Parisians are going gaga over An American in Paris, the first-ever stage production of the 1951 Hollywood film starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron and with a musical score by George Gershwin. The performance
Because Tchaikovsky’s and Petipa’s previous collaboration, "The Sleeping Beauty," had been so successful, "The Nutcracker" sold out on opening night, Dec. 18, 1892. Reactions to the new ballet were varied.
"The Nutcracker" might be a family favorite today, but back in the 1890s, the uber-famous ballet was a critical flop. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky premiered his now internationally beloved ballet "The Nutcracker"