AXCBT presents

The Nutcracker ROCKS



A holiday event for the whole family, The Nutcracker ROCKS is a mixture of high-power music and dance that will transport you to a land of brave toy soldiers and sweet sugar plum fairies. Based on Hoffman’s original story, choreographer Gabriel Chajnik translates the Victorian-era Nutcracker from the bustles and ruffles of the 1890s to contemporary times in this premiere from the Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater. Clara’s rocker Uncle Dross, played by Matteo DeBenedetti, shakes things up when he shows up to a distinguished Manhattan holiday party with his electric guitar and his amazing toys, igniting the imagination of people young and old. The beloved Tchaikovsky score is reimagined in collaboration with renowned rockers Alex Rosamilia and Alex Levine, members of The Gaslight Anthem. The Nutcracker ROCKS is destined to become a Jersey Shore staple for many holidays to come.

Sat. December 12, 4 PM & 8 PM

Sun. Dec. 13 & 20, 1 PM & 4 PM

Weds. Dec. 16, 11 AM

Sat. Dec. 19, 1 PM & 4 PM


Premium Adult $54; Regular Adult $48;

Premium Senior $46; Regular Senior $40; Students $26


The Axelrod Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 10 AM to 4 PM. Please call 732-531-9106, ext 14.


Matteo DeBenedetti,

Asbury Park singer-songwriter,

stars as Uncle Dross.


Alex Levine and Alex Rosamilia, members of The Gaslight Anthem, composer-arrangers for

The Nutcracker Rocks.