Get up close and personal with Christian Grey! 50 Shades! The Musical - The Original Parody of E.L. James’ erotic bestseller, will begin performances off-Broadway on February 21. Directed by Al Samuels and Rob Lindley, the lampoon musical will officially open March 12 at the Elektra Theatre.
50 Shades! features a book by Samuels, Amanda Blake Davis, Emily Dorezas, Jody Shelton, Ashley Ward and Dan Wessels and music and lyrics by Samuels, Davis, Shelton, Ward and Wessels. The musical opens with a ladies book club deciding to read Fifty Shades of Grey. Through their interpretation of the novel, the audience is lead on an amusing ride through Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele’s kinky relationship. The show features dance numbers and original songs delivered by a live, on-stage band accompanying the cast.
The 50 Shades! creative team features set and costume design by John Dunnett, lighting design by Herrick Goldman, and sound design by Matt Kraus. This show is not to be confused with Cuff Me: The Fifty Shades of Grey Musical Parody, which featured parodies of hit songs and is also appearing off-Broadway.
Since author E.L. James’ novel was published, more than 70 million copies have been sold worldwide. Universal Studios is scheduled to release the film on February 13, 2015 starring Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan and Tony winners Jennifer Ehle and Marcia Gay Harden.