Key West Burlesque offers cheeky take on “Nutcracker”

Key West Burlesque’s production of “Sugar Rum Cherry: A Burlesque Nutcracker” returns Dec. 15-17 to the Key West Theater. COURTESY PHOTO

Key West Burlesque’s production of “Sugar Rum Cherry: A Burlesque Nutcracker” returns Dec. 15-17 to the Key West Theater. COURTESY PHOTO

Slip into your stockings and pull out your sugarplums for Key West Burlesque’s cheeky production of “Sugar Rum Cherry: A Burlesque Nutcracker” on Dec. 15-17 to the Key West Theater.

This naughty holiday two-act reverie, set to a combination of big band versions of various “Nutcracker” suites and classic holiday songs, features eight favorite local performers, four international burlesque superstars, and a bevy of sweet “drinks” in the land of libations.

“To say that I’ve been in love with the Nutcracker since childhood is an understatement!” said creator and producer Tatah Dujour, who takes the stage as the Sugar Rum Cherry Fairy. “The costuming, music and opulence of ‘The Nutcracker’ is unparalleled. All the things I loved about the ballet as a child are now all the things I love about burlesque as an adult.”

Act 1 of this grown-up version of “Nutcracker” is set at the dreamy “Club Sweets” cabaret, with a grown-up Clara performed by local burlesque favorite Moana Amour, and club show-host Sir Drosselmeyer, performed by a local favorite, who offers the feisty crowd an assortment of burlesque beauty divertissements — including the classic girl-in-the-giant-cake number, replacing the “doll diversions” in the original Nutcracker.

Act 2 takes place in the “Land of Libations,” where the burlesque stars embody a variety of adult cocktails — Tatah Dujour as the Sugar Rum Cherry, Lila Starlet as the Spanish Spiked Hot Chocolate, and roller-skating sensation Cheryl Hunt as the Snow Queen and Peppermint White Russian.

Now in its third year of production, the holiday spectacle also features fan favorites such as Frankie Markstone as the infamous Rat Queen and Key West burlesque dancer Perfoming in spectacular group numbers with titles such as “Dancing Daiquiris” and “Arabian Nights Coffee.”

The Key West Theater is at 512 Eaton St. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets: www.thekeywesttheater.com or call 305-985-0433. ¦

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