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Kyre Ambrose portrays Rat, with Sophia Garufi as Rat and Ronnie Thomas as the Nutcracker Prince.

Kyre Ambrose portrays Rat, with Sophia Garufi as Rat and Ronnie Thomas as the Nutcracker Prince.

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Tchaikovsky in Jordans

'The Urban Nutcracker' gives classic holiday story a contemporary spin

The lights rise on dancer and poet Ramiro Vaughan, wearing red sneakers and matching hat. With a mix of spoken word and street style dance, he leads the audience through the streets of Boston’s Downtown Crossing, where he meets a doo-wop group and woos a girl. The Citgo sign shines in the background like a contemporary North Star. One thing’s for sure, “The Urban Nutcracker” isn’t like any Tchaikovsky you’ve seen before.