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Streaming the Intoxicatingly Mixed Nutcracker Rouge Weekly

Streaming the Intoxicatingly Mixed Nutcracker Rouge Weekly

If you are in the need of some sexy uplifting of your holiday spirits, and I mean the kind that come in a bottle or fancy cocktail glass, shaken, or stirred by a scantily clad barkeep (and really, who doesn’t these days), Company XIV might just have the ticket for you. It’s not just in the guise of one boozy night, but a weekly streamed sip of lusciousness with a chaser of delectable eye candied adventure, delivered direct to your door in the form of a curated cocktail kit, matched with some filmed risque interludes for your holiday pleasure. It’s well crafted taste of Burlesque with matching cocktails, all designed with a wink and a sexy grin to bring the holiday party into your living room every week. 

Nicholas Katen, Nolan McKew / Lady Licorice served for Nutcracker Rouge. Photo by Alexander Sargent.

Fans of Company XIV will rejoice with the high and low-brow concoction that blends Cirque-sensuality with divine decadence and a dash of edible glitter. Conceived, choreographed and directed by Austin McCormick, these deliciously intoxicating slices of reimagined naughty ballets and twisted adult fairy tales that make up the entertaining Nutcracker Rouge Cocktails & Burlesque at Home deliver the goods impeccably. Finding their way into your home every week, the snippets will most determinedly shake up your evening with a delightful stir and a sexy pout by an enticingly clad bartender and an diabolically crafted act that will surely curl your toes with pleasure, both from the delicious visuals and the enlivened taste buds.

When plans for the 10th anniversary production of Nutcracker Rouge were sidelined by the pandemic, the company set their eyes and lips on a way to bring their brand of holiday pleasure to the isolated and reluctantly homebound. With a high level of achievement, they found a way to record eight brand new acts at Théâtre XIV, their current home in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and quite ingeniously aligned them with a signature cocktail that would delight all of our senses in one quick gulp. The first of these acts, featuring resident opera-singing aerialist, Marcy “Operagaga” Richardson, premiered on Thanksgiving Day (November 26), with subsequent acts featuring circus, singing and sultry burlesque being released weekly up through New Year’s Eve (December 31). Get ready for some deliciousness served up on the rocks.

Marcy Richardson / Candied Violet served for Nutcracker Rouge. Photo by Alexander Sargent.

The talented cast, including Erin Dillon, Jourdan Epstein, Christine Flores, Nicholas Katen, LEXXE, Lilin, Troy Lingelbach, Pretty Lamé, Brandon Looney, Laszlo Major, Nolan McKew, Jacoby Pruitt, Demi Remick, Marcy Richardson, Scott Schneider, Chanel Stone, Hannah Straney, Sam Urdang and Marcos Antonio Vasquez, delivers their signature spins with aplomb. I have only had the extreme pleasure of ingesting the first two, and from what I saw, I am gathering, the creative team, that includes Tobin Del Cuore, IMAGINATION + MUSCLE (Video Co-Director & Video Editor), Zane Pihlstrom (Costume & Scenic Design), Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew (Lighting Design) and Sarah Cimino (Makeup Design). Mixology by Austin McCormick, have hand delivered these intoxicating precise wonders as deliciously as the cocktails that line up before the acts. Paired to perfection, I just wanna have each and every one, and that goes for the yummy sounding cocktails as well. 

Bartender: Jacoby Pruitt, Cocktail: Red Velvet served for Nutcracker Rouge. Photo by Alexander Sargent.

McCormick, Founder and Artistic Director of Company XIV, has curated an ultra-luxe cocktail kit to accompany each and every performance, shipped directly to their eager patrons at home. The kit includes bespoke cocktail recipes, gold-plated barware, a collection of garnishes and bitters, and 24 premium spirits, liqueurs, champagne and wine. Sensual cocktail lessons taught by the beauties of XIV will be released alongside each act. Company XIV has also launched an online gift shoppe featuring lace masks, pasties, riding crops and frankincense incense–the signature scent of Théâtre XIV. How can one resist the temptation?

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Lilin, LEXXE / Red Velvet served for Nutcracker Rouge. Photo by Alexander Sargent.

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My love for theater started when I first got involved in high school plays and children's theatre in London, Ontario, which led me—much to my mother’s chagrin—to study set design, directing, and arts administration at York University in Toronto. But rather than pursuing theater as a career (I did produce and design a wee bit), I became a self-proclaimed theater junkie and life-long supporter. I am not a writer by trade, but I hope to share my views and feelings about this amazing experience we are so lucky to be able to see here in NYC, and in my many trips to London, Enlgand, Chicago, Toronto, Washington, and beyond. Living in London, England from 1985 to 1986, NYC since 1994, and on my numerous theatrical obsessive trips to England, I've seen as much theater as I can possibly afford. I love seeing plays. I love seeing musicals. If I had to choose between a song or a dance, I'd always pick the song. Dance—especially ballet—is pretty and all, but it doesn’t excite me as, say, Sondheim lyrics. But that being said, the dancing in West Side Story is incredible! As it seems you all love a good list, here's two. FAVORITE MUSICALS (in no particular order): Sweeney Todd with Patti Lupone and Michael Cerveris in 2005. By far, my most favorite theatrical experience to date. Sunday in the Park with George with Jenna Russell (who made me sob hysterically each and every one of the three times I saw that production in England and here in NYC) in 2008 Spring Awakening with Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele in 2007 Hedwig and the Angry Inch (both off-Boadway in 1998 and on Broadway in 2014, with Neal Patrick Harris, but also with Michael C. Hall and John Cameron Mitchell, my first Hedwig and my far), Next To Normal with Alice Ripley (who I wish I had seen in Side Show) in 2009 FAVORITE PLAYS (that’s more difficult—there have been so many and they are all so different): Angels in American, both on Broadway and off Lettice and Lovage with Dame Maggie Smith and Margaret Tyzack in 1987 Who's Afraid of Virginai Woolf with Tracy Letts and Amy Morton in 2012 Almost everything by Alan Ayckbourn, but especially Woman in Mind with Julia McKenzie in 1986 And to round out the five, maybe Proof with Mary Louise Parker in 2000. But ask me on a different day, and I might give you a different list. These are only ten theatre moments that I will remember for years to come, until I don’t have a memory anymore. There are many more that I didn't or couldn't remember, and I hope a tremendous number more to come. Thanks for reading. And remember: read, like, share, retweet, enjoy. For more go to

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