Brooklyn | Opens Nov 09

Nutcracker Rouge

103 Members say: Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Raunchy, Great staging
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1h 35m | Opens Nov 09 | Theatre XIV (Brooklyn)

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.


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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

95
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

95
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

95
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

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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

95
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

90
TheaterScene.net

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

90
ZEALnyc

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

90
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

90
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

85
BroadwayWorld

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

85
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

85
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

85
BlogCritics.org

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

85
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

80
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

80
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

75
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

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TheaterScene.com

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

75
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

75
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

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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

70
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

60
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

60
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


100
During previews For a previous production
Edgy, Must see, Raunchy, Great singing

See it if like to listen to great voices, and watch a show that is very entertaining and engaging...

Don't see it if no reason not to see it!!

100
During previews For a previous production
Exquisite, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if if you love cabaret and modern ballet

Don't see it if if you get offended by nudity or you don't want to travel to Bushwick

100
During previews For a previous production
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Must see, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a spectacular holiday extravaganza! It is an incredible combo of camp, music, dance, talent, glitter, and theatrical Magic!

Don't see it if you have a problem with nudity. This is Burlesque, so it's Risqué. Otherwise, this show is utter perfection! RUN, don't walk to see it!

100
During previews For a previous production
Enchanting, Exquisite, Masterful, Must see, Romantic

See it if Boys & Girls ... I see a lot of theater. A lot. Nutcracker Rouge by Company XIV may be the finest show I have ever seen in NY! Perfection!

Don't see it if You'd be an absolute fool not to see this out of this world staging! Their finest production to date! I cried 5 times due to beauty alone!

100
During previews For a previous production
Edgy, Enchanting, Masterful, Must see, Great staging

See it if you love an edgy theatrical experience. This is not just for people that love dancing it is for NYC!

Don't see it if you want to see your grandmother's Nut-cracker! And its in Brooklyn this year.

100
During previews For a previous production
Clever, Masterful, Must see, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if Every production with Company XIV is genius. I'm a huge fan and will see everything they do forever. This production is top notch!!!

Don't see it if You don't like dance.

100
During previews For a previous production
Original, Clever, Edgy, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see "The Nutcracker" in a totally different light!

Don't see it if you don't like partial nudity

100
During previews For a previous production
Original, Enchanting, Masterful, Must see, Great staging

See it if You love seeing performers mix old & new styles to create heaven. A mix of burlesque, ballet, opera. Most talented performers I've ever seen

Don't see it if You're easily offended by sexuality displayed on stage. Or scantily clad beautiful men and women. In pasties. And heels.

100
During previews For a previous production
Ambitious, Edgy, Enchanting, Exquisite, Romantic

See it if you want to be mesmerized by barouche burlesque. It's FANTASTIC, romantic, charming and will make you want to fall deeply in love.

Don't see it if you're under 21 or afraid of a little risqué stage work

100
During previews For a previous production
Absorbing, Ambitious, Enchanting, Must see, Great staging

See it if you want a edgier take on the Nutcracker.

Don't see it if you are easily offended and/or close minded.

98
During previews For a previous production
Funny, Delightful, Raunchy, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You want to be transported to a land of sex, glitter, entrancing costumes and performances. The most fun I've had in months. Incred talent

Don't see it if You are offended by nudity.

98
During previews For a previous production
Beautiful, Great singing, Great staging, Great dancing, Sensuous

See it if you love beautiful people dancing exquisitely. Best edition of Nutcracker Rouge to date. They fill the wide stage astonishingly with joy.

Don't see it if you expect a play or a traditional Nutcracker. Although this is all dance using music and ideas from the Nutcracker it is not for children

96
During previews For a previous production
Edgy, Exquisite, Must see, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if you’ll celebrate the libertine in you!

Don't see it if you’re looking for something wholesome to take your religious grandmother to

Also Enjoyably excessive in every way! If you only see one really naughty s... Read more Read less

96
During previews For a previous production
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Exquisite, Must see

See it if You love sex appeal, glitter, and arialists with your Christmas stories.

Don't see it if You're looking for a classic retelling of the nutcraker.

95
During previews For a previous production
Delightful, Exquisite, Must see, Raunchy, Great singing

See it if you love Burlesque, a sexy update of THE NUTCRACKER. Brilliant, provocative, and one of the best versions of Rouge. Indulge your sensuality

Don't see it if don't like drag or over the top sexuality. A very naughty Cirque like show with plenty of bare bottoms and tantalizing apparel. Amazing!!!

95
During previews For a previous production
Absorbing, Delightful, Exquisite, Sexy, Whimsical

See it if you love ballet, opera, and acrobatics, and would love them all together and served up by an energetic troupe clad in sparkly g-strings.

Don't see it if you are offended by nudity, or are expecting a fairly faithful Nutcracker adaptation minus a few clothes (modern music is mixed in).

Also It may just be that I caught the high of the closing performance, but ... Read more Read less

95
During previews For a previous production
Clever, Enchanting, Raunchy, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if looking for a new twist on the off-Bway world that unites an array of incredible talent, baroque style and a new look at a familiar story

Don't see it if you are under the age of 16, you prefer a literal story line, or you are not open to new eccentric takes on a traditional storyline.

95
During previews For a previous production
Delightful, Enchanting, Raunchy, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy dancing, aerial arts, and a sexy good time.

Don't see it if you're expecting a children's show or a family friendly version of the Nutcracker.

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During previews For a previous production
Ambitious, Enchanting, Sexy

See it if A modern and sexy take on the Nutcracker. Almost naked, talented performers. Extreamly sexy and erotic acts in beautiful new theater.

Don't see it if You don’t like the L train. Lol. Sexy performers. Smoke.

91
During previews For a previous production
Absorbing, Clever, Quirky, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You like burlesque, opera and aerial work with costume changes

Don't see it if You abhor nudity and want a traditional musucal

91
During previews For a previous production
Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if If you love tap dancing. Want to know bio of James Cagney. Like live music on stage. Wonderful lyrics and staging. Choreography awesome

Don't see it if Looking for splashy musical with big acts. Not interested in dancing

Also I saw it with understudy who deserves a Tony. Hooray Freddie

90
During previews For a previous production
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Must see, Great singing

See it if you like burlesque, great shows and singing

Don't see it if you don't like burlesque

90
During previews For a previous production
Ambitious, Raunchy, Great singing, Great staging, Great dancing

See it if If you appreciate modern dance, sexuality and Bulesque.

Don't see it if If you’re not into shows that have a lot of sexuality or hate concept works.

Also What a wonderful production and modern update of a timeless classic. C... Read more Read less

90
During previews For a previous production
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You like the nutcracker in a contemporary athletic setting. Nice interpretation with Cirque charm. Well performed.

Don't see it if You are offended by risqué or some scantily clad performers. This is part of the ambience and very well done.

90
During previews For a previous production
Funny, Clever, Edgy, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if a burlesque show that incorporates Louis XIV era fashion, baroque aesthetics, and a loose interpretation of the Nutcracker piques interest.

Don't see it if you want a faithful adaptation of the Nutcracker, dislike bawdy humor, or are opposed to sexual fantasies being openly displayed.


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