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.

Axelrod Performing Arts Center
100 Grant Avenue, Deal Park, NJ 07723
732-531-9106 Box Office

The Axelrod Performing Arts Center is completely wheelchair accessible and provides a variety of assistive services upon request. In addition to Large Print Programs and hearing assistive devices at all performances, scheduled sign language interpreting, audio description, and sensory seminars are available at certain performances and upon request.

Contact the box office directly at 732-531-9106, ext. 14.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts