See Video: ’50 Shades! The Musical’ is a Raunchy and Fun Parody

By A. Charlotte Rose

See video of ’50 Shades! The Musical’ dress rehearsal in New York.

Even if I had never read Fifty Shades of Grey, I still would have loved the thoroughly entertaining experience that is 50 Shades! The Musical. The fact that it is a genius send-up of the best-selling book by British author E.L. James, and her fans, made it completely hilarious.

I happened to be sitting next to a couple visiting from Portland, Washington – where some of Fifty Shades takes place – and the guy asked me a gazillion questions because neither of them had read the books. “We knew it was a cultural phenomenon,” he said. “So we wanted to see it.” But they laughed their heads off, proving that this parody is funny, in general.

But if you are a fan, you have to attend with someone who also is a fan! My friend Elise joined me and we continuously howled in laughter at the inside jokes. It was so much fun.

The musical centers around three women in a ho-hum private book club who decide to spice things up by reading the book everyone is talking about—Fifty Shades of Grey. These ladies are having their own erotic awakening as they read about Anastasia Steele’s adventures with Christian Grey. And, as they later admit, their sex drives are heightening, they are masturbating like crazy, and their love lives are getting a boost—a phenomenon reported by many women who read the book, which has sold 100 million copies worldwide.

The underlying message is women should be sexually liberated and should enjoy sensual fun. Yay!

It is difficult to discuss a theater experience like this without spoilers, especially since it is a very direct parody of the book. I will try not to reveal too much so you can have the same joy of hilarious discovery. But I will say this: Fifty Shades of Grey fans are extremely attached to their own personal image of Christian Grey. If you ask 10 fans who he looks like they will put forth the name of 10 different actors. 50 Shades! The Musical has a little fun with that. You will be stunned by Mr. Grey when he is revealed. And then, well, you may fall in love when you hear him sing, watch him dance, and hear him talk oh so dirty. Oh my.

Here are 11 hilarious and wonderful aspects of 50 Shades! The Musical.

1. The Book. It’s no secret that there have been detractors who think that Fifty Shades of Grey may not be well written, but fans love the simplicity of the writing and adore the love story between Christian and Ana. My first favorite thing is the program, which boasts that the show is: “The Original Parody of the Greatest Novel Ever Written.”

2. Anastasia Steele. She is an everywoman’s Ana– beautiful, normal-sized, dressed in cute clothes, and as adorable, funny, and sweet as the “real” Ana. This Ana has the most amazing singing voice and she played the innocent virgin well. Especially when she sang a song that exclaimed, ‘There’s a hole inside of me… I wish I had something to begin to fill this hole.” Because we all know that, in the book, she gets that and “more.”

3. Christian Grey. As hinted, he is a total surprise and he will totally get your attention. He is an amazing, sexy singer. And when he is on stage scantily clothed, sweaty, dancing, and singing, “I don’t make love… I fuck,” you will feel it. Yes, you will feel it, baby.

4. Taylor. He is half naked for the entire show… and that’s a good thing.

5. Jose. Played like a hyper-sexual Latin lover, ,every move he makes is in a jump, leap, or a tango. The camera equipment he uses to keep snapping photos of Ana is hilarious. When they come to the famous club scene where Ana gets drunk and pushes him away, she off course yells “No… no… no way, Jose!”

6. Kate Kavanagh. Ana’s BFF comes off like a slutty valley girl and we discover it was not a cold that sent Ana packing to her first fateful meeting with Mr. Grey. No, Kate was hung over. “I just need you to drive four hours out of the city to interview some weird, reclusive, cocky billionaire,” she says.

7. The Contract. The prop used as ‘The Contract” is hysterical and it set Ana off into contemplation, and song, about “his huge budging… contract. “

8. Charlie Tango. The stage became the sky for a tiny toy helicopter prop on a pole and string as Christian and Ana rolled in on a makeshift helicopter seats, arguing about the contract. To those who know and love Charlie Tango, it is quite fun.

9. The Red Room of Pain. There are hunky, bare-chested men to help reveal what is in Christian’s BDSM hideaway. And there is something new in there that belongs in the kitchen! You’ll spot it.

10. Spanking. There is enough to keep you satisfied.

11. The songs and music. One of the biggest surprises is how great this production is. It is completely professional with top notch performances. The music is entertaining and hilarious. One of our favorites is Christian and Ana singing they are just like, “Any Other Couple.” Ha!

Overall, they lampooned the “Greatest Novel Ever Written” in the most loving and hilarious way, with blatant sexual humor and fun sex talk. For us Fifty fans, they brought the story alive and gave us a fun night out as we wait for the Fifty Shades of Grey movie.

50 Shades! The Musical is at the Elektra Theater at 300 West 43rd Street. Check here for tickets and show times.

It’s written 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. It is choreographed by Mindy Cooper and Joy Dewing is the (brilliant) casting director.

The hilarious sound track, which we bought last night, is available on Amazon.

Reprinted from my Hot Romance column on The Three Tomatoes.


New Book From M. Leighton: ‘All The Pretty Lies’ Join Chat with Author November 14, 8 PM est

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November 12, 2013: M. Leighton’s new book, All the Pretty Lies, releases today, November 12. The Fifty Shades of Grey News fan page is happy to announce an author chat with M. Leighton on Thursday evening, November 14, 8 PM eastern time, right here. There will also be a give-away drawing for an autographed copy All the Pretty Lies.

The motto of this steamy new book, which is part of a series, is “Live, no regrets.” You can order the Kindle edition of All The Pretty Lies here.

Meet the characters, and the couple:

Her: Sloane Locke has led a sheltered life. However, with a history like hers, she can understand why her brothers and her father want so much to protect her. She has gone along with it for twenty long years, but those days are over. For the girl who never makes promises, Sloane has made a pact with herself that things will change on her twenty-first birthday. So when the clock strikes midnight, Sloane strikes out to spread her wings and break a few rules.

Him: In addition to inking skin, Hemi Spencer possesses many talents. Controlling himself has never been one of them. It’s never had to be. He’s lived a life of indulgence for as long as he can remember. Right up until tragedy struck. Now, he’s nothing but controlled. He’s a man on a mission, one who will let nothing and no one stand in his way.

Them: Nothing in their lives could’ve prepared Sloane and Hemi for what they’d find in each other—distraction and obsession, love and possession. But the one thing they can’t find is a future. Neither one has been totally honest. And they’ll soon learn that the devil is in the details. In the details and in the lies.

The question is: How far will two people go to live in the now when the now is all they’ve got?

About M. Leighton:
M. Leighton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Wild Ones and The Bad Boys romance trilogies. She is a native of Ohio, relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she lets her mind wander to romantic settings with sexy Southern guys much like the one she married and the ones you’ll find in her latest books. When her thoughts aren’t roaming in that direction, she’ll be riding horses, swimming in ponds and experiencing life on a ranch, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office.

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