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Journey Into The Carnal Side of Christmas With Nutcracker Rouge

Journey Into The Carnal Side of Christmas With Nutcracker Rouge

If you are looking for the hottest show in New York, look no further than Austin Mccormick’s Company XIV’s production of Nutcracker Rouge. If you have seen this naughty, but nice show before, think again because this is a new version. XIV blends dance in all formats, opera, pop, cirque de Soleil and burlesque into one tantalizing evening. Seduction is the teaser to a bawdy entertainment refined by talent, beauty and exceptional dancers whose bodies are works of art. Mccormick is the genius behind this glorious choreographed pleasure.

The action is breathtakingly close and thrillingly desirable.

The plot follows Marie Claire (The stunningly expressive Laura Careless), who is gifted a magical nutcracker to be sexually indoctrinated into choosing to fulfill her destiny as a ruling Sugar Plum Fairy. If you ever saw the porn musical versions of Alice in Wonderland or Cinderella, you will understand the journey. Shelly Watson, a Sharon McKnight doppelganger leads this tale of debauchery with a tongue and check approach. Her “Material Girl” blends with the classic Tchaikovsky making this a jukebox extravaganza in styles. This year we enter a sweet shop with all the sugary delights of season.

Along her way Marie is tempted and aroused by the Turkish Delights (Nicholas and Ross Katen and Brett Umlaif) who dance salaciously. Marcy Richardson bubbles upside down as she does a aerial routine over our heads, while singing opera. The Licorice Boys, the Candied Violets and the Candy Canes are all temptations not to be missed.

Until a new poodle number and the Can Can 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, or the 50 Shades of Grey side, where anything goes.

The final pas de deux with Marie and her prince (Steven Trumon Gray) was a physical beauty of athleticism, where wanton passion is set free.

Zane Pihlstrom’s costume and set design are lustful and decedent. Jeanette Yew’s lighting keeps things in a dreamy, titillating haze.

XIV takes burlesque and showcase it as one hell or heavenly sexual entertainment where talent is exhibited with a flourish.

Nutcracker Rouge: Minetta Lane Theatre, 18 Minetta Lane between MacDougal Street and 6th Avenue until Jan. 13th.


Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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