Disney has announced that the unscripted holiday special “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” will begin streaming on Disney+ in the United States on Friday, November 25, 2022.
RUN DMC’s Rev Run brings us along for a hip-hop reimagining of The Nutcracker ballet set in New York City. It’s the night of the annual New Year’s Eve block party and Maria-Clara’s (Caché Melvin) mom and pop (Allison Holker Boss and Stephen “tWitch’ Boss) aren’t getting along … and it’s bringing her down. Maria-Clara embarks on a holiday adventure to bring her parents back together, finding help along the way from the magical toymaker, Drosselmeyer (Comfort Fedoke), and the Nutcracker (Du-Shant “Fik-shun” Stegall) whom she brings to life.
Maria-Clara’s journey takes her from the streets of New York to fantasy worlds where she battles with mice and toy soldiers (Viktor White, BDash, Kevin “Konkrete” Davis”), and back in time to the Land of Sweets in order to find the key to unlock her holiday wish. Will it be enough to rekindle her parents’ lost love before the clock strikes midnight? The special features best-in-class dancers Mikhail Baryshnikov, Tiler Peck, KidaTheGreat AKA Kida Burns, the Jabbawockeez as magical snowflakes, and more.
Produced by Done+Dusted, executive producers are Raj Kapoor, Katy Mullan, Jennifer Weber, Eva Price and NappyTabs. Choreographers include NappyTabs, Hokuto “HOK” Konishi, Phillip Chbeeb, Makenzie Dustman, Luther Brown, D-Trix and Jennifer Weber.
Nikki Parsons is director. The Disney+ Original special “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” is inspired by the live stage phenomenon touring America this holiday season.
Rev Run – Neighborhood MC/Narrator
Caché Melvin – Maria-Clara
Du-Shaunt “Fik-Shun” Stegall – Nutcracker
Stephen “tWitch” Boss & Allison Holker Boss – Mom and Dad
Comfort Fedoke – Drosselmeyer
Jabbawockeez – Snowflakes
Jaja Vankova – Marionette Toy
Tiler Peck – Ballerina Toy
Nicholas “Slick” Stewart – Jack in the Box Toy
Robert Green – Violinist, Ensemble
BDash, Kevin “Konkrete” Davis, Viktor White – Soldiers
Jean Sok – Mouse King
KidaTheGreat AKA Kida Burns – Reed Pipes, Ensemble
Alex Wong, Simrin Player – Sweets, Ensemble
Ray Basa – Chocolates
D-Trix – Piano Player
Bailey “Bailrok” Munoz, Dustin “D” Payne, Randi “Rascal” Freitas, Rudy Reynon, Tre De Rego, Ethan Evaro, Elyssa Cueto, Angel Gibbs, Alexis Shon, Brynda Rowen, Shannon Kelly, Maycee Steele, Winnie Chang, Jordan Laza, Dayne Sempert, Alex Palaez, Hugh Aparente, Chris Andrews, Noelle Rodriguez, Taylor Thomas – Ensemble
Marisa Kouroubacalis – Bucket Drummer
Mikhail Baryshniikov – Cameo
Kurtis Blow – Cameo
Phil Wright – Cameo
To see a full list of everything coming to Disney+ in the United States in November 2022, click here.