Untraditional Nutcrackers

(Above photo by PxHere)

How do you like your Nutcracker ballet? Wholesome and cuddly, with kids? Or risqué and risky, no kids allowed?

Let’s get wholesome and cuddly out of the way first.

Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker, debuting this Friday, November 27, on Netflix, is an 80-minute documentary about the making of Debbie Allen’s The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker. Until the pandemic, live stage productions of The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker were presented annually for 10 years in Los Angeles.

On to risqué.

Nutcracker Rouge consists of eight weekly Thursday releases (from Thanksgiving Day to New Year’s Eve) featuring burlesque-type acts. Until the pandemic, live stage productions of Nutcracker Rouge were presented annually for nine years in Brooklyn.

To stream Nutcracker Rouge, you’ll need to purchase an eight-week show package, which will start this Thursday with one featuring “Operagaga,” an opera-singing aerialist. Prices begin at $150, for which you also receive weekly step-by-step sexy video lessons for cocktail recipes. For $350, a gold-plated barware set is added. For $1,600, they’ll throw in a garnishes and bitters collection, and 24 bottles of spirits, liqueurs and wines.

All Nutcracker Rouge performances were filmed recently, but rest assured: an ultraviolet “scrubber” was deployed at the theater, plus other precautionary measures against Covid-19.

Nutcracker Rouge, Sugar Plum Fairy, Christine Flores, photo by Alexander Sargent
(‘The ‘Nutcracker Rouge’ Sugar Plum Fairy, played by Christine Flores. Photo by Alexander Sargent)

For more info or to order, visit companyxiv.com/nutcracker-rouge.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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