All performances scheduled at DPAC normally take place as planned. For more information on our inclement weather policy please visit INCLEMENT WEATHER FAQ.