Brooklyn | 1h 35m | Already closed

Nutcracker Rouge

From 26 critic and 174 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Enchanting, Raunchy, Delightful, Great staging

About the show

Company XIV brings back its modern riff on the classic holiday tale that's a hedonistic fusion of nightlife and theater. More…

This sexy reimagining of 'The Nutcracker' is infused with elements of opera, circus, vaudeville, and burlesque, and is told with erotic, sensual, and opulent flair. The wide-eyed heroine is now an adult named Marie Claire, and the world she discovers is a wintry realm of half-naked dancers and acrobats, gyrating and performing physical stunts that send her into a state of ecstasy.

1h 35m | Already closed | Theatre XIV (Brooklyn)

The Huffington Post

for a previous production "It's a deliciously decadent, sumptuously erotic tale, which retains Tchaikovsky's soaring music, but adds several pop tunes, accompanied by Austin McCormick's glorious choreography. There are several scenes so exquisite it will bring tears to your eyes…The dance ensemble is as eye-popping for their physiques as their talent...The company and direction astound. And the climax will take your breath away. There is one essential on any holiday list: a trip to 'Nutcracker Rouge.'" Full Review

Perez Hilton

for a previous production "'The Nutcracker Rouge" is a true delight of the senses! Mainly centered around dance it also seamlessly and quite effectively incorporates acrobatics, comedy, song and more!" Full Review

New York Theatre Review

for a previous production "'Nutcracker Rouge' is a work of fine art rooted equally in theatrical tradition and iconoclasm. The melange of theatrical styles, all framed with the burlesque sensibility, gives a mature glance to all facets of sexuality...Performance highlights make themselves endlessly present, outshining any possible cracks in the facade with a magician’s sleight of hand." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

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." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

for a previous production "This sexy reinvention of the classic Nutcracker will spice up your holiday season with its fusion of baroque, ballet, aerial dance and burlesque set to pop music...This is a highly entertaining version bound to please every person who walks in the door. You won't be disappointed whether you love live music, raucous dancing, sensual acting, glitter, and eye candy of every sort." Full Review

Stage Buddy

for a previous production "Hailed all over New York as a holiday wonder, 'Nutcracker Rouge' truly lives up to its reputation. Part circus, part dance, and part opera Austin McCormick’s creation brings together all corners of the theatrical world into one voluminous, sexy, opulent, and overall spectacular evening...Mr. McCormick’s brainchild is at once dramatic, technical, hilarious, and kinky, and all aspects of 'Nutcracker Rouge' are enormously successful." Full Review


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." Full Review


for a previous production "Brassy, irreverent, naughty, whimsical, and delightfully creative...From terrific singer Shelly Watson‘s grandiose take on Madame Drosselmeyer right down to the dedicated ensemble members who bare more than their unique talents, it’s a fantastical feast for the eyes...This is one unified troupe of gifted players that demand you sit up and pay attention. Take your cue from them and enjoy this holiday spectacle while you can still grab a ringside seat." Full Review

Theater Life

for a previous production "'Nutcracker Rouge' is a sparkling reimagining of the beloved Nutcracker tale told with erotic, sensual and opulent flair. Award-winning director/choreographer Austin McCormick creates a baroque-burlesque confection of theatre, dance, music, circus, opera, fashion and sumptuous design as you immerse yourself in a hedonistic display of gorgeous and decadent winter entertainment. Nutcracker Rouge is a thrillingly unique fusion of nightlife and theatre." Full Review

Stage Buddy

for a previous production "Fun, dark, mysterious, and full of skin-tingling, breath-taking, and eye-catching acts... So many luscious moments exist within this production. Audience members stare, mouths agape and eyes wide, at its riches -- much like our protagonist, Marie Claire, as she enters the Kingdom of Sweets where sensuality and sexuality are explored and celebrated." Full Review


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." Full Review

Times Square Chronicles

for a previous production "Until the orgy with a giant stuffed phallus the show stays sensual and carnal and less lascivious and vulgar. At times it borders on the S&M, '50 Shades of Grey' side, where anything goes...XIV takes burlesque and showcases it as one hell or heavenly sexual entertainment where talent is exhibited with a flourish." Full Review

Woman Around Town

for a previous production "Austin McCormick’s rollicking, risqué interpretation of 'The Nutcracker' is smart, fun, metaphoric, and marvelous to look at...All is unequivocally entertaining, well performed, and often a hoot...Perfectly concocted for limited attention spans, the piece moves from one scene to another with an audacious shrug. Thespians are in the moment, each and every one with an appropriate expression." Full Review

Theater In The Now

for a previous production "The production is a stunning spectacle. 'Nutcracker Rouge' is an aesthetic wonderland of color and splendor...If you’re looking for something that will put you in the festive spirit 'Nutcracker Rouge' is definitely for you. Even if a sexy night at the theater is not your cup of tea, you’ll still have your sweet tooth satisfied." Full Review


for a previous production "It’s a glorious blast of beautiful adult fun...The technical achievements in three dimensions are of a very high caliber, without being ostentatious...For dance aficionados, lovers of the comfortably outlandish, and anyone who appreciates spectacular creativity!" Full Review

Time Out New York

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." Full Review

The New York Times

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." Full Review

Time Out New York

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." Full Review


for a previous production "This bare, beautiful cast do their best in this retooling of the Nutcracker story filled with erotic dance, sexy acrobatics and music. 'Nutcracker Rouge' is playful and beautifully performed. It is a perfect alternative to the routine family entertainments. And, let’s face it, it’s always nice to gaze at beautiful, talented people." Full Review

New York Theatre Review

for a previous production "The piece as a whole is stronger in Act II and my suspicion is that’s due in part to the fact that 'Nutcracker Rouge' relies more heavily on its source material and the music of Tchaikovsky in its latter half. With so many sources of inspiration- the narrative of the classic ballet tale grounds the show preventing it from spinning off its axis into a Lady Gaga-Louis XIV-gender-bending-burlesque flavored fever dream." Full Review

Brightest Young Things

for a previous production "The erotic numbers soared while the Baroque-inspired pieces did not...Come for the performances—from Cirque-like dance to Lana Del Rey-like singing—and stay for the libations served before, during, and after the show. And good news: the show was just extended. And where better to spend one of those romantic dates you promised yourself you’d have in 2015?" Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

for a previous production "Fans of both holiday festivities and burlesque will surely be delighted...Despite a few lulls and some banality, the evening is mostly a delightful fantasy romp...Whatever was lacking in writing, the actors and Serena Miller’s wonderful musical arrangements more than made up." Full Review

Edge New York

for a previous production "It’s a sexy, silly, thrilling and very, very enjoyable mash-up of baroque, ballet and burlesque, pas de deus and pole dancing. Above all, it’s entertaining...The tiniest smidgeon of context would have transformed the wonderful performances into something greater than themselves...If all of this sounds like too much, it is. But then again, so is the 'Nutcracker.'" Full Review

Bob's Theater Blog

for a previous production "It could just as easily be 3 C’s — circus, cabaret and camp. It does not earn a fourth C for coherence...The attempt to graft some of the excellent acrobatic routines onto the Nutcracker story are strained, to to put it mildly. The 14 scantily-clad cast members are talented performers who provide lots of eye candy... Both men and women wear high-heeled pointy baroque shoes — and often very little else. Strangely, the show is not very sexy." Full Review

Stage and Cinema

for a previous production "If we have nothing to absorb us emotionally, no compelling story to hold our attention, our minds wander, picking at flaws here and there–flaws which in a moving show might well have been overlooked. This is the case with the visually beautiful but unsatisfying 'Nutcracker Rogue,' a dark, sexual burlesque reimagining of 'The Nutcracker.' Full Review

Enchanting, Exquisite, Dizzying, Riveting, Gorgeous

See it if you're looking for a lush, sexy, and unconventional way to get into the holiday spirit.

Don't see it if nudity makes you uncomfortable or you're a Tchaikovsky purist.

Quirky, Raunchy, Great staging, Exquisite, Entertaining

See it if This is a very sexy perspective on the Nutcracker presented by some of the most talented acrobats and dancers in New York City.

Don't see it if If you uncomfortable with skimpy costumes and raunchy dancing and acrobatics.

Enchanting, Exquisite, Edgy, Clever

See it if You enjoy Christmas, the Nutcracker, dancing/aerial performances, amazing costumes & perfect butts.

Don't see it if You're a prude, you're a purist when it comes to The Nutcracker.

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.

Clever, Delightful, Great staging, Edgy, Sexy

See it if you like adult (but not adulterated) version of the xmas classic as it adds funny, sexy, circulesque & burlesque w/ fine singing & dancing !

Don't see it if you are expecting the classic version as it is highly modifed to just get inspiration from the orig -& could be confusing in terms of plot.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Must see, Refreshing

See it if Absolutely loved this show. From the staging to the costumes, to the performers themselves. Absolutely exquisite. Well done to all involved!

Don't see it if If you are a little bit prudish, offended my profanity or sex. Dont like a bit of flesh. or are looking for something more serious.

Enchanting, Raunchy, Clever, Creative, Sexy

See it if you want to see a very adult interpretation of The Nutcracker performed by wonderful dancers and singers... all while scantily clad.

Don't see it if you're a purist or a prude.

Clever, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy great singing, aerial acrobatics and beautiful bodies

Don't see it if You are easily offended by nudity or a little raunchiness

Entertaining, Edgy, Great singing, Raunchy, Very talented cast

See it if you want to see great singing, dancing, and acrobatics in scantily clad clothing; like sensual performances

Don't see it if you do not want to see partial nudity, or if you need a storyline in every act

Also The entire cast was very impressive, especially one of the male singer... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if If you like burlesque and want to see a more adult version of the Nutcraker. Both main singers had beautiful and powerful voices.

Don't see it if If you are a prood. Not for uptight eyes.

Also This company always puts together entertaining show. I have seen three... Read more Read less

Delightful, Funny, Entertaining, Raunchy, Exquisite

See it if you want to watch beautiful people doing amazing things with their bodies, you enjoy spectacle, you have a sense of humor

Don't see it if you're lame, you hate people who have muscles and no body fat, you're scared of sexiness

Also I've been to Company XIV's new venue twice now, and it continues to as... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Delightful, Edgy, Great singing

See it if You like tasteful burlesque shows. The sining, voices and bodies were incredible. The dancing was mesmerizing, highly recommended.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with partial nudity or burlesque style shows.

Delightful, Entertaining, Raunchy, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy burlesque, variety shows, beautiful, athletic dancers.

Don't see it if You’re uncomfortable with nudity or sexual stuff onstage.

Also It’s really an enjoyable night, I would recommend this to almost every... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Raunchy

See it if Gorgeous singing and dancing. Wonderful performers. I was swept away by the artistry, acrobatics, and costuming.

Don't see it if Your reaction to the idea of a burlesque show with two intermissions will largely inform whether you'll like this or not.

Ambitious, Enchanting, Edgy, Entertaining, Erotic

See it if you like Cirque du Soleil, avant garde theatre, risque performances, burlesque

Don't see it if you don't care for burlesque, Cirque du Soleil, simulated sex acts. You are expecting a somewhat faithful adaptation of the Nutcracker

Also I love anything Company XIV does, really. Nutcracker Rouge is a beauti... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging, Must see, Entertaining

See it if Very sexy and professional, fun to watch

Don't see it if Too long thou

Enchanting, Entertaining, Dizzying, Great staging

See it if You are looking for something different. You like dance and acrobatics. You don't mind a little partial nudity.

Don't see it if You're not into lingerie.

Ambitious, Exquisite, Great singing

See it if you want to enjoy a dazzling spectacle inspired by The Nutcracker but with elements of burlesque, ballet, opera, rock, acrobatics & more.

Don't see it if you are bothered by near nudity, profanity, or allusions to sex. Skip if you are looking for a traditional staging of The Nutcracker.

Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if you would enjoy an adult take loosely based on the classic Nutcracker, with a versatile cast performing great acts, songs, and choreography.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with near nudity and off-color humor - as promised, you bore after a stellar first act then 2 acts that are very good.

Entertaining, Great singing, Dizzying, Risque, Delightful

See it if you’d enjoy a near-perfect blend of The Nutcracker and burlesque. The singers, dancers, and aerial artists entertain and amaze.

Don't see it if you’re uncomfortable with near-nudity, dislike sensuality, or shouldn’t be at a show where you are repeatedly encouraged to drink liberally.

Refreshing, Intense, Edgy, Great staging

See it if You’re a fan of cirque performances. The performances are beautiful and fun!

Don't see it if You’re looking for family friendly entertainment. This is definitely an adult show.

Also The run time listed is completely off. The show is listed as 1hr35min ... Read more Read less

Sexy, Great singing, Edgy, Great dancing, Uniquely creative

See it if You want to see a very fun, creative , artistic, quirky sexy show with singing, dancing, acrobatics and very creative costumes for adults.

Don't see it if You don’t like edgy entertainment or have an issue with burlesque type numbers and lots of flesh. Or you prefer standard entertainment.

Also Always a fun night - an entertaining highly creative show, cocktails, ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Exquisite, Great singing, Edgy, Masterful

See it if You are up for a show with burlesque and some classy attitude on stage. You are ok with watching nutcracker in a different view.Entertaining

Don't see it if You cannot handle nudity and kinky acts. Men and women with some great attitude on stage. A 3 hr show with 2 intermissions but time flies.

Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Raunchy

See it if you appreciate bodies onstage and you are able to find excitement in a more risqué take on a classic tale.

Don't see it if if you would like something a bit more conservative or conventional of the theme.

Great staging, Entertaining, Disappointing, Riveting, Enchanting

See it if You like burlesque shows performed on circus-like apparatuses done w/in an artsy skillful fashion

Don't see it if you're opposed to erotic semi nudity

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