• “The Nutcracker” is arguably one of the most beloved family holiday traditions. Ballet companies around the world pack theaters (and pad their tight operating budgets) in the weeks leading up to Christmas with productions set to the familiar suite by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

  • For many American families, there is no more beloved tradition than an annual Christmas season performance of “The Nutcracker.” At the Broward Center last weekend, this assertion proved true, with the Au Rene Theatre packed with children of all ages and their parents—both straight and gay.