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December 25, 2013

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Debbie Allen’s “The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker” beat out nearly 60 other productions to win the award.

Debbie Allen production wins top ‘Nutcracker’ award

NEW YORK — Debbie Allen has gotten a nice Christmas present – the Goldstar National Nutcracker Award.

The ticket discounter has declared the award-winning director and choreographer’s school the winner of the seventh annual contest that crowns the best version of “The Nutcracker” in the land.

The Debbie Allen Dance Academy’s show, “The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker,” which was mounted earlier this month in Los Angeles, beat out nearly 60 other productions of “The Nutcracker.” It’s Allen’s second time winning the award.

Her show begins when young Kara Johnson receives a nutcracker filled with hot chocolate, falls asleep and the nutcracker comes alive. Written and directed by the “Fame” star, the show stars Allen and Carlo Imperato and had an original score by Mariah Carey, Arturo Sandoval, Chau-Giang Thi Nguyen, James Ingram and Thump.

Voting for the Goldstar National Nutcracker Award is determined by Goldstar members who rate and review “The Nutcracker” productions they recently attended. Allen’s academy, which was founded by Allen and Norman Nixon in 2001, will also win a cash prize.





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