I’m a member of US Family Guide and I received two complimentary tickets for the Philadelphia performance of Moscow Ballet’s "Great Russian Nutcracker" at the Tower Theatre. Technically, the Tower is a half block outside the Philadelphia City Limits so it’s actually located in Upper Darby, Pa., but we won't argue over minor details. Philly claims it so that works for me.
When I told my daughter I was taking her to see it, she got all excited because she loves ballet. She claims she wants to be a professional dancer some day but, I’m not taking her seriously right now though, because she also wants to play the guitar, drums and piano, become a famous singer/songwriter, become a veterinarian and learn to fly airplanes too. Yea, whatever!
Anyway, the show was scheduled to begin at 7:30. We got there at about 7:05, picked up our tickets at will call and went inside. The Tower Theater was built in 1927 and completely refurbished after a really bad fire in 1972. It is considered a (Philadelphia) landmark.
Now, I've lived my entire life (except for 3 years) in Philly, so I'm almost ashamed to tell you I've never been there before.
As far as theaters go, it's kind of small with seating for about 3000 people, but it appears to have been taken care of. If you've never been there before, don't be fooled by the suburban address. The area surrounding the Tower is okay during daylight hours but after dark, my advice is proceed with caution.
We had middle isle, orchestra seats which was amazing and the show was only about 5 minutes late getting started. I expected my daughter and I would be completely mesmerized during the show because you know - ballet. They did not disappoint us. The dance routines were impeccable, the costumes were stunning and everything was simply beautiful.
If you're thinking we had a wonderful mother/daughter date night filled with lovely memories, you are absolutely correct. I'm thinking we will make this an annual tradition.
Have you seen the Moscow Ballet's rendition of the Nutcracker?