About This Event
Doors Open:7:00 PM
Show Time:8:00 PM
After the last six years’ sold-out runs, Nutcracker: Rated R returns to Le Poisson Rouge for four nights only!
Nutcracker: Rated R cracks open the heart of the classic children’s ballet to uncover drugs, sex, family secrets and all the other delights that make the Holidays so special. Little ballerina Clara is now a rebellious teen. Her disdain for her bourgeois family is challenged when her uncle Drosselmeyer takes her back in time to early 1980s New York. There, she discovers the seamy underground club scene and her family’s untold history. Echoes of the original Tchaikovsky score mix with contemporary, unexpected beats to complement a range of movement from ballet to breakdance and burlesque. Ms. Harriell’s interpretation is a dark, witty and satirical homage to (and cautionary tale about) the excesses of nightlife.
Nutcracker: Rated R debuted at Theater for the New City (Crystal Filed, Artistic Director), as part of TNC’s presenting program. It played at TNC for four holiday seasons, before moving to American Theatre of Actors in 2010. Last year, the show moved to Le Poisson Rouge, where it thrilled the standing-room-only crowds.
Critics and celebrities have raved about Nutcracker: Rated R for the past six years:
“Nutcracker was great, very impressive!” — Moby
“… roguishly flirtatious… [Blow Fairies] cannily sustained the idea of a cocaine-fest, with its characters going through the giddy ups and miserable downs of drug intake…” — Alistair Macaulay, The New York Times
“… it’s extraordinary. It’s a wonderful, theatrical accomplishment.” — F. Murray Abraham
“… hilariously kinky… distinctly twisted… holiday fare.” — Ruth La Ferla, The New York Times
“Naughty & nice” — Leigh Witchel, The New York Post
“It sure isn’t your New York City Ballet Nutcracker, but it’s a hell of a lot more fun… classic elegance peppered with contemporary grit.” — Kerri Allen, Backstage.com
“…the brilliant Angela Harriell…could be the next Susan Stroman.” — Richmond Shepard, Performing Arts INSIDER, totaltheater.com and lively-arts.com
“…there is pretty much no theatrical experience like The Love Show…Nutcracker Rated R was…an incredibly clever and at times poignant take on the classic ballet.” — Michael Roderick, BroadwayWorld.com
“Angela Harriell has created a unique and intriguing work that is at once an elegant homage to Tchaikovsky’s original, a sly send up of New York in the 1980s and today, and a showcase for her considerable talents as a choreographer and dramatist and her cast as dancers and actors.” — Byrne Harrison, Stagebuzz.com
Choreography by Angela Harriell
Story Reimagined by Angela Harriell & David F. Slone, Esq.
Rhythm Gymnastics by Katrin “Lucy” Hoffmann of the 1996 German Olympic Team
Music Remixed by David F. Slone, Esq.
Cast to be announced
VIP Table Seating- $30
Table Seating- $25
Standing Room- $20
TABLE SEATING POLICY
Table seating for all seated shows is reserved exclusively for ticket holders who purchase “Table Seating” tickets. By purchasing a “Table Seating” ticket you agree to also purchase a minimum of two food and/or beverage items per person. Table seating is first come, first seated. Please arrive early for the best choice of available seats. Seating begins when doors open. Tables are communal so you may be seated with other patrons. We do not take table reservations.
A standing room area is available by the bar for all guests who purchase “Standing Room” tickets. Food and beverage can be purchased at the bar but there is no minimum purchase required in this area.
All tickets sales are final. No refund or credits.
Angela Harriell is the director and choreographer of the popular Nutcracker: Rated R, as well as the founder and choreographer of the cabaret dance troupe, The Love Show. Her choreography has been called witty, moving, unique and theatrical, with narratives that are simultaneously autobiographical and universal. A graduate of Fredonia University, where she received The Graduate Scholarship for ballet, she has worked with Elisa Monte and David Brown dance, Randy James Danceworks, and taught ballet at Binghamton University. Angela’s work has been seen at The Flea Theater, HERE theater, The New York Burlesque Festival, The New York Fringe Festival, White Wave Dance Festival, The Philly Fringe Festival’s Late Night Cabaret, House of Yes (earning her a New York Innovative Theatre Awards Outstanding Choreography nomination), and different nightclubs throughout New York. She has set original works for Jerboa Dance of Seattle as well as Key West Contemporary Dance in Key West, Florida. Cointreau and Vogue magazine have commissioned pieces from her, and she has created and directed three Off-Off-Broadway productions, including Nutcracker: Rated R, which has sold out in its runs over the past six seasons, and the most recent, Dance Mayhem: A Grindhouse Ballet, which recently debuted at New York’s Theatre 80 to great acclaim. Her work has twice been selected to be presented at special galas at the National Arts Club, where Angela has performed along with such luminaries as Elaine Stritch, Tammy Grimes, Charles Busch and Julie Halston. Angela was a Hammerstein Beauty at Simon Hammerstein’s notorious downtown supper club, The Box, and also performs with Brooklyn Ballet, Brooklyn Repertory Opera and Opéra Français de New York. Most recently, Angela was commissioned to create original choreography for the New York screening of The Antics Roadshow, a new film by Banksy. Angela also taught dance at Lincoln Center for Midsummer Night’s Swing. The New York Post and many other publications have praised her choreography, and The New York Times sent a reporter to follow her troupe’s exploits last Bastille Day.
David F. Slone, Esq. reimagined the story of Nutcracker: Rated R with Angela, and, under the monicker The Hack, remixed much of the music for the piece. Having begun his career in downtown theater in the mid-seventies, David took a brief hiatus to get an education, earning a B.A. in Philosophy and a Juris Doctorate, both from Cornell University. Since his return to New York, he has continued to perform and direct, working with such underground luminaries as Jonathan Ames, Julie Atlas Muz, Tom Murrin and David Levine. Along with his mother, performer and lyricist Bobbie Horowitz, David founded, ran and taught for The Times Square Group, bringing arts education to underserved populations in the NYC school system. His edgy, remixed arrangements of standards and show tunes have been commissioned by the likes of notorious gender illusionist, Lady Clover Honey. He produces and emcees The Love Show and Le Squeezebox Cabaret, and, as a singer, has shared the stage with such stars of cabaret and Broadway as Sarah Rice, KT Sullivan, Martin Vidnovic, Eric Michael Gillette and Richard Skipper. In a review, The New York Times referred to David as resembling the ghost of Pavarotti.
The Love Show is your one stop shop for dance entertainment, ranging from ambiance to gogo to fully choreographed shows. With their tightly choreographed and costumed numbers and theatrical appeal, these gorgeous classically trained dancers tell a story with every number. A little cabaret, a little ballet and a whole lotta rock ‘n’ roll, The Love Show has entertained all audiences, from glitzy nightclub fashionistas to gritty downtown theatergoers. The Love Show’s client list includes Vogue Magazine, Cointreau, Dom Perignon, Veuve Clicquot, and the BBC, and they have rocked stages ranging from CBGB’s Gallery to posh SOHO House. The Love Show was most recently comissioned to perform original choreography for the New York screening of The Antics Roadshow, a new film by Banksy. An active presence on the New York art scene, The Love Show was also awarded a week long residency with Chashama, recently closed the sixth season of their very popular holiday show, Nutcracker: Rated R, and debuted their latest full-length piece, Dance Mayhem: A Grindhouse Ballet. The New York Post and many other publications have praised The Love Show, and The New York Times sent a reporter to follow the troupe’s exploits last Bastille Day.