PHOTO CALL: Company XIV's Sexy Burlesque Nutcracker Rouge Opens Off-Broadway

By Krissie Fullerton
16 Dec 2013

Company XIV and The Saint At Large's presentation of the New York Premiere of Nutcracker Rouge, conceived, directed and choreographed by Austin McCormick, with a script adapted and written by Jeff Takac, opened Off-Broadway on Dec. 4 at the Minetta Lane Theatre.

Nutcracker Rouge is "a sparkling reimagining of the beloved Nutcracker tale told with erotic, sensual and opulent flair. From the celebrated director/choreographer Austin McCormick comes a Baroque-Burlesque confection of theatre, dance, circus and sumptuous design. Immerse yourself in a hedonistic display of gorgeous and decadent winter entertainment that includes opera performed by Shelly Watson, text inspired by E.T.A. Hoffman’s 'The Nutcracker' and 19th century poetry."

Here's a look at opening night:

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The cast of Nutcracker Rouge
Photo by Jeff Eason

The cast includes Laura Careless as Marie-Claire, Jeff Takacs as Monsieur Drosselmeyer, Shelly Watson as Madame Drosselmeyer, circus artists Cassady Rose Bonjo, Courtney Giannone and Nicolas Maffey, and dancers Marisol Cabrera, Katrina Cunningham, Molly Griffin, Alexander Hille, Jakob Karr, Nicholas Katen, Kana Kimura, Tyler Phillips, Davon Rainey and Allison Ulrich.

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