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Nutcracker Rouge

Right in time for the holiday season, Nutcracker Rouge, a Burlesque take on the original Nutcracker tale, returns to a new address in Bushwick for a limited 7 week engagement! Music, dance, fashion, mirth, holiday season joy, and some plain old good time awaits you!

Why Watch Nutcracker Rouge

Nutcracker Rouge is a delightful reimagining of the beloved Nutcracker tale topped with a sensual and opulent flair that will warm your soul this winter season. This Off-Broadway production is a Burlesque confection of music, circus, dance and sumptuous design. Prepare to lose yourself in the pleasurable display of gorgeous and decadent winter entertainment, including a thrilling opera performed by Shelly Watson.

The Story

To put it in simple words, Nutcracker Rouge is a version of Tchaikovsky that Tchaikovsky might have just loved if he were visiting Manhattan in the early 21st century. Modern, erotic, and full of verve, this is one reimagining of a classic you don’t want to miss.

Good for

Offbeat crowd | 16+ only | Dance fans

Critics Reviews

“The show looks at times like an adults-only Cirque du Soleil extravaganza, with trapeze acts and other athletic displays. Early on, Courtney Giannone delivers a gravity-defying routine using a big hoop with showstopping panache. The cast is full of classically trained dancers, and when he turns them loose, the result can be dazzling.”

– The New York Times

“McCormick, with dance captain Allison Ulrich, creates a scrumptious mélange of graceful and provocative dance numbers, with moves inspired by the likes of Balanchine and Fosse. Zane Pihlstrom’s confectionary costumes — from licorice-like leather that hides very little, to bouncy cotton-candy gowns — all look good enough to lick.”
– Theater Mania

Show Details

Show Timings

Thurs & Fri 8:00 PM
Sat & Sun 5:00 PM &

9:00 PM

2 hours 30 minutes

Leading Roles
Shelly Watson
Nicole Von Arx
Ross Katen
Laura Careless
Brett Umlauf

Directed by
Austin McCormick

Technical Director
John Starmer

Set & Costume Design by
Zane Pihlstrom

Know Before You Go

Suitable for adult audience members.

Available Facilities
In-house bar
Coat check

The theater has a seating capacity of 200.

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in the Theater District.

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

Cancellation policy

These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.


182 reviews
Henrietta Briggs



Jan, 2018

We booked out tickets via the website for this musical. The new Nutcracker Rouge has a unique cabaret-style, nightclub atmosphere to it. It turned out to be surprisingly fun!
Thomas Hill



Jan, 2018

A twist to the older verion, with an array of incredible talent, acrobatics and a baroque style perspective to an otherwise familiar story we've grown up watching.
Evelyn Raley



Dec, 2017

Burlesque aside, The Nutcracker Rouge is still a performance full of music, dance and glitter that recreates theatrical magic like never before. Absolutely enchanting, RUN, don't walk to see it!
Fred Canady



Dec, 2017

While I did have an idea of how kinky the show gets, it was shockingly raunchy and violent during certain parts and it got us a little uncomfortable. Otherwise a fresh, pop-colored performance that was presented with grace.
Peggy Reyes



Dec, 2017

Much to our surprise, there was not a single boring moment during The Nutcracker Rouge. The stage was full of elegant, talented people who dance exquisitely. Keep in mind the show is not suitable for children at all!

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