Christopher Wheeldon’s all new production of “The Nutcracker” for the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago is shaping up to be quite a Broadway-style extravaganza. Plans include a new narrative by the acclaimed author Brian Selznick (“The Invention of Hugo Cabret”), a top standard ticket price of $150 and even an out-of-town tryout in Iowa.

On Monday, Chicago’s premiere ballet company announced that the British set and costume designer Julian Crouch (“The Addams Family,” “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”), the acclaimed puppeteer Basil Twist (who worked on the film “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”), the Broadway lighting designer Natasha Katz (who is working on the upcoming “Frozen” stage musical) and the Broadway projection designer Ben Pearcy all will be joining the creative team for Wheeldon’s bowing production, set to play 27 performances at the Auditorium Theatre in downtown Chicago from Dec. 10 through Dec. 30 of this year.

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Chicago Tribue