The show runs Off-Broadway through to Jan. 5 in a limited 6-week engagement 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." The cast includes Laura Careless as Marie-Claire, Jeff Takacs as Monsieur Drosselmeyer, Shelly Watson as Madame Drosselmeyer, circus artists Rose Bonjo, Courtney Giannone, Nicolas Maffey and Benn Mendoza, and dancers Marisol Cabrera, Katrina Cunningham, Molly Griffin, Jakob Karr, Nicholas Katen, Kana Kimura, Tyler Philips, Davon Rainey and Alison Ulrich.
The creative team includes Zane Pihlstrom (Set and Costume Design), Jeanette Yew (Lighting Design), Austin McCormick (Sound Design), John Starmer and Michael Givey (Technical Directors) and Nataliya Vasilyeva (Production Stage Manager). Company XIV is sponsored by MAC Cosmetics.