Nutcracker Rouge: A Sensuous Holiday Spectacle Opens in Brooklyn

Recently, Company XIV unveiled “Nutcracker Rouge,” a unique, adults-only rendition of the classic holiday ballet. Hosted by TONY Award® winner J. Harrison Ghee, the show’s opening at Théâtre XIV in Brooklyn drew a glamorous crowd, including notable figures like Peppermint, Jared Dixon, and Julie Benko.

Celebrating its 13th anniversary with a limited engagement, “Nutcracker Rouge” promises a night filled with tantalizing performances and extravagant flair. This innovative take on the traditional ballet features a blend of circus arts, captivating vocals, burlesque, and baroque extravagance, redefining the familiar narrative with a daring and sensuous twist.

Hailed as “exquisite” by The New York Times and “the perfect hot date” by TimeOut NY, “Nutcracker Rouge” is a bold holiday homage, offering a grown-up night out unlike any other. The show brings together a talented cast, including Storm Marrero and Brandon Looney as Drosselmeyer, Megumi “Meg” Iwama and Ellen Akashi as Marie-Claire, and many others, in a performance that melds classical training with a burlesque edge.

The creative vision behind this unique production is spearheaded by Austin McCormick, serving as creator, director, and choreographer. Alongside a talented creative team, McCormick has crafted a holiday sensation that continues to captivate audiences. “We’re thrilled to welcome back Storm Marrero in her new role of Drosselmeyer and to introduce several new acts this season,” says McCormick.

Set in the eclectic Théâtre XIV in Brooklyn’s trendy Bushwick neighborhood, the venue itself contributes to the immersive experience, with classically trained performers doubling as hosts and bartenders, serving immersive cocktails and treats in a speakeasy-style bar.

“Nutcracker Rouge” is more than just a show; it’s an experience, combining high artistry with a provocative twist, making it a must-see this holiday season. For those seeking a distinctive and exhilarating night out, “Nutcracker Rouge” at Théâtre XIV promises an unforgettable experience.

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