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Ballet to shelve iconic ‘Nutcracker’
SEATTLE -- For years, Maurice Sendak's rat costumes, party boy outfits and fairy sparkles have wowed Seattle crowds around Christmas time. But after this year's run of the Pacific Northwest Ballet's 'Nutcracker,' those costumes and choreography will be retired for good. The 2014 holiday staging of the "Nutcracker" will be the last of Sendak and choreographers Kent Stowell's version, the Seattle Times reported, replaced instead by a version using George Blanchine's 1954 choreography and new costumes by Ian Falconer.