Adam Hyndman, Chris Grace, Casey Rogers & More Lead 50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL Off-Broadway; Performances Begin Tonight
50 Shades! The Musical - The Original Parody at The Elektra Theatre (300 W. 43rd Street) will begin performances tonight, February 21st with opening night set for March 12th. Directed by Al Samuels and Rob Lindley, 50 Shades! The Musical - The Original Parody is produced by Royal Mile Entertainment, Andrew Asnes, Rob Kolson and 50 Shades Tour LLC.
The cast features David Andino (The Buddy Holly Story), Kaitlyn Frotton (Scab), Chris Grace ("The Awkward Moment"), Adam Hyndman (NBC's "The Sing Off"), Tim Murray (MTV's "White House Down"), Amber Petty (voice of Sirius/XM's Radio Margaritaville), Casey Rogers (Catch Me If You Can), Alec Varcas (Spamalot), Ashley Ward (Baby Wants Candy), and Chloe Williamson (Save The Date).
50 Shades! The Musical - The Original Parody opens with a trio of girlfriends setting aside staid book club fare in favor of a sexier sort of page-turner. Interest piqued, they devour the novel while the notorious characters', Anastasia and Christian, delicious affair comes to life before their eyes. The musical is an uproarious rollercoaster ride through this unlikely bestseller. The show features a sassy original score with musical influences ranging from traditional musical theater to R&B to Gilbert and Sullivan, including the provocative "I Don't Make Love..." and "There's a Hole Inside of Me."
Since author E.L. James' book was published, more than 70 million copies have been sold worldwide. The novel became the fastest selling paperback book ever, beating out J.K Rowling's Harry Potterseries, and was on the New York Times' Best Sellers List for 16 weeks straight. There have been more than 60 printings of the book and Universal Studios will release the film on February 13, 2015. The book has made reading erotica on the subway acceptable.
50 Shades! The Musical - The Original Parody has a book by Al Samuels, Amanda Blake Davis, Emily Dorezas, Jody Shelton, Ashley Ward, and Dan Wessels, and music and lyrics by Amanda Blake Davis, Jody Shelton, Ashley Ward, Al Samuels and Dan Wessels. Set and Costume Design is by John Dunnett, Lighting Design is by Herrick Goldman, and Sound Design is by Matt Kraus. 50 Shades! The Musical - The Original Parody is choreographed by Mindy Cooper and Joy Dewingis the casting director.
50 Shades! The Musical - The Original Parody had a hit run at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and is currently enjoying great success on a national tour, including engagements at San Francisco's Marines' Memorial Theater and Chicago's Broadway Playhouse. An upcoming run at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles will begin in February. Like the book series, 50 Shades! The Musical is not for those under the age of 18, but does not cross boundaries that would make general audiences squirm.