There are a million reasons to go see Company XIV’s new show Rococo Rouge, including its smoking-hot cast, the towering French Revolution-inspired wigs, and music numbers that are one-part Moulin Rouge and two-parts Cirque du Soleil. It is almost easier to give the few reasons why someone wouldn’t go to Rococo Rouge, and hint, this is a very short list.
You are under 21.
Yes, Rococo Rouge is a 21 & over show, which means that the alcohol can flow and performers can feel a little freer with their costumes and audience interactions. This is one of the few good reasons to miss Rococo Rouge, but when that happy birthday arrives, a Company XIV show would be a great way to celebrate!
You hate sexy people.
Like Janet Weiss, you aren’t a fan of muscles.
The idea of having toned, strong, sexy bodies dancing only a few feet away from you is utterly unappealing. You would rather stay home, catching up on episodes of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and eating leftover Chinese food. How old is that Kung pao chicken?
Also, looking at sexy people might make you a little jealous, and that’s okay! It’s okay to be a little jelly. I mean, look at this cast!
But when being a little jelly gets in the way of seeing great downtown theater, you might have a problem.
You hate live music.
Rococo Rouge boasts some great musical talents, from its sultry chanteuses to its more operatic musical styling and a very talented guitarist who accompanies throughout the show (and even performed some more solo numbers during intermission). There is classic opera like “Habanera” from Carmen as well as re-imaginings of pop hits like Lorde’s “Royals,” Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” and Britney Spears’ “Toxic.” A rendition of Daughter’s “Youth” was particularly moving, compelling a few audience members to give a spontaneous standing ovation.
If you can’t find at least one song to love in their line-up, you might not like music.
Acrobats don’t impress you.
Physical feats of strength with grace and beauty? Ehhhh.
Cirque du Soleil? More like Cirque du So-Lame! You don’t like watching people more talented than you!
You live in the town from Footloose.
Dancing is a sin, so watching men and women in corsets dance with each other is downright scandalous! Of course, color TV, Fahrenheit 451, and ladies showing off their ankles is scandalous, too, so the bar is set pretty low.
You hate fun.
It might be that simple. Tasty cocktails, a cast of lovely gentlemen and ladies, dance, music, frivolity – you hate it all.
In short, you might be Grumpy Cat.
Rococo Rouge opens Saturday, September 20 at 8 PM and will be running through November 2, 2014 at Company XIV’s new home, 428 Lafayette Street. On show nights, The Bar at XIV will open at 5 PM and remain open throughout and after the show.
Show schedule is Tuesday thru Sunday at 8 PM with a few exceptions listed below:
Saturday, October 25 – Show at 10 PM
Tuesday October 28 – No Show
Tickets are $55 to $125 and can be purchased online at http://CompanyXIV.com or by calling 212-677-1447. Use the offer code rococorouge thru September 28 to get 14% off regular ticket price.
All images featuring Company XIV’s Rococo Rouge are courtesy of photographer Phillip Van Nostrand and DARR Publicity.