Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Review: ‘The Nutcracker’ blossoms in Green Bay’s Weidner Center
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – The gentle overture sounds recorded. It’s not. The hall is built for such lovely, live music.People from a time gone by, each dressed in finery, flow past a colorful backdrop. The spectacle befits the hall, too.These are impressions of the opening moments of what has been called “The Green Bay Nutcracker.” Performances were snuffed out last year in the COVID-19 pandemic. They are revitalized in Cofrin Family Hall of Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, home of the Weidner Philharmonic…
All along, the orchestra conducted by Randall Meder pours the foundation with the richly far-ranging music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
The production is big, elaborate and vivid – a thing of beauty.