The Joffrey Ballet’s beloved production of “The Nutcracker” was chosen as the year’s best out more than 106 “Nutcracker”-themed productions, winning the Goldstar National Nutcracker Award’s “The Nutty” statuette for “audience favorite.”

This year marks the farewell season for the production, directed and choreographed by the Joffrey’s founding artistic director Robert Joffrey, and which has been presented for 28 years by the iconic ballet company. This is the third time the Joffrey has won the top award for its whimsical, Victorian-era America take on the ballet, adapted from E.T.A. Hoffman’s “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” and featuring the classic score by Tchaikovsky.

In addition to the coveted statuette, the company also receives a cash prize for various education programs. Voting for the Goldstar National Nutcracker Award is determined by Goldstar members who rate and review “The Nutcracker” productions they recently attended.

Next season, the Joffrey will present Tony Award-winning choreorgapher Christopher Wheeldon’s entirely new production of the ballet, one in which Chicago’s Colubmian Exposition of 1893 will serve as the backdrop.

“The Nutcracker” farewell season performances can be seen through Dec. 27 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress. For info and tickets, visit


The Joffrey Ballet 2014 production of "The Nutcracker." | PHOTO COPYRIGHT CHERYL MANN PRODUCTIONS

The Joffrey Ballet 2014 production of “The Nutcracker.” | PHOTO COPYRIGHT CHERYL MANN PRODUCTIONS

Contributing: AP