Goldstar, the world’s biggest ticket booth, has announced the winner of the 7th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award: Debbie Allen Dance Academy, The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker at Royce Hall at UCLA in Los Angeles, which competed with nearly 60 other productions of The Nutcracker across the country.

The dance academy will receive a cash prize to benefit the organization’s educational programs, and will get bragging rights since it was declared ‘the best-loved Nutcracker in the U.S.’

The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker, starred Debbie Allen and Carlo Imperato, but also included Mariah Carey, Arturo Sandoval, Chau-giang Thi Nguyen, James Ingram and Thump as part of the creative team. The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker was performed on December 14 & 15 at Royce Hall at UCLA in Los Angeles. This is another win for the Debbie Allen Dance Academy who took home The Nutty in 2010 as well.

“Each year, we look forward to giving Goldstar members the opportunity to select their favorite Nutcracker production from across the country,” says Goldstar CEO Jim McCarthy. “Now, the members have spoken and declared the best loved production in 2013 is The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker. We’d like to congratulate the entire cast and crew for their award-winning performance.”

The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker gives the seasonal favorite a rich new cultural context and updated characters, and features a lively contemporary score with original songs from multiple-Grammy-winner Mariah Carey and others. After young Kara receives a nutcracker filled with hot chocolate, she falls asleep and journeys to enchanted lands, including Candy Cane Lane, Egypt, the Rainforest, Jazzland, Russia and the Land of the Kimono Dolls. Little ones will have no trouble following along thanks to the narration by three wisecracking mice: Harvey, Schmink and Buckey. Allen herself appears in this fun holiday musical adventure.



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