Nutcracker Rouge
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Nutcracker Rouge

Nutcracker Rouge NYC Reviews and Tickets

(678 Ratings)
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Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Raunchy, Absorbing

About the Show

A modern riff on the classic holiday tale that's a hedonistic fusion of nightlife and theatre. 

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Show-Score Member Reviews (313)

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166 Reviews | 9 Followers
Exciting, Raunchy, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy burlesque, strip, etc, incredible costuming, performers, venue, ambiance- everything about this works magically and beautifully

Don't see it if you're easily offended, you're looking for anything traditional ballet or dance, don't like a strip-tease, you are sexist and/or homophobic

109 Reviews | 45 Followers
Ballanchine meets bennie hill, F'ing genius, Masterful, Hilarious, Exquisite

See it if you want to witness next-level revolutionary theater in the guise of a naughty rowdy cabaret . . .

Don't see it if the human body frightens you . . . Read more

55 Reviews | 16 Followers
Edgy, Raunchy, Must see, Great singing, Exquisite

See it if You enjoy physical beauty along with exquisite singing. Beautiful buns shown off in every costume. Opera, hard rock, talented aerialists!

Don't see it if You mind seeing men in heels.

254 Reviews | 86 Followers
Nuttiness abounds

See it if You like circus, cabaret and a general controlled chaos environment.

Don't see it if You hate elaborate, expensive spectacles and want a meat and potatoes play or musical. Read more

91 Reviews | 8 Followers
Romantic, Intelligent, Exquisite

See it if You want a classy/naughty night out

Don't see it if You are a prude or do not enjoy burlesque

169 Reviews | 72 Followers
Thought-provoking, Edgy, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You like a night filled with aerial, ballet, exotic dancers, singers with sultry voices, eye catching elaborate costumes,simply amazing show

Don't see it if If nudity bothers you, sexy theme plays not your thing, role play (kudos to men in high heels) does not interest you

140 Reviews | 39 Followers
Quirky, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Raunchy

See it if you want to see a raunchy variety show full of talent and wonder, or like vignettes strewn together to tell a VERY loose story.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy (near) nudity, circus stunts, or want original music. Avoid if you have breathing problems or sensory issues. Read more

66 Reviews | 13 Followers
Magical, Elegant, Novel, Edgy, Enchanting

See it if you enjoy outrageously fantastic performances of singing, dancing, opera, and aerials within a Nutcracker theme!

Don't see it if you are a prude.

Critic Reviews (27)

New York Theatre Guide
December 5th, 2023

“It's impossible not to eat up the craft and strength on display for ‘Nutcracker Rouge's’ two hours. Nevermind that striptease is part of all the acts; you wouldn't be able to take your eyes off the cast's flawless execution of Company XIV founder Austin McCormick's routines, from ballet to acrobatics to aerialism and more, even without it.”
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The New York Times
December 5th, 2013
For a previous production

"If the plain old 'Nutcracker' causes you to zone out, this one will surely wake you up...The show looks at times like an adults-only Cirque du Soleil extravaganza, with trapeze acts and other athletic displays...But Mr. McCormick has much grander ambitions than a 'Nutcracker' under the big top or a bawdy parody. The cast is full of classically trained dancers, and when he turns them loose, the result can be dazzling."
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Time Out New York
December 2nd, 2015
For a previous production

"Austin McCormick and his risqué neo-Baroque dance theater Company XIV present a lavish erotic reimagining of the classic holiday tale, complete with circus performers, operatic singers and partial nudity. Definitely leave the kids at home: The word nutcracker has customarily conjured innocent wonder; now be ready to add glitter pasties, stripper poles and comically large stuffed penises to the, shall we say, toys to expect in wonderland."
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Time Out New York
January 3rd, 2014
For a previous production

"A lavish erotic reimagining of a classic holiday tale...'Nutcracker Rouge' is the perfect hot date: a rated-R riff on the tale...These delectable divas and the rest make for a savory mix of sweet, spicy and salty. For a winter treat that will get you in the mood but not cloy the palate, 'Nutcracker Rouge' does the trick."
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December 4th, 2013
For a previous production

"This show has everything: Vivaldi, circus performance, S&M, The French Revolution. These are all compelling elements on their own, but can too many good things in one show turn bad? Rather than wowing me with delicious stage spectacle, 'Nutcracker Rouge' gave me a theatrical tummy ache with its unfocused pastiche. It isn't sexy. The secret to happy indulgence really is moderation. The secret to good burlesque? Restraint."
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December 8th, 2015
For a previous production

"Although eroticism flavors every aspect of his creations the textures and levels of excitement, romance and humor he achieves through dance, burlesque, gymnastics, non-traditional storytelling and an eclectic mix of classical and contemporary music is unmatched in terms of elegance and sophistication...Sometimes a little kinky, often hedonistic, it is, above all, quite tasteful and beautiful. An enchanting evening of adult fun."
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December 4th, 2015
For a previous production

"Company creator Austin McCormick is the visionary who conceived this event. Mr. McCormick’s wild choreography and his energetic direction make for an enthralling spectacle of numerous Baroque hijinks celebrating sensuality…The good-natured eroticism of 'Nutcracker Rouge' is showcased in this playfully decadent presentation that’s terrific adult merriment during the holiday season."
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Theatre is Easy
December 15th, 2013
For a previous production

"You need to go see Company XIV’s 'Nutcracker Rogue' (unless you’re bringing children or you’re a prude). The highly designed, ingeniously staged, and endlessly entertaining reimagining of 'The Nutcracker' is decadent, debaucherous, and delicious...This is an incredible show by an incomparable company, stunning to look at, gorgeous to watch, and unfailingly entertaining."
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