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Hip Hop Nutcracker at NJPAC: An ALL ARTS Presentation

A holiday mash-up for the whole family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is back and better than ever. Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. A unique and joyful event, this evening-length production is performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ, a violinist, and MC Kurtis Blow.

AIRED: September 27, 2019 | 1:23:24
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Kurtis: Hey everybody, I'm Kurtis Blow,

and I love the holiday season!

I've been mixing up hip-hop and the holidays

ever since my first song came out in 1979,

"The Christmas Rap."

And I am The Christmas Rapper.

And I'm here to welcome you all to the "Hip Hop Nutcracker."

If you love ballet and you don't know too much about hip hop,

get ready for your mind to be changed.

And if you're a hip-hop head

and you don't know too much about The Nutcracker,

get ready for your mind to be blown

'cause we are all here, getting ready to make it happen.

Beat Boys and Beat Girls are in the house

and it's getting ready to go down.

Now, this is a story about love.

Love is the message, love is the key and love is the answer.

So get ready everybody,

The Hip Hop Nutcracker is coming straight at you!

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♪ Break it down

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♪ Break it down

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Two, three, hey.

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Kurtis: All right!

Now before we go home, everybody,

get on up out of your seats one more time!

Let's have some fun.

Come on!

♪Brakes on a bus, brakes on a car ♪

♪Breaks to make you a superstar ♪

♪Breaks to win and breaks to lose ♪

♪But these here breaks will rock your shoes ♪

♪And these are the breaks ♪

♪Break it up, break it up, break it up ♪

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Kurtis: How about a nice round of applause for D-Payne!

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And give it up for Brandon!

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♪If your woman steps out with another man ♪

♪That's the breaks, that's the breaks ♪

♪And she runs off with him to Japan ♪

♪That's the breaks, that's the breaks ♪

♪And the IRS says they want to chat ♪

♪That's the breaks, that's the breaks ♪

♪And you can't explain why you claimed your cat ♪

♪That's the breaks, that's the breaks ♪

♪And Ma Bell sends you a whopping bill ♪

♪That's the breaks, that's the breaks ♪

♪With eighteen phone calls to Brazil ♪

♪That's the breaks, that's the breaks ♪

♪And you borrowed money from the mob ♪

♪That's the breaks, that's the breaks ♪

♪And yesterday you lost your job ♪

♪That's the breaks, that's the breaks ♪

♪Well, these are the breaks ♪

♪Break it up, break it up, break it up ♪

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Kurtis: How about a nice round of applause for Lily!

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And give it up for JK!

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♪Now, if you had a good time ♪

♪Throw your hands up to the sky ♪

♪Wave 'em 'round from side to side ♪

♪And if you deserve a little love tonight ♪

♪Somebody say all right ♪

♪All right ♪

♪Say ho-oo ♪

♪Ho-oo ♪

♪And you don't stop If you really believe in love ♪

♪ Scream ♪

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Kurtis: Give it up for my man, REAKTION!

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And give it up for Omen!

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♪Breaks on a stage, breaks on a screen ♪

♪Breaks to make your wallet lean ♪

♪Breaks run cold and breaks run hot ♪

♪Some folks got 'em and some have not ♪

♪But these are the breaks ♪

♪Break it up, break it up, break it up ♪

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♪Oh, yeah ♪

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Kurtis: Now playing the role of Drosselmeyer,

give it up for L Boogie.

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And our very own Mouse Queen, give it up for Randi!

♪ To the girl in brown stop messing around ♪

♪ Break it up, break it up ♪

♪ To the guy in blue, whatcha gonna do? ♪

♪ Break it up break it up ♪

♪ To the girl in green, don't be so mean ♪

♪ Break it up, break it up ♪

♪ And the guy in red say what I said ♪

♪ Break it up

♪ Break down

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Kurtis: It's the mama and the papa.

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Playing the role of the mama, give it up for Elena!

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And playing the role of the papa,

give it up for my main man, Just Jamz!

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♪Brakes on a train, brakes on a plane ♪

♪Breaks to make you go insane ♪

♪Breaks in love, breaks in war ♪

♪But we got the breaks to get you on the floor ♪

♪And these are the breaks ♪

♪Break it up, break it up, break it up ♪

♪Break down, Yo ♪

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♪Aw yeah ♪

Kurtis: Now these two young people

really know what love is all about.

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Playing up the role of Miss Maria Clara,

give it up for Sylvia!

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Yeah!

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Sylvia!

Ha ha!

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Yeah!

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Playing the role of The Nutcracker,

give it up for my man Riccola The Beast!

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Whoa!

Real Beat Boy!

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The Beast, everybody!

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Now, we have our very own musician

and he's a hip-hop musician.

Blending the styles of classical music along with the violin,

give it up for our violinist,

he goes by the name of Jarvis!

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Jarvis!

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Omen: Ladies and gentlemen,

make some noise for Mr. Kurtis Blow!

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Let's go. Oh, yeah.

Go, go, go, go, hey!

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Make some noise!

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Kurtis: Yes, yes.

How about a nice round of applause for everyone on stage?

All of our cast!

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